Students and staff at the University of Stirling are celebrating a successful night at the 10th Student Nursing Times Awards.
The University of Stirling’s MSc Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) programme has been awarded Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration).
The programme – which has a 86% student satisfaction rating – was recognised for its excellence in a number of areas including: educational environment; university staff; teaching methods and research; emotional and practical support; and professionalism.
Alison Hackett, Programme Director of the MSc Early Years Practice (Health Visiting), said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award as our team is passionate about health visiting practice and it provides recognition of the quality of our programme, excellent partnership working, and the dedication of our students past and present.
“I also want to thank the Faculty for Health Sciences and Sport, here at the University of Stirling, for their support and the wider university community. This award also helps to raise the profile of the crucial role of the health visitor in supporting and promoting the health and wellbeing of children.”
Dr Ashley Shephard, Associate Professor and Head of Health Sciences at the University of Stirling, was also delighted that the programme had received recognition from the Nursing Times: “We have an excellent reputation for the quality of teaching on this programme, which recruits registered nurses and midwives from across Scotland.”
Reflecting the hard work of students and staff over the past year and a half, the university also had finalists in four other categories.
The BSc (Honours) Nursing programme was nominated for Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration) while two students – Nicola Phillips and Alexandra Parker – were shortlisted for Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year.
Ms Phillips was also nominated for Student Nurse of the Year (Adult) and Ms Parker was in the running for Student Nurse of the Year (Mental Health).
Steve Ford, Editor of Nursing Times, commended the exceptional winners and nominees who rose above the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic: “Given the ongoing difficulties facing the education sector due to the pandemic, I was really impressed by the strength of entries that we received for the awards this year.
“Many featured learning innovations and outstanding students that reflect the challenges created by COVID-19, and that saw usual learning processes disrupted and nearly 30,000 students doing paid placements to help out on the front line.
“Our awards recognise students from all over the UK and at different stages of the nursing education journey, from first years to those who have recently qualified. Their innovation and achievements so early in their career already mark them out as sources of inspiration and rising stars for the future.
“The many higher education institutions and placement providers represented on the shortlist demonstrate the constant evolution and development in the way the next generation of nurses are educated, equipping them to deal with the challenges they will face and to provide the best care possible.”
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