USW student wins Student Nursing Times Award

Tina Taylor - Student Nursing Times Awards 2018

USW student Tina Taylor, who has named Learner of the Year: Post Registration, at the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards

USW student Tina Taylor has been named Learner of the Year: Post Registration, at the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards.

 The award recognises the importance of registered nurses continuing to study and develop throughout their career.

 Tina, who works as a health visitor for Hywel Dda Flying Start programme, has just completed an MSc Specialist Community Public Health(Health Visiting) award at the University.

 The course is aimed at registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), such as health visitors or school health nurses, who aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health.

 Tina said: “The biggest challenge was motivating myself to work every evening and weekend. I worked really hard on my dissertation, almost every day for a year, and often until the early hours. Although I did well in my dissertation, writing does not come naturally to me; I did have to talk myself into doing the work.

 “The best parts of the course were meeting the other students on the course and learning with them. We all came from different nursing/midwifery backgrounds, but we all had the same fears and aspirations while on the SCPHN course. The course was very 'full' and there was assignment after assignment, but we all grew together. We all survived. We all passed!”

Senior Lecturer, Michelle Thomas, who nominated Tina for her award, said: “Throughout the postgraduate diploma programme Tina demonstrated her commitment to addressing the health and well-being of the populations that she was working with. Tina demonstrated the transferable skills that she had from her previous midwifery role and demonstrated insight and innovation in both her written work and clinical health visiting practice.”

 Two other USW students were also finalists at this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.

 Sharon Duffin, who is studying for a Bachelor of Nursing in Learning Disabilities, was a finalist in the Student of the Year: Learning Disabilities category.

 Sarah Wildblood, who is also studying for a Bachelor of Nursing in Learning Disabilities, was named as a finalist in the Student Innovation in Practice award.

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