Stirling recognised at Student Nursing Times Awards

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The University of Stirling’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport has been awarded with Nurse Education Provider of the Year for pre-registration nursing at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016.

The bash was held on Wednesday April 17 and saw Stirling’s programme praised for its outstanding delivery of education to undergraduate students.

Commenting on the award, the judging panel said: ‘One student told us that this winning university was regarded as the best to undertake a nursing degree. The placements are varied, the mentors are excellent and if you embrace the opportunity to learn you will succeed.’

In total six Stirling student nurses and teaching staff were nominated for the awards, with final year student Robert Murray taking home the award for Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health. The 28-year’s old excellent achievements, in- and outside of the classroom, and his passion for for mental health nursing as a priority in health and social care were cited as reasons for his win.

The winning student announced to be: “extremely proud to be part of the University of Stirling nursing programme and to have been recognised at these awards. I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me.”

He added that: “mental health nursing is a vital part of the care nurses provide and an area that is not discussed and highlighted enough. Through this award, I’m pleased to shine some light on the work that’s done with people with mental health concerns.”

The University of Stirling was ranked first in Scotland for Health Sciences in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework so to see their hard work rewarded was a great honour. Professor Jayne Dolandson, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport said: “The Student Nursing Times Awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate our dedicated team of student nurses and teaching staff here at the University.”

She also said: “It’s with great honour that we accept the award for Pre-Registration Education Provider of the Year and a real joy to see our student Robert Murray recognised for the exceptional work he does within mental health nursing. These awards are testament to the quality of teaching that takes place at Stirling to help develop confident, highly trained nurses that will go on to improve the health of our communities.”

The Nursing Times who have been hosting the awards for several years now, think the nursing professions deserves to have their hard work and commitment recognized. Jenni Middleton, editor of the Nursing Times said: “It is an amazingly rewarding profession. And it takes someone incredibly special to do it. It takes skill, it takes knowledge, it takes hard work, it takes dedication, and it takes commitment to be a nurse. At Nursing Times, we want to support nurses to be the best they can be. Our Nursing Times Awards winners and Student Nursing Times Awards winners are role models of what hard work, commitment and talent can see you achieve.”

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