She was awarded at a ceremony by the Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation.
A Laois woman has won the Midwife of the Year award.
Clare Kennedy - who works in St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny - was awarded the title by the Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation at a ceremony in the Richmond Event Centre, Dublin last night.
The Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards were relaunched this year by the INMO to celebrate the incredible works by its members across Ireland.
Clare provides holistic care to women, their families and babies, and was nominated by her team for “going above and beyond” in her patient care, while also being a supportive voice to colleagues.
She said, "I’m still in shock to be honest! I got a call from the INMO to tell me I had won the award while I was at work and I was just so humbled and surprised; I just couldn’t believe it.
“There is a whole team here who work really diligently to make the service run so well. It’s a really innovative and evidence-based service.
“I also want to thank the management team here for their ongoing support. I was nominated by my colleagues so I am taking them for afternoon tea in Kilkee Castle so we can all celebrate together.”
INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said, “There is no shortage of talent, skill and dedication amongst Ireland’s nurses and midwives. Our panel had an incredibly difficult choice."