A nursing student has been named Nurse of the Year 2017 by a trust in the East Midlands, despite having not qualified yet, and is to have one of the city’s trams named after her.
Christina O’Loughlin, 24, a University of Nottingham student nurse was nominated for an award by the grateful parents of a child she cared for in hospital at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
“I hope to be a great nurse in the future”
Ms O’Loughlin, a second-year graduate entry nursing student, was subsequently chosen as the overall winner at the trust’s awards event, as well as being named Student Nurse of the Year.
One the ceremony’s sponsors, Nottingham Express Transit (NET), has also agreed to name one of its trams after Ms O’Loughlin.
She is due to graduate in December and hopes to return to trust, where her mother Wendy also works as a discharge co-ordinator.
Ms O’Loughlin said: “It was my mum who inspired me to pursue my dreams of becoming a nurse and I am so happy, but also really shocked, to win these awards.
“Hopefully, I’ll carry on the way I am and continue to learn from those around me, and I hope to be a great nurse in the future,” she said.
Professor Joanne Lymn, head of university’s school of health sciences, said: “Our School motto talks about excellence being a habit and Christina is a wonderful example of this, going over and above on a daily basis and describing it as ‘just doing my job’. She is truly inspirational.”
Ms O’Loughlin was one of eight winners at the trust’s annual Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards, which recognise the outstanding contributions of staff working for Nottingham University Hospitals.
In total, 22 nurses and midwives were shortlisted for the awards, which were hosted at the Nottingham Conference Centre.
Trust chief nurse Mandie Sunderland said: “We have had a fantastic response from the people of Nottingham, with almost 40,000 votes for this year’s winners. This is testament to the outstanding care being provided.
“Never has it been so important that we take the time to recognise and appreciate the vital role of our nurses and midwives,” she said.
The 2017 winners are:
- Adult Nurse of the Year – Laura Hardwick
- Children’s Nurse of the Year – Claire Pothecary
- Healthcare Assistant of the Year – John Marriott
- International Nurse of the Year – Andreia Almeida
- Midwife of the Year – Heather Bartram
- Nurse Leader of the Year – Lucy Gillespie
- Student Nurse of the Year – Christina O’Loughlin
- QMC 40 Anniversary Award – Mary Palframan