Ebene News – GB – British Empire Medal will be a ‘bittersweet’ moment for Nurse Wendy

SENIOR ICU nurse at Royal Oldham Hospital says recognition in New Year’s list of honors for nursing services will be a’ bittersweet ‘experience

Wendy Clapham, 49, former Saddleworth School student, received the British Empire Medal (BEM) with special emphasis for her work during the Covid-19 pandemic

But in October, Greenfield raised Wendy to mourn the death of her grandmother, Joan Horsfield, who died aged 92

“It wasn’t related to the coronavirus but it was unforeseen,” said Wendy, who spent three decades in the nursing profession

“She was proud of me at first, but that would have made her year. So receiving the BEM will be bittersweet”

Part of the BEM quote says, “Wendy ensured that around 100 non-ICU nurses received training and were integrated into the nursing team to dramatically increase the number of patients treated

“She made sure the nurses took care of themselves by arranging psychological support, as well as ‘wobbling’ rooms ……”

“I have been a nurse for 30 years and this has been one of the most difficult years of my life,” she confirmed

“It has been very difficult and moving for everyone. Our General Manager said at the start that it would be a marathon not a sprint

“It’s actually not even a marathon, it’s a triathlon We now realize that there will be ebbs and flows from different time periods until the vaccinations are done

“It would be nice to think that in 2021 we will have some semblance of normalcy. I hope we can see visitors coming back

“One of our biggest challenges was the visitation restrictions that we had to put in place. It was difficult for the staff as well as for the relatives

“For me this is my local hospital This is where your friends and family will be treated so you want it to be the best for them”

Wendy, who now lives in Royton, found out about her BEM award earlier in December, but has vowed to keep it a secret except for her husband, Stephen

“I really share it because it’s a reflection on the Royal Oldham Hospital,” she said “We all came together and supported each other

“Some of the staff who came to see us in intensive care had never been in an intensive care unit and yet we asked them to support our staff in taking care of the patients”

To contribute to the well-being of the staff, Wendy, who previously worked at hospitals in Tameside, Bolton and North Manchester, created a “wobble room” “

“He does what he says on the box,” she smiles “Staff can step in for 5-10 minutes if they’re not doing too well or just need to do a job. pause

“You can always tell if someone is passing by. There are now about five of these wobbly rooms all over the hospital”

“Normally this stuff only happens to other people,” she admitted. “At first I thought I was just nominated

“It’s good to be recognized as an individual but it’s not really an individual who wins, it’s a team”

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British Empire Medal, New Year’s Honors, Oldham, UK

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