South Yorkshire nurse up for award for using acupuncture to reduce sickness

Ruth Roddison
Ruth Roddison
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A Rotherham nurse has been shortlisted for a top nursing award for her innovative approach to improving sickness rates after surgery and in pregnancy.

Ruth Roddison, who works for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, is a finalist in the 'Innovations in your Specialty' category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017 - the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence.

The award, sponsored by Nursing Standard, is for nurses who have made an outstanding contribution to patient care or who have initiated projects that have made a real difference to the lives of the people they care for in any specialty.

Ruth will find out whether she has won at a ceremony in the Westminster Park Plaza hotel, London, on May 5.

Ruth, introduced the use of acupuncture for the prevention and treatment of post-operative nausea and vomiting in two high-risk groups - the hysterectomy patients and those recovering from joint replacement operations - and sickness levels dropped for both groups

Gynaecology and theatre admission unit nurses, along with community and hospital midwives have now been trained in delivering acupuncture and staff in palliative care, chemotherapy and rheumatology are also to be trained.

Ruth said: "My team and I feel very honoured and privileged to have our work shortlisted for a national award.

"Post-operative nausea and vomiting can be very debilitating; many patients feel that nausea and vomiting are worse symptoms than pain. To be able to implement such a simple technique and see such significant results has been incredible.

Nurse of the Year 2016, Venetia Wynter-Blyth, who was on the shortlisting panel, said: "Nursing is a diverse profession but the common thread that binds us together is the fact that we strive to uphold, deliver and improve patient-centred care.

"Awards such as these provide an opportunity to showcase all the brilliant work that takes place. But it is often the simplest change, borne from a desire to improve patient care, that has the biggest impact and adds the greatest value."