RCN Nurse of the Year

Taurai Matare has been named RCN Nurse of the Year 2019 for her innovative work in transforming her unit, its care pathways and workforce over 14 years. The matron for ophthalmology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, received the accolade at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019. Ms Matare, an advanced nurse practitioner, was recognised in part for her role in achieving a zero nurse vacancy rate in eye theatres at the hospital, as well as zero complaints in 2018. The Care Quality Commission has described the theatres as the ‘gold star’ of Whipps Cross. In addition, 80% of the trust’s ophthalmology staff would recommend the unit as a place to work. Ms Matare was named as the overall winner, having earlier won the Leadership category at the awards. On being named RCN Nurse of the Year, Ms Matare said: ‘I have been a nurse for over 25 years, and to be recognised in this way for me is the pinnacle of my career.’