Adult Nursing Student Shortlisted for Cavell Nurses' Trust Award

Issue date: 14 April 2016


Final Year Adult Nursing student, Rebecca Potter has been shortlisted for the The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award by the Nursing charity, Cavell Nurses' Trust.

Cavell Nurses' Trust provides vital support to all UK nurses during very difficult times. Formerly known as NurseAid, it was originally set up in 1917 following the public outcry that followed the death of Edith Cavell. Many members of the public sent donations in memory of Edith which formed a source of funds still used to help nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in their time of need.

The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award asks for submissions from student nurses and midwives who can relate to Edith Cavell's enthusiasm for education, promotion of nursing care and her dedication to the profession through leadership. The award provides the winners with travel scholarships of up to £2,000 to undertake a research project or model of nursing/midwifery they wish to explore as part of a travel placement.

Rebecca who studies Adult Nursing at the UWE Gloucester Campus, said, “I'm delighted to have been shortlisted for the Edith Cavell Nurses Trust Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

”In my three years I have become student rep, been the UWE Gloucester marketing representative, completed the UWE Futures Award, been named UWE Futures Award Student of the Year at the Celebrating UWE Talent Awards and consistently had high first grade module results. I believe it is the combination of high achieving grades and extra-curricular activities which make me stand out from the crowd.

“My interview for the Cavell Awards was a really positive experience, bringing in elements from both practice and theory to enable the judges to see a well-rounded picture of myself as a student nurse. Questions focused on my career aims once qualified and my opinion of modern day nursing, nursing in the media and what I feel makes a good nurse. I'm currently on my final placement in GOAM at Cheltenham General Hospital where I've secured a job as I wish to pursue my goal of working in, and improving, dementia care for patients in the acute trust.”

Angela Vowles, Associate Head of Department Nursing and Midwifery (Adult), said, “I would like to offer my congratulations to Rebecca on being shortlisted for the Edith Cavell Nurses Trust Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Rebecca has been an ambassador for Nursing and our UWE Gloucester Campus throughout her training and on behalf of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery I wish her and the other shortlisted candidates good luck for the awards ceremony in May.”

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at the Cavell Nurses' Trust Awards Ceremony.

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