Student nurses, nurse leaders, universities and lecturers came together last week at the St Paul’s Grange Hotel in London to celebrate student nursing across the UK.
The event was attended by England’s next chief nurse, Jane Cummings, who said: “I’m really pleased that Student Nursing Times is recognising the most promising students. I want every nurse to be proud of their profession. The real skill of modern nurses is to treat patients with dignity and respect. There is nothing that says you can’t be academic and compassionate, those who say you can’t insult the nursing profession.”
Jenni Middleton, editor of Nursing Times, said: “I am so delighted that we were able to make a difference to students and show them how much we appreciate them in these Student Nursing Times Awards. All too often, we run down the achievements of this group, and the event proved how much we have to be proud of.”
The standard of entrants in all 10 categories was outstanding. It demonstrated the attainment of student nurses as well as the excellent work that lecturers, higher education institutions, mentors and placements do in shaping the future generation of nurses.
Student Nursing Times would like to offer our sincere congratulations to the brilliant winners and finalists and, of course, a huge thank you to our sponsors for their invaluable support.
Mentor of the Year
Winner Jane Maria Williams, Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board
“It’s a really moving moment. I came to nursing late and it changed my life. Investing in students is a way of saying thanks.”
Student Placement of the Year
Winner Plymouth University
“We’re absolutely over the moon. Our students are the next generation, they’re our future. They bring a lot to us, they challenge us. There’s a dual learning process going on – we get as much from them as they get from us.”
Lecturer of the Year
Winner Mark Wheatley, Teesside University
“I’m thrilled to win. I thought that if I won today it would validate that I was getting something right. I’ve never forgotten what it’s like to be a student nurse. I will take this award forward to inspire student nurses as to what you can achieve if you work hard and are committed.”
Teaching Innovation of the Year
Winner Introduction to the Clinical Simulations and Mental Health Skills Development Programme, Kingston University and St George’sUniversity London
“Our programme has gone from strength to strength each year. Winning this award is brilliant as so often this type of work isn’t acknowledged. It’s important to support the people who are innovating and always have in the back of your mind – how can I do this better?”
Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)
Winner School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling
“I’m absolutely delighted to win for the staff but for the students especially. I think it’s really important as you hear so many negative media stories. It’s a great profession and we have a lot of caring nurses,” said Julia Scott, director of learning, teaching and quality enhancement.
Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration)
Winner Continuing Professional Development Framework, Northumbria University
“This award recognises the skill, expertise and commitment of all staff contributing to the programmes within the CPD portfolio and it is nice to know that students think so highly of our provision,” said Northumbria University’s Ann Mott.
Student Nurse of The Year: Children
Winner Vivien Gregory, University of Greenwich
“I’m going to stick this award in the cabinet at university. I want others to think ‘If she’s won one award, I want to win two’. I want to inspire my colleagues, you can always do better.”
Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities
Winner Matthew Mclean, University of York
“I’m very proud. Learning disabilities nursing is not underrated but it’s understated – the skills learning disabilities nurses have are often misunderstood. There’s a lot we can do to improve this. I am going to use this award to improve the work I do.”
Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health
Winner Lisa Roberts, Glasgow Caledonian University
“Winning the award has been a truly overwhelming experience – I feel prouder than I could ever put into words. I’m thrilled to have my efforts recognised by Student Nursing Times and honoured to be an ambassador for mental health nursing.”
Student Nurse of the Year: Adult
Winner Rebecca Phillips, Teesside University
“Nursing is something I’d always wanted to do and I’m honoured and thrilled to receive this award. My training has been fantastic. I want to thank Teesside University and North Tees and Hartlepool Trust for enabling me to surpass any expectations I ever could have had for myself when embarking on this career.”