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.”