On Friday we will be announcing the 2019 winners of our annual student awards, being held this year at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The afternoon event will celebrate the achievements of student nurses, mentors, educators, universities and organisations across 21 categories.
Over 600 entries have been shortlisted down to 173 candidates, making it a record-breaking year for applications. This year’s 607 entries is 17% more than last year’s 521.
We have exciting new categories this year including the Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion.
In recognition of the introduction of nursing associates to the workforce earlier in 2019, this year also sees the introduction of two further new categories – namely Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year and Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year (pre-registration).
The Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year award aims to recognise an outstanding final-year student and to celebrate their ability to deliver safe, quality hands-on care and support the registered nursing workforce.
Meanwhile, the Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year award will recognise universities and healthcare providers that offer high standards of training, and excellent resources that inspire trainees and nurture their development.
Our other regular award categories include Student Nurse of the Year: Adult, Student Nurse of the Year: Children, Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities and Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health.
There will also be an award for Student Midwife of the Year, Educator of the Year and Mentor of the Year.
Looking back to 2018, our winners last year included Travis Norton, from the University of Birmingham, who was judged the Student Nurse of the Year in the adult category and Patricia Stringfellow, from Birmingham City University, who won in the children’s category.
In addition, Joe Atkinson, from York University, came out top in the mental health category and Anna Johnson, from Nottingham University, for learning disabilities. Student Midwife of the Year was named as Laura Thomas from Bangor University.
Meanwhile, the Educator of the Year, was announced as Jennie Young, from the University of Stirling, and the Mentor of the Year was Liz Maby, from Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.
As well as celebrating the work of those who have been shortlisted, student attendees at the event will able be able to network with high-level nurses and meet potential employers to open up career opportunities for the future.
Our awards also allow students to celebrate the culmination of their student training with family and friends at a glamorous ceremony.
Those who attend the event will also hear from the most senior nurses in the profession, including chief nursing officer for England, Dr Ruth May and learning disability nursing expert Professor Ruth Northway, winner of the Chief Nursing Officers’ Award for Lifetime Achievement in the 2018 Nursing Times Awards.
The full list of those shortlisted for the 21 different categories for this year’s awards can be accessed here.
Student Nursing Times Awards categories:
- Educator of the Year
- Learner of the Year: Post-registration
- Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion
- Mentor of the Year
- Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year
- Nurse Education Provider of the Year: Post-registration
- Nurse Education Provider of the Year: Pre-registration
- Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year
- Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year
- Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs
- Partnership of the Year
- Student Experience
- Student Innovation in Practice
- Student Midwife of the Year
- Student Nurse of the Year: Adult
- Student Nurse of the Year: Children
- Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities
- Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health
- Student Placement of the Year: Community
- Student Placement of the Year: Hospital
- Teaching Innovation of the Year