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Student wins accolade for outstanding nursing staff in trust first

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Faye Louise Crawford has become the first student nurse to ever be crowned as the overall winner of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s annual awards for nursing staff.

The trust honoured Ms Crawford with its Nightingale Award for showing exceptional determination and professionalism, after she continued with her studies despite experiencing a family tragedy.

“It’s been very challenging, undoubtedly rewarding, but also the most incredible experience in my life”

Faye Louise Crawford

The student nurse returned to her role just days after suddenly losing her mother, Kerry Crawford, for whom she said the award would have been “a dream come true”.

Patients at The James Cook University Hospital also praised the 23-year-old for providing a high level of care and for her positive and friendly attitude.

Ms Crawford, who lives in Redcar, will start her third year at Teesside University in September this year.

She said: “It is such an honour and privilege to win. I am beyond amazed and would just like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my nursing qualification.

“My nursing journey has definitely not been what I expected it to be,” she said. “It’s been very challenging, undoubtedly rewarding, but also the most incredible experience in my life.

She said: “I’m just appreciative of everyone, especially my mentor Sue Mortimer who nominated me, as she was brilliant and amazing through such a difficult time in my life. Everybody has been so great to me.

“I’m hoping, fingers crossed, to be back at South Tees for my third year and to then get a job here as well,” she added.

“These awards recognise those nurses and nursing teams who go above and beyond the call of duty”

Wendy Anderson

Wendy Anderson, the trust’s Macmillan nurse consultant for chemotherapy, said: “These awards recognise those nurses and nursing teams who go above and beyond the call of duty.

“Congratulations and well done to all the nominees,” she said. “I was especially delighted and proud to be able to present Faye, with the overall Nightingale Award; she’s an exceptional student nurse.”

Non-executive director Maureen Rutter, herself a nurse, added: “This is the first time a student has won the Nightingale Award. I’m really proud to say that my profession is safe in Faye’s hands.”

Nightingale Award Winners 2018:

  • Team Award – Lindsay Garcia, Debbie Craddock and Intensive Care Unit 3 Team
  • Sister Award – Sergeant Natasha Sinclair
  • Staff Nurse Award – Owen Hart, Staff Nurse Ward 28
  • Healthcare Assistant Award – Bridie Hutchinson, Healthcare Assistant Ward 25
  • Student Award – Faye Louise Crawford, Student Nurse Ward 28
  • Military Award – LCpl Lee McConnell, Healthcare Assistant
  • Midwifery Award – Ellie Dobson, Midwife
  • Paediatric Award – Irene Redpath, Specialist Nurse Neonatal Outreach
  • Senior Award – Helen Walker, Haematology Specialist Outreach Nurse
  • Outstanding Contribution to Patient Experience – Debi McKeown, Nursing Sister in Therapeutic Care
  • Friends of the Friarage Award – Pamela Andrassy, Theatre Staff Nurse
  • Patients’ Award – Cheryl Honeyman, Specialist Nurse, Scoliosis
  • Community Services Award – Redcar District Nursing Team
  • Learning Environment Award – Ward 3
  • Mentor Award – Katy Mayhew, Paediatric Staff Nurse, A&E
  • Nightingale Award – Faye Louise Crawford, Student Nurse
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