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How can we show our appreciation of student nurses?

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Not wanting to miss out on the excitement, I took my laptop to reception and based myself there to meet our shortlist.

It wasn’t difficult to spot who was there to present to our judges. They all wore a uniform nervous smile and immediately reached for a copy of Nursing Times on seeing the strategically placed pile in the waiting area.

Within about an hour I suddenly became incredibly grateful that as a member of the Nursing Times team I have no say over who wins.  Although I didn’t sit in on the actual judging, if the enthusiasm coming through the waiting area was anything to go by, the judges were not going to have an easy decision.

As nerve-wracking as the judging process can be, not one of the students, mentors or teams I spoke to failed to say how grateful they were to be shortlisted.

Student nurses work so hard and make an important contribution to the healthcare team. When they go above and beyond and show immense promise this needs to be recognised.

I’m not saying we should give an award to every student nurse who has gone out of their way to make a difference to a patient or taken initiative to bring something new to their placement area. Being noticed for working hard gives student nurses the motivation they need to get through what is undoubtedly an incredibly tough course.

Our way of saying thank you to student nurses is to run Student Nursing Times Awards, how do you thank your students?

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  • tinkerbell

    Perhaps we could all donate some money to Rachael Starkey Student Nursing Times’ child branch student editor so she doesn't have to keep selling her clothes on ebay to continue her studies.

    Perhaps we could create a food bank for student nurses so they can afford to get to their placements or pay their parking fees but don't have enough money to buy themselves any decent food.

    Perhaps the awards could organise a night out for the 'other' students so that it's not all work and no play that makes Jack a dull boy, for those who can't afford to attend.

    Sure there are plenty more suggestions we could come up with.

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  • Anonymous

    Apart from paying us a living wage? Try to learn our names, and give us the odd weekend off.

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  • Liz Charalambous

    I always try to build a lasting relationships with my students who know they can always contact me for help even when they have left the placement.

    Its important we encourage, support and thank them as they are our future.

    We have come such a long way as a profession and should be proud that we have dynamic, inspirational and promising young people coming through who could choose any other health care profession.

    We need to let them know they are appreciated.

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  • Anonymous

    treat them with respect.

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  • Anonymous

    Learning our names is a big one!

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