As a Student Nursing Times editor, I have been in some extremely privileged positions over the last year; I had the opportunity to attend the very glitzy 2012 Nursing Times Awards, where I was able to network and met some really inspirational nurses.
I was actually sat on the same table as June Andrews who won the Chief Nursing officers lifetime achievement award and what an honor that was for a student nurse just about to start on her nursing journey.
I have had the pleasure of writing my own blogs and seeing my words published, been involved in student nurse twitter chats and have spent time with the lovely Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton, who joined the learning disability student nurse community at our annual positive choice conference.
I was invited to be on the judging panel for learning disability student nurse of the year 2013
But on the 25th March 2013, the role of Learning Disability student nursing times editor really took me to another level; I was invited to be on the judging panel for learning disability student nurse of the year 2013.
I can honestly say I have never been so proud of the profession I have entered, these truly amazing and inspirational students made me feel humble to be in their presence.
Each and every one of them is a credit to the nursing profession, the passion and dedication shown to ensure that the learning disability client group are given the best health care, the best chance at inclusion and have their rights championed at every opportunity really shone through; their commitment to the future of learning disability nursing was evident and their status as role models for other students was confirmed in their professional, positive and motivational attitudes.
I watched the future leaders of learning disability nursing begin to emerge and it was immensely exciting; they all exuded passion, strength, and emotional intelligence and I went home that evening knowing that the future of learning disability nursing is safe in their hands.
I want to say to all the finalists, it was a privilege to meet you all, be proud of your achievements, and be very excited for your futures because I certainly am. But most of all believe in what Professor Bob Gates said to all of you as you were leaving “You are outstanding and remarkable for being shortlisted and it really is an amazing achievement”. And yes there can only be one winner of the actual award, but as far as we the judges were concerned, you are all winners, very well done.