Posted Monday 11 March 2019
Kingston University and St George's, University of London have been shortlisted in seven categories at this year's Student Nursing Times Awards.
Students from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, have been nominated in six categories of the prestigious annual awards while the Healthcare Practice Foundation Degree (Nursing Associate) is up for Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year.
The national awards shine a light on the brightest talent in the nursing community. They recognise students, graduates and mentors who go the extra mile, and universities that put student experience first.
Students Donna Rafferty and Gary Cutmore have been nominated for Nursing Associate Trainee of the Year and Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year respectively, while third year adult nursing students Molli Benson and Jack Sherry have been shortlisted for Adult Student Nurse of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs. Another category with Kingston representation is Learning Disabilities Student Nurse of the Year which sees final year student James Garvey nominated.
Elsewhere, the Nana Xmas buddy-actor project, which has seen Kingston's nursing students and associate professor Theresa Nash work with St Philip's Special School in Chessington and StoryAID, is up for Teaching Innovation of the Year. The project sees the University's third year nurses buddy up with year 11 pupils from the school to create and perform a story about the life of student nurses in the 1950s. It allows the students to develop the interpersonal skills needed to work with young people with learning disabilities and the school pupils to develop their creativity and self-confidence and build greater trust in nurses.
Head of the School of Nursing Dr Julia Gale said: "The extensive interest from both our students and our practice partners in applying for the Student Nursing Times Awards has been rewarded by a high level of finalists. This indicates their enthusiasm for learning, their passion and commitment for nursing and their energy and drive to further the profession."
The faculty will also be cheering on another award nominee. James Shears, who works at Haringey Learning Disability Partnership and regularly mentors Kingston and St George's learning disability nursing students, is in the running for the Mentor of the Year accolade.
The awards ceremony takes place at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday 26 April.