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Belfast nurse named 'healthcare heroine' with award

Jenny McCoubrey, Registered Nurse at Balmoral Healthcare, Picture by Matt Mackey
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A WOMAN who lost her son at the beginning of the pandemic has been named `nurse of the year' for her work with vulnerable adults.

Jenny McCoubrey, from Balmoral Healthcare, received the accolade at the 2022 Inspirational Women of the Year Awards in recognition of her work on the Covid-19 frontline.

Despite the devastating loss of her son Jake, Ms McCoubrey continued to work tirelessly to provide the highest standards of care to vulnerable adults.

"It's an absolute honour to have received this award for the work I love to do. The last two years have been the hardest for me, both personally and professionally, but as a registered nurse, I take pride in helping other people and in doing whatever I can to make the lives of my patients as comfortable as possible," she said.

"I accept this award on behalf of my fellow nurses, as each and every one of them inspires me every day in the hard work that we all do on the frontline."

Kieran McCormick, Managing Director of Balmoral Healthcare said: “She is a true professional and a valued member of Balmoral Healthcare. Congratulations Jenny, we are very proud of you."

The awards, organised by Local Women magazine, recognise the women across Northern Ireland who go above and beyond in their jobs to help others.

Kim Kelly, editor of Local Women said: "It is without a doubt that Jenny McCoubrey is a healthcare heroine and embodies the core virtues of a nurse. Jenny sadly lost her son at the beginning of the pandemic but despite this, she has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic."

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