UWE Bristol-trained nurses have won two out of seventeen categories at the recent Student Nursing Times Awards 2013.
Rachel Pass, who is studying for a BSc honours degree in midwifery at UWE, has won the Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year award. Alice Bevan, who entered nursing as a postgraduate and gained a Master’s degree with distinction at UWE Bristol, has won the accolade of Student Nurse of the Year: Post-registration.
Rachel was described in the nomination for her award as an inspiring student who set up a Midwifery Society at UWE. She has worked tirelessly to support midwifery students under training, instigating a buddy support system, and organising key midwifery experts to come and speak to students, greatly helping their clinical practice.
Rachel said, “I was incredibly surprised and delighted to win the award. It is a huge privilege and I feel very proud to be recognised as Student Midwife of the Year by the Student Nursing Times.”
Alice works at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, as a radiology nursing sister, and completed her work based learning project at UWE. She won her award for setting up a unique service to improve the treatment of cancer patients. According to the Nursing Times, the judges were impressed by Alice’s innovative and future-focused nature, and commended her strong leadership skills and drive to enhance patient experience. Earlier this year, she was also named palliative care Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2013.
Alice commented, “Winning the awards has been an amazing experience. The response from my work colleagues has been fabulous, it has given me increased confidence in my work and myself and I’m really looking forward to the future!”
Sarah Green, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at UWE said, “The awards are a testimony to the innovation of our students and the commitment, and expert guidance, from the staff. This reflects the passion of the nursing and midwifery department in educating the future leaders of the nursing and midwifery profession.”
The Student Nursing Times Awards are designed to celebrate outstanding training and support to student nurses and were attended by over 400 student nurses, their employers and mentors. Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing, Department of Health and Public Health England and Peter Carter, General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing were there to present awards and celebrate with the winners.
The Editor of Nursing Times, Jenni Middleton, said, “Now in their second year, the Student Nursing Times Awards are testament to the excellent standard of education for nurses in the UK. The lecturers teaching students are inspiring and passionate, those organisations and mentors shaping the practical skills of nurses in placements are professional and committed and the students who are being trained are dedicated and skilled.
“These awards are about the future of nursing, and if nursing is in the hands of these students, today’s shortlist and finalists show that nursing is in very safe hands.”