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Do you think Lisburn has the best nurses in Northern Ireland? Have you been treated by a nurse that you think deserves to be rewarded for their dedication to their job?

The search is on to find the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2014.

Organised by the RCN, this is the eighteenth year of the awards which are designed to recognise and reward excellence in the nursing profession.

This year’s ceremony will be held on May 22, 2014 at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood.

The RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Award seeks to recognise professional excellence, innovation and leadership within nursing and is open to all registered nurses and midwives working in all health care sectors in Northern Ireland.

Candidates are required to demonstrate that they were instrumental in setting up a project, or initiated and led changes in nursing practice, that have had a demonstrable benefit for patient care.

The Patient’s Choice Award rewards practitioners who have specifically been nominated by patients and members of the public in recognition of the care.

Application forms for all categories are available from the RCN by telephoning 028 90 384 600 or can be downloaded online at

The closing date for entries is January 31, 2014.