05 March 2014
High fliers shortlisted for national prizes
Pic: Nominee Kerry Riley
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is hoping to steal the show at this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards after being shortlisted in several categories.
The University is up for five prizes at the annual event which is open to all nursing and midwifery students in the country.
Rebecca Knapp and Sarah Williams are up for Student Midwife of the Year and Most Inspirational Student respectively, graduates Gillian Warwick and Kerry Riley have been shortlisted in the post-registration Student Nurse of the Year category while the UCLan midwifery teaching team have been nominated for the Teaching Innovation of the Year award for Embedding Research Knowledge in a Midwifery Curriculum.
“I’m absolutely over the moon to be a finalist; I was speechless when I was told. It just makes me feel honoured as I really did work hard and pushed myself to achieve my goal of becoming a Health Visitor."
UCLan has also been shortlisted for the Partnership of the Year prize for its work with the East Lancashire NHS Trust. All of the nominees study within the School of Health at UCLan
Nominee Kerry Riley managed to complete an intensive year-long course in community public health nursing and juggle family life while her husband Anthony was posted to Afghanistan with the army for six months.
She said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be a finalist; I was speechless when I was told. It just makes me feel honoured as I really did work hard and pushed myself to achieve my goal of becoming a Health Visitor. If I was to win I would be ecstatic and so proud of my achievement.”
"The Student Nursing Awards recognise budding nursing talent from around the country and all of our nominees have shown they are willing to go the extra mile to achieve their goals.”
Adult nursing student Sarah Williams is up for the Most Inspirational Student award and has recently secured a job within the medical assessment unit at Royal Blackburn hospital. She commented: “I was absolutely speechless when I found out I had been nominated and to be shortlisted is more than anything I dared to believe.
“I want to show other student nurses that there are good people out there and hopefully inspire them to work towards greater care for all.”
Student Midwife of the Year nominee Rebecca Knapp said: “I feel really honoured and blessed to receive the nomination. I am passionate about midwifery and feel that the nomination and shortlisting recognises my passion throughout the clinical and the academic aspects of the course.”
Ann Foley, a Principal Nursing Lecturer in pre-registration nursing at UCLan, commented: “It’s fantastic news that we have been shortlisted in so many categories. The Student Nursing Awards recognise budding nursing talent from around the country and all of our nominees have shown they are willing to go the extra mile to achieve their goals.”
The winners of the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014 will be announced on Thursday 1 May at the London Hilton on Park Lane.