A Lanesboro woman was named ‘Nursing Home Registered Nurse of the Year’ at the Nursing Home Ireland (NHI) Care Awards, which were held recently.
Philomena Walsh, who works at Innis Ree Lodge Nursing Home in Ballyleague, was one of three finalists in the category, and had no idea she had won until her name was announced at the award ceremony, which was held at the CityWest Hotel in Dublin.
“I was surprised and deeply delighted,” she said afterwards. “It’s a great personal achievement. I take pride and joy in my job and Innis Ree Lodge is a wonderful place to work.”
Asked how she came to be nominated for the award, Philomena said it was all down to her managers at the nursing home.
“I was nominated by the Nurse Manager, Eileen Burke, and Assistant Nurse Manager, Caroline O’Reilly,” she revealed. “I’d like to thank them for nominating me.
“There were hundreds of nominations in my category and I was shortlisted for the final three. We were then interviewed and the final result was only announced on the night of the awards ceremony. There was tough competition and it was very challenging.”
The event was hosted by RTÉ presenter Gráinne Seoige and was attended by more than 400 people from the nursing home ad wider health and older person sectors.
A spokesperson for Innis Ree Lodge said: “Philomena is a shining example of how love, patience, and empathy can have a huge impact on our residents’ lives. We are proud to call Philomena our colleague and friend.”