Graduates praised for 'human side of nursing'
Two newly-qualifieds from Edinburgh have received a special award in recognition of their outstanding caring skills.
Nursing graduate Julie McLaren and new midwife Lyndsey Anderson both graduated from Edinburgh Napier University earlier this month.
They also received the Simon Pullin Award, an honour established by the university to recognise the human side of nursing.
The award 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 students to look beyond the health of the patient to enquire and respond to simple though often fundamental needs not necessarily related to illness.
For example, making sure a patient can reach their own water glass or can have some privacy when feeling upset.
Ms McLaren and Ms Anderson received their awards plus £250 prize money at their graduation ceremony on 23 October.
Ms McLaren, who lives in West Lothian, said: “Compassionate care is my most valued nursing skill and to be recognised for this is amazing.”
Dr Stephen Smith, the university’s lead nurse in compassionate care, said the pair had “displayed all the vital professional and caring skills required of a healthcare professional today”.
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