Two £1,000 bursaries have been created by Brighton University to support nurses’ learning and improve care for patients.
The university’s new Barleycorn Award for Professional Development is named after one of its recent graduates, Donna Barleycorn.
Last year she was handed a prestigious Florence Nightingale Scholarship to research nurse trauma care in England and South Africa.
An anonymous benefactor is helping finance the bursaries and Ms Barleycorn will be offering personal mentorship for award winners.
The university will award the bursaries each year to support undergraduate continuous professional education nursing students who want to undertake the dissertation module of their course.
Shirley Bach, head of the university’s school of nursing and midwifery, said: “These awards will not simply be given to the best students, but to those with a personal ambition and drive to improve care and who can maximise the benefits that the award can provide.
Professor Bach added: “This will give us an opportunity to assist nurses with diplomas to top up to a full degree, especially those whose sponsorship does not extend to the dissertation module.”
Ms Barleycorn said: “I am very pleased and excited about this award. I have received a great deal of support in my progress as a nurse, particularly as a Nightingale Scholar and I want to repay that belief by supporting other nurses in training and to carry forward the ethos of professional development for all nurses.”
Donna Barleycorn at this year’s Westminster Abbey service commemorating the life of Florence Nightingale. She was handed the Nightingale lamp, representing the passing on of knowledge