Staff and students from The University of Nottingham have picked up two honours at the 2014 Student Nursing Times Awards
Emily Gartshore, 22, from Melton Mowbray, is in her final year of studying a Masters in Nursing Science and was named Student Nurse of the Year in the adult category.
The award recognises an outstanding student and celebrates the breadth of learning needed to join the adult branch of the profession — from clinical skills to academic achievement, which underpin the treatment of all patients.
Emily said: “Winning the award is a great recognition of what student nurses can achieve. I hope it inspires others to be the best they can be and continually improve themselves to deliver the best patient care.”
Emily has also arranged a staff and student nursing conference, taking place later this month, called Vision and Professional Pride in Nursing. With the support of local and national speakers, the event aims to motivate nurses to improve the image of the profession by promoting the excellent care that goes on in hospitals and the community every day.
Dr Patrick Callaghan, Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University said: “Emily embodies the essence of the art, science and craft of nursing in the twenty-first century. She exhibits the highest standard of compassion, care and competence as she enables those for whom she cares to transform their own, and others’ health and wellbeing.”
He added “She is a fine ambassador for the profession. With people like Emily coming through the ranks, I am confident for the future of nursing”
The University was also presented with the Teaching Innovation of the Year award for the National Junior Leadership Academy (NJLA) initiative developed in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton.
Launched in 2013, the NJLA supports high performing nursing students to develop leadership identity and skills early in their careers. The scheme, funded by the Higher Education Academy, offers 18 student nurses a place on two residential leadership retreats as well as internship opportunities and mentor support.
Programme leader Stacy Johnson said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award. I think it really shows what can be done when universities, the NHS and other organisations work together. We would not have been able to deliver such a high quality programme without the support of organisations that hosted interns and the individuals that mentored students. I want to say thank you to them. It is a triumph for collaboration and partnership working. This group of students was remarkable, they inspired me.’
The first cohort of student nurses was made up of students from nine universities across the UK.
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