Triple success: Nursing staff and students shortlisted for Student Nursing Times Awards

Issue date: 21 April 2016


Childrens Nursing at UWE Bristol

Nursing and Midwifery excellence at UWE Bristol has been recognised in the shortlist for the forthcoming Student Nursing Times Awards (28 April 2016) with three nominations.

Jessica Conway is a finalist for Student Midwife of the Year; Thomas Little is shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year: Children and the Adult Nursing teaching team are nominated in the Teaching Innovation of the Year.

The Student Nursing Times Awards are the only awards to celebrate the very best in student nurses, midwives and education. They pay tribute to those students who've demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses and midwives. As well as recognising and rewarding excellent nursing and midwifery educational establishments, universities and honouring those who are committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements.

Jessica Conway, BSc(Hons) Midwifery is a finalist in the category of Student Midwife of the Year.

Jo Jones, Midwifery Programme Lead, said, “I can honestly say that Jess has always been and continues to be a shining example of an exemplary midwifery student. Jess works tirelessly to support other students and the teaching team in any way that she possibly can. Jess is always willing to get involved in any projects that benefit others, whether with her peers or with us as a teaching team. She is a true asset to our programme and the future of our midwifery workforce. We are delighted that Jess is being recognised in this way. ”

Thomas Little, Year 3 BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children's) is a finalist in the category of Student Nurse of the Year: Children.

Martin Lewis, Programme Leader for Children's Nursing, said, “Tom is insightful, professional and an asset to the course. His ambassadorial roles and commitment to championing children's nursing has wide reaching effects that are completely worthy of this award.”

Teaching Innovation of the Year – Rachel Gilbert and Leigh Crossland, IPAN module leaders developed an innovative tool for objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) for Year 2 Adult Nursing. They are attending the awards with two students who scored highly on their OSCE.

Fiona Bastow, Senior Lecturer and Academic in Practice, said,“The Module team are delighted to have reached the final for the “Teaching Innovation of the Year” in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016. The ABCDE Assessment is an innovative learning approach that aims to improve students' confidence and competence in managing deteriorating patients. We deliver focused and intensive learning, based on the systematic ABCDE assessment tool, to year 2 Adult Nursing students, who then undertake a practical assessment in the simulation labs. This has proved very popular with students, and it is their feedback that has secured our place in the final 10.”

This year's success builds on the strong reputation Nursing and Midwifery at UWE Bristol has developed in this competition. In 2013 Rachel Pass won the Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year award and Alice Bevan won the accolade of Student Nurse of the Year: Post-registration. At the 2014 awards, the Nursing team's strong partnership with The Royal United Hospital Bath (RUH) was also instrumental in them being named as the best hospital for student nursing placements.

For more on studying at UWE Bristol, watch the video: Nursing and Midwifery at UWE Bristol

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