Swansea University shortlisted in three categories in the 2016 Student Nursing Times Awards

Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has been shortlisted in three categories in this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards, it was announced today (Monday 7 March 2016).

The College has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Return to Practice Course of the Year 
  • Student Nurse of the Year: Children
  • Teaching Innovation of the Year  

The College were named winners of the Return to Practice Course of the Year category in 2015, and this year will see their 200th student return to the profession.

Student Nursing Times Awards 2016The Return to Practice course prepares nurses to return to their field of nursing care in today’s dynamic and challenging clinical areas. The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and enables nurses whose registration has lapsed to return to practice.

The Student Nursing Times Awards celebrate the very best in nurse education, recognise and reward excellent educational establishments and honour those who are committed to developing new nursing talent. The awards also pay tribute to students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses.

'Better than ever'

Keith Bradley-Adams, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Swansea University, said: “We are delighted at being shortlisted again this year for a Student Nursing Times Award in recognition of the quality of our Return to Practice course. As holders of the award we are very keen to retain our title but have not been resting on our laurels for the past 12 months. The course continues to evolve and improve, ensuring that nurses returning to practice are fully equipped for the realities of contemporary nursing practice. We believe our course is better than ever this year, and hope the improvements we continue to make will help us to be successful again this year.”

Dr Jayne Cutter, Head of the Department of Nursing at Swansea University, added: "The Department of Nursing and College of Human and Health Sciences are immensely proud of the Return to Practice Module and we extremely pleased that for the second time, the STNA have recognised the contribution the module makes towards providing nurses with the skills and confidence to re-register with the NMC and resume their careers in nursing. We are committed to ensuring that the module continues to improve and remains responsive to the needs of individual nurses and the wider health community. We would be delighted if this was recognised with the award again this year." 

Emma Benger Final year student Emma Benger from Newport (pictured) has been nominated in the Student Nurse of the Year: Children category along with nine other students from universities across the country.

Emma, a 21-year-old Child Nursing student, said: I'm absolutely overwhelmed and completely shocked to be shortlisted, though I don't believe I deserve it any more than any of my fellow student children's nurses in my cohort. They are all amazing and I'm hoping I'll be able to justly represent us all in London! 

“I will be attending the awards ceremony, and I'm really excited to meet and share experiences with the other student children's nurses that have also been shortlisted. It should be a very inspirational day!”

The Teaching Innovation of the Year award looks for any teaching method that is sustainable, workable and successful - including use of social networking, modern communication media or new technology.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on Thursday, 28 April, at the London Hilton on Park Lane, where over 650 nurse education professionals, student nurses and nurse leaders will gather to reward the students and establishments shaping the future of nursing.

 The course continues to run and the next start dates are 3 November 2016 and 16 March 2017.

Watch highlights from the 2015 Student Nursing Times Awards: