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'Thanks for thanking us, as students we're not always used to it'

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On a sunny afternoon in St Pauls in London, the true essence of student nursing was captured in the luxurious Grange Hotel.

More than five hundred people attended last week’s Student Nursing Times Awards, that’s more than double who attended last year, myself included.

We were treated like celebrities, and made to feel like royalty

Jane Cummings and Viv Bennett were just two of the many respected names, or as the editor of Nursing Times called them, ‘True nursing celebs of the highest calibre’, that made fantastic speeches.

Thanks Student Nursing Times for giving me, and all my respective peers, the chance to come together and be celebrated and, dare I say it, appreciated.

Student nurses are not often thanked. And sometimes if can feel like some think we’re not too useful either, compared with other members of medical staff.

But at the Student Nursing Times Awards, we were treated like celebrities, and made to feel like royalty.

Considering the life-saving work and sacrifice we endure, I believe this is surely only right. And I would urge you all to get involved in next year’s Student Nursing Times Awards - so apply as soon as you can!

You can’t beat the uplifting feeling of attending an event like this one. And next year it’s bound to be even better.

On behalf of the student nurses of the UK, thank you for supporting and allowing us to take a moment to put our hands together and cheer for the profession that we all love.

Mikey Whitehead is the child branch student nurse editor for Student Nursing Times.

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