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New academic prize for general practice nursing students

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A new academic prize has been launched for students on primary care specialist nursing programmes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Ellen Mary Memorial Prize is available for students of the Specialist Practice Qualification in General Practice Nursing (GPN SPQ).

“I would encourage all university course leaders to participate in this new scheme”

Crystal Oldman

The prize, announced today by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, is available at every university that offers the Nursing and Midwifery Council-approved course.

The prize has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by the family of a general practice nurse and Queen’s nurse, Gill Boast, and is named in memory of her late mother, said the QNI.

The institute said that each university was invited to nominate a student in each academic year who they felt had demonstrated the most outstanding achievement during the period of study.

The criteria to assess the student’s outstanding achievement would be determined by the university faculty, it said.

Dr Crystal Oldman, the QNI’s chief executive, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to offer this new prize thanks to the wonderful generosity of the family of one of our Queen’s Nurses.

“The Ellen Mary Memorial Prize acknowledges the significant contribution of the general practice nursing role and the importance of the specialist practitioner qualification,” she said.

“I would encourage all university course leaders to participate in this new scheme,” she added.

The new prize is the third such academic prize offered by the QNI to students of specialist ractitioner qualifications.

The charity also awards the Goodeve-Docker Prize to student district nurses and the Dora Rylance Prize to student health visitors.

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