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STUDENT NURSING TIMES AWARDS 2013

'We were recognised as an integral part of the future of nursing'

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Attending the Student Nursing Times Awards ceremony was an exhilarating experience.

Acknowledgement that student nurses are an integral part of the future of nursing was apparent throughout. 

There were words of wisdom from Nursing Times lifetime achievement award winner, Professor June Andre. I especially enjoyed her anecdote about investing in good arch supports as I had a pair in my bag ready to be put on straight after the ceremony.

Peter Carter thanked us all and reminded us that although nurses and student nurses often received bad press there was still lots to celebrate

There was praise from Department of Health and Public Health England director of nursing Viv Bennett and CNO for England Jane Cummings while Peter Carter thanked us all and reminded us that although nurses and students often received bad press there was still lots to celebrate, which was apparent that very day.

The award ceremony itself was glitzy and fun and I felt quite the celebrity having my photograph taken and being one of the trophy girls who handed out awards to the amazing winners.

Although I did not win, I felt proud of my achievements and I basked in the celebration of all who did

We were even taught a trophy pose, but I was that excited I forgot and just stood an beamed in the complete wrong direction, sorry Jenni!

I was also lucky enough to have been shortlisted for two awards and although I did not win, I felt proud of my achievements and I basked in the celebration of all who did.

Being a student nurse can be really tough; with financial worries, emotional stress, academic pressures and sometimes pure exhaustion.

So having the opportunity to be appreciated and celebrate the hard work put in was gratefully received. So thank you very much Student nursing Times for encouraging us to shine, giving us the confidence to believe and the opportunity to celebrate.

Michelle Parker is the learning disabilities branch student nurse editor for Student Nursing Times.

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