Nursing mentors awarded for excellent student support

Mentorship conference

Nurses from the University of South Wales’s partner health boards have been awarded for their excellent student mentoring at a special recognition ceremony held by the University of South Wales.

The Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Mentorship/Clinical Practice) Awards were held by the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education as part of the annual mentorship conference, recognising the work of mentors who have supported Nursing students throughout the year.

The mentors and teams were nominated by students who have completed placements in hospitals and health centres within the University of South Wales’s Partner Health Boards as part of their studies in Adult, Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health Nursing.

For the Adult Nursing award, the Intensive Care Unit (ITU) at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend was recognised, with the St Andrews and Penygraig District Nursing Teams both highly commended.

The Paediatric Unit at Princess of Wales Hospital was recognised for the Child Nursing award; while the Swansea Community Learning Disability Team received recognition for the Learning Disabilities category. Ward 1 at Dewi Sant Hospital in Pontypridd was recognised for the Mental Health Nursing award.

The ceremony also heard from guest speakers, who provided an insight into different areas of the Nursing profession. Lord Willis of Knaresborough, former Chair of the Commission on Nurse Education, discussed whether mentors have a future in Nursing, and a range of sessions were given on Masterful Mentorship and the career path from student to staff nurse.

Professor Donna Mead, Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of South Wales, said: “Good mentorship is the cornerstone upon which student nurses and midwives are prepared for practice.

“Here at the University we are fortunate to have mentors who are totally committed to supporting students. We could not ask for more and we could not expect better from our mentors.”

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