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?