Exceptional achievement recognised by Student Nursing Times

NURSE Sarah Morey whose PhD research findings into patient perceptions of healthcare assistants have been presented worldwide is shortlisted for a national award by the Student Nursing Times.

She is one four nursing students and members of staff to reach the final from Northumbria University – its nursing programmes were the first in the country to be accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

And Teesside University has been shortlisted in the categories:

· * Student Nurse of the Year (Adult Nursing) – Natasha Koiston and Nicola Copeland

· * Student Nurse of the Year (Children Nursing) – Rob Nestor and Samantha Eaton

· * Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration)

· * Return to Practice Course of the Year.

Sarah (pictured left above with Northumbria University nursing academics Teaching Fellow Vanessa Gibson and Principal Lecturer Debbie Porteous on the right) has been shortlisted for the Learner of the Year: Post-registration title for her commitment to improving nursing practice and patient care.

A registered nurse with over 20 years of clinical experience, she is due to complete a PhD into patient perceptions of health care assistants later this year.

Her work has been so successful that she has already been invited to present her research findings at national and international conferences.

Ross Wyatt is also in the running for an accolade celebrating outstanding achievement as he is shortlisted for the Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities award.

He became a nursing student after adopting four children – three of whom have learning disabilities – and has flourished throughout his studies.

He volunteers for a learning disability nursing social media channel, is an active student representative supporting his classmates and is on track to achieve a first class degree.

Northumbria University has been shortlisted for the national Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration) title, after winning the same award for post-registration nurse education three years running, and lecturers Claire Fordand Laura Park have been shortlisted in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category.

Their development of a specialist website containing videos, podcasts and posters has helped to support student nurses with their learning outside of the classroom.

Professor Dianne Ford, Executive Dean of Northumbria’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: “As one of the largest and most successful providers of nurse education in the North of England, we are delighted to see that the work of our staff and students is being recognised by our peers on a national level.

“To be shortlisted for both the outstanding academic experience we provide, as well as for the exceptional student nurses we are producing, is testament to the high quality nurse education that Northumbria University provides.”

Student Nursing Times award nominees from Teesside University (back from left) Nicola Copeland, Natasha Koiston (front from left) Samantha Eaton, Robert Nestor

Student Nursing Times award nominees from Teesside University (back from left) Nicola Copeland, Natasha Koiston (front from left) Samantha Eaton, Robert Nestor

From Teesside University based in Middlesbrough, Nicola Copeland, of Northumberland, is a final year BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult) student. She said: “I feel proud to be shortlisted and have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve had from tutors, previous mentors and peers. I have enjoyed my time at Teesside and have felt supported throughout the duration of my course.”

Natasha Koiston, of Billingham, also a final year full-time BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Adult) student, explained: “The course has set me on the path to be a nurse who always expects high standards of patient centred care. The support I’ve received from many of the lecturers and academic staff has been second to none and I genuinely feel that without it I would not have managed to complete this course.”

She added: “Being shortlisted for the award is completely overwhelming. It’s an absolute privilege and honour to have been recognised for my achievements. It has made me extremely proud of myself and how far I’ve come during the last three years.”

Final year BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Child) student Rob Nestor, of Middlesbrough, said: “I am flattered and delighted to be shortlisted for this award, it’s a real privilege and it’s lovely to represent all the fantastic nursing students at Teesside.”

Rob feels his nomination reflects the voluntary work he does at the University in both peer support as a student buddy and in helping out on enrolment days and Open Days, talking to potential students about his own experience of the course. He volunteers with a national charity which provides respite holidays for children with special needs.

Samantha Eaton, from Stockton, who is a final year BSc Hons Nursing (Child) student, added: “I have progressed so much during this degree, both professionally and personally. This is through support with every aspect of my learning, through theory and practical experiences.”

She added: “To be shortlisted for this award feels amazing, unbelievable and exciting all rolled into one. I would highly recommend Teesside University. It’s a professional, fun, supportive and innovative learning environment.”

Marion Grieves, Dean of Teesside University’s School of Health & Social Care, said: “We are delighted that four of our students have been nominated as student of the year. It is a reflection of the quality of our students, staff and the excellent partnership working with our service colleagues.

“The additional two nominations also bring deserved recognition for the whole School of Health & Social Care team, who go the extra mile to inspire the nurses of the future.”





The Student Nursing Times Awards, held in London on Thursday, April 28, are the only national awards to celebrate the very best student nurses and nurse education providers in the country.

They recognise and reward institutions and individuals who are committed to developing new nursing talent, as well as student nurses who demonstrate the academic achievement, clinical skills and personal qualities that will make exceptional nurses.