Theresa Lowry-Lehnen, Student Health Centre Nurse at Institute of Technology Carlow wins the ‘Practice Nurse of the Year 2020’ Award.
We are delighted to announce that Theresa Lowry-Lehnen the Nurse at Institute of Technology Carlow Student Health Centre has won the 'Practice Nurse of the Year 2020' award at the Irish Healthcare Awards which took place on Tuesday 1st December. The Irish Healthcare Awards are Ireland's leading and most prestigious medical Awards. Created by Irish Medical Times, the Awards are now in their 19th year and recognise innovation and excellence across the Irish healthcare sector.
Theresa is a graduate of Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH), The Open University, NUI Maynooth (NUIM), The University of Surrey, St. Mary's Teacher Training University College London and RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is a registered Teacher with the Teaching Council of Ireland, an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner and a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP).
Theresa has a vast background and experience in both secondary and primary care, and specialised in General Practice Nursing. She has over 37 years' experience in clinical nursing practice, combining her practice with 16 years in educational, teaching and lecturing roles. She has a PhD and has published a number of books and medical journal articles. She is a regular contributor to the Medical Independent, Update Journal and Nursing in General Practice Journal and has had over 40 academic articles published on a wide range of medical topics in the past two years. Some of her academic work has been used to create CPD modules for General Practice Nurse's continuous education and professional development.
Previous awards and recognition
Theresa was awarded the Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA) Educational Research Award in 2019, and won the 'Nursing Project of the Year Award' at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards in 2019. She was shortlisted for the Practice Nurse of the Year Award at the GP Buddy Awards in 2018 and 2019 and commended for the Practice Nurse of the Year at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2019. A member of the IPNA expert educational panel involved in producing an online educational CPD series for General Practice Nurses, Theresa was also elected as National PRO for the Irish Practice Nurses Association in November 2020.
On receiving the award, Theresa said "2020, is the Year of the Nurse, a time to celebrate the many wonderful achievements of the nursing profession and all those working in it. Having spent almost four decades working at the heart of our great profession, I am truly honoured and very proud to be the Practice Nurse of the Year 2020".
The Irish Student Health Association, would like to congratulate Theresa, on winning the prestigious 'Practice Nurse of the Year' Award 2020.
In a second accolade for the Irish Student Health Association at the Irish Healthcare Awards this year, our 'Student Health Matters' app was also shortlisted for the 'Best use of Information Technology' award.
The Irish Healthcare Awards 2020 can be viewed on line at: https://irishhealthcareawards.ie/IHCAs2020/en/page/awards-page