International Nursing Day – UWE Bristol celebrates 2016 achievements

Issue date: 12 May 2016


Nursing simulation suite at UWE Bristol

It is International Nursing day and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has much to celebrate with 2016 already seeing some significant achievements by its nursing students.

Students have been shortlisted for several national prizes already this year and one student received a standing ovation when he gave emergency CPR to a woman who went into cardiac arrest at the Hippodrome theatre.

UWE Bristol boasts state of the art simulation suites that give students the chance to practise in an environment that mimics a real life ward. Students are able to practise competencies on sophisticated adapted mannequins for a whole range of scenarios from CPR to taking blood pressure.

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

The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is presented to nursing and midwifery students who demonstrate that they have gone above and beyond in their studies.

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

Nursing and Midwifery excellence at UWE Bristol was also recognised in the shortlists for this year's Student Nursing Times Awards in April with three nominations. Jessica Conway was a finalist for Student Midwife of the Year; Thomas Little was shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year: Children and the Adult Nursing teaching team were nominated in the Teaching Innovation of the Year.

The Student Nursing Times Awards 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.

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.

In January nursing student Kristian Kyte performed emergency CPR just before a performance at the Bristol Hippodrome when he noticed a woman seated a few seats in front of him collapse. He was given a standing ovation by the audience following successful resuscitation.

Rachel Sales, Associate Head of Department of Nursing and Midwifery, said, “In December we also celebrated the opening of our latest real world state-of-the-art simulated learning suites. This new facility was dedicated to Princess Campbell MBE who was Bristol's first black ward sister, and who worked and studied at Glenside. Princess Campbell campaigned tirelessly for disadvantaged communities and sought to represent and give a voice to vulnerable people.

“The new high specification ward is a simulated environment that has all the features of a real hospital setting – from emergency call buttons, to oxygen that works, suction, hospital beds and cots, and medicines for dispensing at the nurses station.

“This has been another great year for our department and we have been thrilled to see the hard work and dedication of our students and our staff recognised. Today is a day to think of and thank all nurses as we recognise and celebrate the difference that we can all make as nurses.”

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