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Merseyside Hospital nurse recieves Best Mentor award

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Sarah Valentine, a staff nurse has received an award for training student nurses.

She was voted best mentor by student nurses who had more than 700 others to choose from.

Valentine, who has been working at the Cardiology Ward at University Hospital Aintree, was officially recognised for her committment to teaching at the NHS Innovations Project Presentation, where she was presented the award by Sheila Ollerhead, associate head of adult nursing at Edge Hill University.

Valentine said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told that I had won this award. In my view, I was just doing my job.  I love teaching and passing on what I have learnt for the benefit of others. It’s lovely to see the students’ progress and qualify.”

“As a mentor, I teach students about the role of being a staff nurse and what is involved in practice. It’s important to never assume anything when teaching, starting with the basics and working up from there. I remember what it was like to be a student and the kind of support that I needed, and that’s what I try to relate back to when mentoring my students.”

Nikki Burns, a student that Valentine had mentored, said: “Sarah is approachable and her guidance, and experience, has been invaluable. During my time under her mentorship, she gave me a tremendous confidence boost and I certainly developed, both as an individual and in my role. Sarah has been an inspirational role model and I enjoyed my time and learnt so much while at Aintree, that I requested to return for my final year placement.”

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  • congratulations Sarah. Sounds like a well deserved award.

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  • Sarah well done!!! It so important that you realised you were a student nurse at one time which most staff nurses do not remember at all. Instead they start off by poor attitude on student nurses. sarah well done once more.

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  • Well done Sarah. I wish we had a lot more like you.
    You say"I love teaching and passing on what I have learnt for the benefit of others". Thats what it's all about.

    I hope you will keep on mentoring.

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  • Congratulations Sarah. Well done !!! I am a mentor too , and ALWAYS remember vividly what it was like when I was student over 30 years ago. When I have a student I put myself in their shoes and I know exactly they feel.As mentioned above I also witness poor attitudes towards students nurses. Am happy for you , an award well deserved. Keep up the good work.

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  • Well done Sarah. A well deserved award. Quality mentoring is something that is often overlooked. Bravo.

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  • Well done Sarah, keep up the excellent work.

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  • thank you everyone who has left a lovely comment it makes me proud to do the job we do when i got this recognition and it makes me even mpre proud when my peers say so so again thank you xx

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  • Congratulations! It is really nice to know that nurses as mentors are appreciated.

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  • I'm currently a 2nd year student nurse and I have to say, my best placement has been on a cardiac ward. I found not only my mentor but all the staff passionate about their work and willing to share their knowledge. I think it is great when nurses recognise they were once students. It would be great if all mentors felt the same!

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  • Bravo! What a boost to have the good fortune to be paired with a nurse who wants to teach! How devastating it can be to be paired with a nurse who only wants a student to pick up her slack, do the little deeds that she can hand off easily. I am third semester, and have enjoyed being paired with nurses who are newbies themselves and remember what it was like to be a student-they are patient and encouraging. I have also had the unfortunate opportunity to be paired off with a nurse who flatters herself by boasting of her years of experience and how well she memorizes numbers- yes she is very good- no she is not a good teacher.

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