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Who's your nurse idol?


Who inspired you during your nursing career? A lecturer? A mentor? A boss, colleague or member of your staff?

Nursing Times is launching Nurse Idol!

Many nurses have been spurred on in their careers by another inspiring nurse, and we want to know who these unsung heroes are.

Upload your nomination in 150 words about your nurse idol as a comment below, and we’ll publish the best of these in the magazine.

Every six months, we will post our top 10 and ask readers to vote for their favourite idol. Both winner and nominator will receive a £50  Amazon book voucher each, plus the chance to be profiled on

If you’re entering Nurse Idol! please email with your name and the name of your idol for a chance to win the £50 book voucher.

Good luck!


Readers' comments (8)

  • I would like to nominate my personal tutor. She has always been a massive support to me through my training and I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for her caring persistence and encouragement. She has been, and still is, a great role model to many students and deserves to be recognised for her hard work and commitment to nursing and teaching.

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  • my inspiration was a charge nurse i worked with called RICHARD LARKIN. he was a excellent role model and mentor. I worked with him in A&E. at the time i was a agency nurse, that regularly worked there 3 1/2 years in total, He encoraged me, supported me, helped with my proffessional development, by including me on all the regular updates and skills training. I learnt so much from him. and i really enjoyed my work in what was often a very busy and stressful environment.

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  • My Nurse Idol was my personal tutor during my basic training (1987-1991) Dave Fisher – or Fish as we called him. Fish was inspiring, supportive and, most importantly FUN. Every lecture with him was challenging but enjoyable and he was a fabulous role model for the Learning Disabilities nurses he trained. He got me through a very difficult period in my training when I was very close to leaving. His support and guidance then made me the nurse I am now and I will be forever grateful to him. Sadly Fish passed away a couple of years ago after a long illness. I attended his funeral, along with many of the students he taught over the years. The church was so packed it was standing room only…and not a dry eye in the house. This was testament to what a well respected, and loved, individual Fish was.

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  • it is reassuring to know that there are some nurses who are so excellent at their job that they have the self confidence to share their motivation, knowledge and skills with others in a supportive, constructive, relaxed and friendly manner.

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  • Nurses, you know what's ideal nursing practice? Well, my professor Ms. Junita Tanchanco knows it well not only theoretically but she also applies it clinically. In my 4 years of being a nursing student, few are those I knew who performs and prefers to do nursing procedures ideally. Ms. Tanchanco taught me and my classmates how to perform various procedures in a very idealistic manner, I mean many can perform accurately but few can do those procedures ideally. I was quite amaze when I observed her in the ICU doing suctioning and NGT feeding ideally, as in she performs exactly what you see in your fundamentals of nursing book. And one of the most important thing is she really never misses to do drug study before administering medications to our patient even if she’s very familiar with the kind of drug. She’s my nurse idol indeed and I hope many future nurses will become like her. I hope that lots of nurses can read my article, very inspirational and a true model. Maybe, others may say that nurses are the assistant of doctors, but still, we are the bedside healthcare provider that our patient has, we are spending more time with them, so doing our responsibilities holistically is a big help for their recovery from admission to discharge.

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  • Many people have been fantastic during my nurse training which began in May 2009 and due to qualify May 2012. However, one particular person is truly my nurse idol. Marcia Young. Marcia has been a rock to me since I became interested in undertaking my training. Even though this was at the time Marcia was due to qualify as a registered nurse herself. She has supported me hugely during my most difficult times throughout my training. More over, Marcia is the most fantastic nurse and role model, only 2 years post graduate experience working within the acute setting, Marcia became a lead clinical nurse at a specialist dementia nursing home where I am also working as a bank care assistant. Her professional,friendly, caring and affectionate approach to residents is spectacular. She is truly my nurse idol.Thank you Marcia, you have been, and you still are an absolute star.

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  • I would like to nominate Susan Rockey as my nurse idol. In 2008 I started my nurse training and she was my mentor for my first second year placement. She was the best mentor I had had within the trust and I learnt so much from her. Unfortunately during this placement my mum developed breast cancer and I choose to leave the course to help her out. Susan was extremely supportive when I told her I would not be returning to the placement. She has helped me so much over the past 3 years with her support and guidance, helping me out as a bank health care assistant on the wards and writing so many references for me to get back in to nursing. I have just gone back in to my nurse training and feel I wouldn't be where I am without her.

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  • I would really like to nominate Karen Reissmann. If anyone deserves to win this its her. She lost her job as a CPN in Manchester because she spoke out about the NHS cutting mental health services, how wrong it is and how much its affecting people with mental health problems. They (unlawfully) sacked her for speaking out, and although she has got her job back she continues to advocate strongly for MH services in the Manchester area. Personally, I find her incredible and one of the most prominent Nurse examples of how we advocate for our patients no matter what cost.

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