Kim Arnell, who lives in Newquay, started work as a nurse almost 12 years ago on Wheal Coates ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital before moving 5 years later to a role on the Central Pre-operative Assessment Unit, where she remains a permanent member of the team.
Between 2010 and 2013, Kim was seconded to work on a Department of Health research project called the Building Blocks trial; a study to evaluate the Family Nurse Partnership Programme, a voluntary home visiting programme for teenage single mums.
At the end of 2015 Kim was asked to support a chronic heart failure study called REACH-HF through RCHT’s in-house staff bank – Kernowflex to cover maternity leave.
“It was from carrying out the work on the REACH-HF study I received this nomination,” explained Kim, who finished the study in December 2016. “I really enjoyed this study, as it was related to an area which interested me.”
Kim was nominated by her colleague Jenny Wingham, a Senior Clinical Researcher for the Trust. Jenny was delighted when she found out Kim’s nomination had been successful and feels she is a worthy winner. “Kim showed real commitment when working on the research study and to the patients and caregivers who took part,” explained Jenny. “Kim checked it was safe for patients to take part in the research, ensuring protocol was followed and was sensitive to the needs of the patients who often had other conditions as well as heart failure.
“On behalf of the REACH-HF team, we are delighted that Kim has got through to the finals of the RCN Bank Nurse of the year award.”
Kim stated she did not know she had been nominated for the award until she received an email a few weeks ago informing her that she has been shortlisted. “I feel honoured and blessed by this nomination, particularly as so many nursing professionals go unrecognised for their good work,” said Kim. “I would be thrilled if I won the award but to be honest I feel like I am a winner just to be nominated and shortlisted.”
The RCNi Nurse Awards 2017 take place in May in London; good luck Kim!