Last night (Wednesday, 16 November) Tyler Payne, a third year Learning Disability Nursing student from Carmarthen, was named RCN Student Nurse of the Year 2017.
How do you feel about winning?
To be honest, I still haven’t recovered from winning the Best Learning Disability student in this year’s USW Student Showcase Awards, so when the letter came from the RCN saying I had been shortlisted for the Student Nurse of the Year, I almost ended up in Cardiology!
What does it mean to you?
Whilst it’s a massive personal thrill, in truth I’ve had fantastic support from the University and been fortunate to work with some brilliant mentors and top notch teams on placements.
I’m also lucky to have very special family and friends. I’d be incredibly proud if winning this award helps pay back some of the faith they’ve shown in me. I owe them a great deal.
The real stars, however, are my brother and the many other people with a learning disability who I’ve had the pleasure to spend time with at home, work, and at the Mix Disability Youth club in Carmarthen where I help out whenever I can. I’m privileged to be able to share their unique experiences and insights and to hopefully make a positive difference to their lives. What they give back to me is beyond words.
What comes next for you?
I’m pulling out all the stops to try and graduate with a First next summer before starting work at my job in ABMU health board in the autumn. I’m anxious to get more hands on experience but would also love to complete a Masters at some point.
You can read more about Tyler here.