Nursing programme lands national award

Students praise committed and enthusiastic staff

Date posted

28 April 2017


EDINBURGH Napier has scooped a major honour at this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.

The university was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration) for its learning disability nursing programme.

We also had finalists in two other categories at the glittering ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday.

Margaret Burrows was shortlisted for Mentor of the Year and Kelsie Louise Buchan was shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities.

Professor Tracy Humphrey, Dean of the School of Health & Social Care, said she was absolutely delighted with the success. She added: “This is a prestigious award that is well-deserved. Well done to the learning disability team, the wider School and support staff as there are many people and services who have contributed to this shared success.”

Judges made the award after hearing from students that the university was constantly evaluating its offer and always trying to improve, and that the university had instilled a real sense of passion and pride in what they were studying. Students also spoke about our approachable, committed and enthusiastic staff.

Now in their sixth year, the Student Nursing Times Awards celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education.

The evening spotlights the students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses.

The event also recognises outstanding educational establishments and honours those who are committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements.

Thursday saw 720 talented student nurses, education providers and mentors in the room, 174 finalists on the shortlist and 18 deserving winners.

Nursing Times and Student Nursing Times Editor, Jenni Middleton said: “The Student Nursing Times Awards are always very special. Every year I am impressed by the standard of the students who enter - they demonstrate all the hard work, intelligence, enthusiasm, passion and skill we want to see in our future workforce. It is incredible to look at what they achieve in addition to their studies. 

“Of course, they could not do that without the support of their mentors on placement and university staff, which is why we are so pleased to be able to honour those individuals and institutions in these awards too.”

School of Health & Social Care

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