Senior nurse wins RCNi Nurse Award for work with Children

Drew McDonald, senior staff nurse at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital emergency department, has won an RCNi Nurse Award for his development of a tool for identifying sepsis in children. One in five patients with severe sepsis admitted to paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) die and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) emergency department (ED) senior staff nurse Drew McDonald was concerned that this could happen in his workplace. He therefore developed a clear and easy-to-use sepsis recognition tool for nursing staff to refer to during triage. The tool, which takes 20 seconds to complete, integrates Sepsis 6 into ED practice. It was implemented successfully at RACH. His leadership and commitment saw him announced winner of the child health category of the RCNi Nurse Awards, the profession’s top accolade.