Antrim nurse wins prestigious UK award

A nurse from Antrim has won a highly respected British Journal of Nursing (BJN) Award - the Stoma Care Nurse of the Year 2020.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 12:23 pm

Helen Coulter has won the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to stoma care nursing which includes delivering training programmes to external organisations who provide support for patients living with a stoma, with particular emphasis on care homes.

She has also delivered training for security staff at both of Belfast’s airports, helping them understand the needs of

people living with a stoma and therefore helping reduce trauma for these passengers.

Award winning nurse - Helen Coulter Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

The British Journal of Nursing (BJN) is the leading general clinical journal for nurses, publishing up-to-date clinical reviews, original research and evidence-based papers. Its annual awards are therefore very well respected and recognise the outstanding work undertaken by nurses across the UK in a large array of fields.

Award winner Helen said: “I am delighted to have won this award, it’s an honour and a privilege and I am extremely grateful to the people who nominated me.

“To be a finalist in the awards was amazing, but to win is absolutely incredible. I have been nursing for 37 years and have been with Respond Healthcare for almost 10 of those years. I am extremely passionate about stoma care in the community and the smooth transition of patients from hospital to home.

“Education of anyone who comes into contact with an ostomate, be it family, friends, carers, is the key to success and I am proud this work has been recognised.”