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Meet the new Student Nursing Times Editors 2016/17

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Here’s who will be representing your branch on behalf of SNT for the next 12 months


anna merrick midwifery

anna merrick midwifery

Anna Merrick - Midwifery Editor

Anna Merrick, 3rd year, King’s College, London
Twitter: @AnnaMerrickSNT

My name’s Anna Merrick and I am a 20 year old 3rd year midwifery student training at King’s College, London.

A devoted interest in writing and journalism spurred my application to Student Nursing Times and I am beyond privileged to become the first ever editor to represent the branch of midwifery. I hope to offer a fresh and accessible insight into the profession, with particular interests in midwifery-led models of care, perinatal mental health, infant feeding and feminism.

I aim to capture the essence of the bumpy day-in-the-life road to becoming a midwife, whilst also addressing wider issues of maternity services within the NHS and across the globe.

It is a pleasure to bring midwifery onto such a platform, and a pleasure to welcome you to this unpredictable, emotional and yet endlessly rewarding vocation – I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do.

Anna’s first blog will be published on 17th October


Learning Disabilities

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liv lindsay gould

Liv Lindsay-Gould - Learning Disabilities branch editor

Liv Lindsay-Gould, 3rd year, University of York
Twitter: @OliviaLindsayG

Hi, I’m Olivia (Liv), I’m a third year learning disability student nurse currently on placement in a medium secure forensic hospital.

I applied to be a Student Nursing Times Editor due to the “different” experience I have had as a student nurse. I began training within the adult field and but within five months of starting my course discovered my sister had terminal cancer.

The time I spent caring for her and the experiences I had changed my feelings on the branch of nursing I wanted to pursue. When I returned to finish my nursing course I reapplied for learning disability nursing.

Through my role as Student Nurse Editor I would really like to promote the learning disability field of practice, giving readers a better understanding of what we do in comparison to other fields and aiming to make a small indent into a personal aspiration of much improved collaboration between all branches of nursing in the future.

Liv’s first blog will be published on 26th September

Adult branch

lucy williams crop

lucy williams crop

Lucy Williams - Adult branch editor

Lucy Williams, 3rd year, University of Wolverhampton
Twitter: @fuciekoo

Hello future nurses! My name is Lucy and I’m your new Student Nursing Times editor for the adult nursing branch.

I am very new to blogging so bear with me! 

It will sound clichéd but I have always wanted to be a nurse but until recently life just got in the way of my dream career. So after travelling, getting married and having children, I bit the bullet, completed an access course and here I am. I am really proud to be a student nurse and want to squeeze every experience I can throughout my student nurse journey.

While my enthusiasm has made life hectic I wouldn’t change it for the world! My passion to make positive changes in practice by giving student nurses a voice has kept me going so far and I am hoping it will see me through the next 12 months. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you but my main aim is to inspire other student nurses to push their boundaries and believe in themselves. After all if I can do it - anyone can!

Lucy x

Lucy’s first blog will be published on 3rd October


Child branch

gary munson williams

gary munson williams

Gary Williams - Child branch editor

Gary Williams, 2nd year, University of Nottingham
Twitter: @GMunsonWilliams

Hi! My name is Gary (but I only get called that when I’m in trouble so please call me Gaz) and I’m a second year student nurse at the University of Nottingham.

Having already had a career in finance, I decided to follow my dream two years ago and embark on a completely new path. I hadn’t been in a classroom for nearly 16 years so went back to college to study the Access for Healthcare Practitioners course with the intention of becoming a paramedic, however as I started the course I realised that my experience as a scout leader and a dad gave me a fantastic foundation for working with children; and I haven’t looked back since.

I hope my blogs will reach out to all potential and current students, young and old, and provide you with food for thought, but I also want the blog to be a two-way interaction and I look forward to your comments and thoughts about what I write and what you would like me to write.

Good luck for the coming year!

Gary’s first blog will be published on 10th October


Mental Health

sabrina carter

sabrina carter

Sabrina Carter - Mental health branch editor

Sabrina Carter, 3rd year, University of Nottingham
Twitter: @sabrina_hilary8

Hello! My name is Sabrina and I am a final year mental health nursing student at the University of Nottingham.

One of my main aims in life is to travel the world as much as is humanly possible - maybe even get around to having a border collie - but for now, I’ll happily settle for becoming a mental health nurse.

One of the reasons I applied to be a SNT editor was to take my passion for mental health activism one step further; to have the opportunity to highlight the issues that truly matter to a wider audience.

With the role I would also love to share with you some of my insights from experiences of healthcare abroad, as well as my views on the latest movements in mental health research and innovation.

If I can encourage you to consider at least one alternative perspective regarding mental health practice, my work here will be done!

Sabrina’s first blog will be published on 24th October


Student Affairs

alan brownlee student affairs

alan brownlee student affairs

Alan Brownlee - Student Affairs Editor

Alan Brownlee, final year post-grad, York University
Twitter: @thealanbrownlee

They call me Alan, I’m a postgraduate student nurse at The University of York. That basically means that we try to cram three years into two.

I applied for the editorship after an email was forwarded to me by my course head. I thought “why not?” and gave it a go.

In my application and interview I took the position that nurses need to be taking notice of the changes in our health service caused by an ageing population, financial uncertainty and political interests.

I postulated that if we are to successfully advocate for patients’ rights as well as our own, we have to be seen to be taking action on a strategic level and using our power as a profession of thousands to influence policy and practice.

I want to stir up debate in our profession, and get people interested in voicing an informed opinion, being heard and making changes for the right reasons that will benefit patients and practitioners.

Alan’s first blog will be published on 19th September in the Student Affairs Section


anthony johnson student affairs

anthony johnson student affairs

Anthony Johnson - Student Affairs Editor

Anthony Johnson, 3rd year, King’s College London
Twitter: @Ant8Johnson8

Hi! I’m Anthony, student at KCL and a proud northerner. I took on this role to continue the fight we began with #BursaryOrBust. If we want to save our NHS and the profession we are joining; we need to build a movement, not just a moment in time.

That’s why I am ecstatic to be one of the inaugural Student Affairs Editors at Nursing Times. I truly believe that if we remember our heritage, of a profession that was born in the Suffragettes and a time of greater austerity than this country has ever seen, we, as nurses will be unstoppable agents for change.

The NMC code calls on us to be leaders, professionals with an evidence base that we must exercise for our patients. This applies not just on the wards but also in the public eye.

It is our duty to stand up and speak out.

Anthony’s first blog will be published on 3rd October in the Student Affairs Section

Explore the Student Affairs section and join the debate using #SNTAffairs


Any questions for the editors? Use the comments section below to ask away

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