UWE partnership hospital named best for student nurse placements

Issue date: 07 May 2014

The Royal United Hospital Bath (RUH) has been named as the best hospital for student nursing placements at the annual Student Nursing Times awards. The awards, held on May 1 at the London Hilton on Park Lane, recognise those hospital wards and environments that manage the anxieties attached to going on placement by providing a structured learning environment that helps the student to flourish.

Every day up to 115 student nurses are on a work placement at the RUH, with students spending between five and 12 weeks on site learning important skills that they will continue to use throughout their careers.

Two representatives from UWE Bristol attended the awards ceremony, along with three members of staff from the RUH, following an application process which included a presentation to a panel of judges. Academic in Practice Fiona Bastow and student nurse Bethany Nall, both from UWE Bristol, made the trip to London with Education Lead Linda Chapman, Deputy Director of Nursing Mary Lewis, and Junior Sister, and student nurse mentor, Lisa Foxwell of the RUH.

Director of Nursing Helen Blanchard said, "We are delighted to win the award in recognition of the high-quality placements given to student nurses from staff across our hospital. This is a significant acknowledgement of all the hard work and commitment from staff who support and care for our student nurses.

"This would not have been achieved without the work of our dedicated mentors, who are instrumental in the co-ordination of student's placements, ensuring that student nurses can learn from safe and interesting placements and develop them into excellent staff nurses. This success is mainly as a result of effective team working between many staff and specialists, support from senior nurses and managers and our close partnership with academics from UWE Bristol. Winning this award is a way of recognising and thanking everyone involved for the outstanding work they do."

Sarah Green, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at UWE Bristol, said, “This is a fantastic achievement and highlights the significant contribution that mentors, and practice, invest in supporting and educating our student nurses . The nursing and midwifery department at UWE Bristol has a strong partnership with RUH, and this enables us to work together on promoting a high quality student experience in clinical practice. The award is a testimony to this work and we will continue to share and build upon it.”

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