Swansea University nurses shortlisted in three categories in 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards

The Department of Nursing at Swansea University has been shortlisted in three categories in the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards, the only awards celebrating student nurses and nurse education.

Hannah Brew

The Department of Nursing at Swansea has a national reputation for expertise in developing advanced, specialist and clinical nurses and this is the second time the department has been shortlisted in the Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration) category.

The University has also been shortlisted in the Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year category and the Student Innovation in Practice category.

Charlene Baillie has been shortlisted in the Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year category.  Heulwen Morgan-Samuel, a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Swansea University said: “Charlene was motivated to train and qualify as a nurse in return for the excellent care she received during a personal health care experience.  She is known as the “go to” person within her cohort and is often the advocate of peers and new students. Kind and caring, she is always willing to help and is a keen volunteer, working outside her allocated hours in soup kitchens and looking after vulnerable members of the community.  She takes time to attend recruitment days even though she has a young family who live in England.  She is an exceptional role model and is worthy of the award that she has been shortlisted for.”

Hannah Brew has been shortlisted for the Student Innovation in Practice award for her innovative ‘pet-card’.  Cath Williams, Programme Director for Nursing said: “Hannah had the idea for her pet card while on placement in an outpatient’s department.  Hannah cared for several patients who unexpectedly needed to be admitted for inpatient care. These patients were very anxious and distressed as they were leaving their pets at home and unattended; they even considered delaying their own care in order to go home and look after them. Thinking of their distress, Hannah decided to make wallet-sized pet cards for the patients which gave comprehensive information on how to look after their pets and which could be handed to a health care professional to arrange care for the pet.

I decided to nominate Hannah for this category as she has made an exceptional contribution to her placement by carrying out an innovative project that improves patient or service user care.”

Speaking of the nomination for Nurse Education Provider of the Year, Cath Williams said:  “This is the second time we have been shortlisted for this award. The category looks for a university that demonstrates excellence in offering an educational environment that nurtures and develops the talent of student nurses, and talented teaching staff that inspire, enthuse and motivate students as well as educate. 

The team will attend further interviews in London during March following their shortlisting.  The 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 26 April at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

 Pictured: Student nurse Hannah Brewer has designed an innovative pet card.