Mariana Gordo, Heritage Home Care, Dundrum, Dublin has been named as Nurse of the Year at the 2023 Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) Home Care awards, supported by First Ireland.
The HCCI Nurse of the Year awards someone who shows exceptional abilities in the care of their clients and works to meet not just the medical/physical side of their care but also the mental and emotional well-being of clients. The winner should demonstrate how nursing skills integrate and support social/home care.
A panel of independent judges – TV presenter & designer, Brendan Courtney; Professor Mark White, Executive Dean, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI; Katie Sloan, CEO, Leading Age, USA; Janette Dwyer, Assistant National Director, Services for Older People Change and Innovation, HSE and Valerie Cox, journalist and author chose Mariana as the winner.
According to Mariana’s colleagues she gives ‘110% effort and attention’ to everyday tasks. They said she was ‘always fully focused on what is best for the client.’
Professor Mark White, Executive Dean, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI, commented on the variety and standard of nominations and the clear impact that the winner Mariana has had on her colleagues and service users. “The faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at RCSI is very pleased to be affiliated with the HCCI awards and honoured with the professional accolade associated with the annual Nurse of the Year award,” he said.
Keith Gill, Director of Health Care Insurance, First Ireland said, “We are delighted to support the HCCI Home Care awards. HCCI members and their teams of carers, schedulers, managers, HRs and nurses give so much to their clients and communities. They wholeheartedly deserve this recognition. Congratulations to all nominees and award winners and thank you for all you have done. We wish HCCI members and their teams all the best in the coming months.”
Joseph Musgrave, CEO, HCCI which is the representative body for home care providers and advocates for home care services to be made available to all on a statutory basis, said, “We are very lucky to have people like Mariana working in homecare. Her dedication and commitment make a huge difference to colleagues and clients. Sincere congratulations to Mariana on her win.”
Musgrave continued, “I would like to sincerely thank our event sponsor First Ireland whose support made this ceremony possible, as well as Spry Finance, The HR Company, One Touch, Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet and RCSI Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery for their sponsorship of individual awards. We are also very grateful to our independent judges for their time and expertise. And thank you to all our members who nominated colleagues for the awards.”
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