Two nursing students from Edinburgh Napier University have been recognised for their outstanding caring skills.
Judie Morrison and Jo Grant have both received Simon Pullin Awards at their graduation ceremonies last week. They also received £250 prize money at their graduation on Friday 4 July in Edinburgh.
The award was established by the university to recognise the human side of nursing. It was created in memory of senior nurse Simon Pullin who played a key role in Edinburgh Napier’s Compassionate Care Programme until his death from cancer in July 2011.
The programme encourages nursing and midwifery students to not only look after the health of the patient but to inquire and respond to fundamental needs not necessarily related to their illness.
For example, making sure a patient can reach their own water glass or can have some privacy when feeling upset.
Ms Morrison, 25, now works as a haematology nurse in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital and Ms Grant, 27, works in cardiology at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Stephen Smith, who is lead nurse in compassionate care at Edinburgh Napier, said: “Judie and Jo are worthy winners of the Simon Pullin Award having both shown exemplary person-centred compassionate skills.”
He added: “At Edinburgh Napier we strive to ensure our nurses and midwives receive the very best clinical training but also develop an understanding of the needs of individual patients and their relatives and what is especially important to them whilst they are receiving health care.”