A massive congratulations to Philip Darbyshire who has been voted by his peers as the 2012 Social Media Nurse of the year.
The response to this award has been totally overwhelming, with the nominees joining in the spirit of the award via their individual social media networks to encourage a total of 2,577 votes!
I think that alone speaks volumes for the respect and influence that all our nominees have earned, and underscores the important work they have done and continue to do, to improve both the integrity of our profession and the quality of the care we deliver to our communities.
So, now I ask you to help celebrate Philips well deserved award, by spreading word of his success via the very social media networks that bestowed it.
And, importantly, by also congratulating all the nominees for their incredible work during 2012.
To honour these undeniably valued nursing leaders…… lets really shout our appreciation out there!
Finally, I hope these awards may have motivated other nurses to begin using social media to bring their own strengths, skills and voices forward.
Next year, the Social Media Nurse of the Year 2013 will be an even bigger and more prestigious event.
You can just sorta feel these things.
Philip is a remarkable nurse.
He began nursing in 1974, in what was then called ‘Mental Handicap’ Nursing.
This was followed by work in the Paediatric nursing specialty at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Here, he worked with children experiencing profound multiple (physical and intellectual) handicaps.
Eventually he moved into education.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney, as well as a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University and Swansea University in the UK.
He has led one of Australia’s most successful research & Practice Development units (accredited by the Australian Council for Healthcare Standards in 2008 as being an “example of excellence in research leadership”)
Philip is also on the editorial board of several leading nursing and research journals as well as being prolifically published himself.
He is very active across the spectrum of social media environments encouraging, empowering and engaging nurses to think about what exactly it is that we do.
Let see, have I missed anything? Oh yes…Philip is an often sought public speaker having presented over 100 keynote papers and workshops in 12 countries.