Our annual nursing and midwifery student awards recognise the students that have demonstrated the skills and qualities that mark them out as exceptional nurses or midwives of the future. The winners will be announced at a ceremony held on Tuesday, July 3.
Here are the nominations for Adult Nursing Student of the Year
David was nominated by a patient’s son-in-law who singled David out for his outstanding care. He said: David delivered real patient-centred care and genuine empathy whilst ensuring dignity was maintained at all times. He is an absolute credit to himself and his profession. He has fantastic presence, a clear eagerness to learn and that ‘something special’ that you can’t quite put in to words.
Donna was nominated by several patients and her mentor. One said: Thank you for what you did for my wife. You have no idea how much just being with her, getting her to open up and even washing her hair made a difference. It’s obvious you became a nurse to help people. This shines through.
Abi was nominated by her mentor who called her enthusiastic, eager to learn and proactive. She said: Abi’s communication skills were excellent and she had a lovely manner when speaking to patients and relatives. Everyone commented on her initiative, knowledge and general attitude. I have no doubt that she will be an excellent nurse when she qualifies.
Kirsty was nominated by her mentor who said it had been a privilege to have such an exceptional student on the ward. She said: Kirsty is extremely advanced for a first-year student. She has great potential and I believe she will thrive in challenging environments such as A&E and acute settings.
Yolande was nominated by her mentor in A+E who said she excelled in all areas of nursing skill, including the personal and professional qualities that are already making her an exceptional nurse. She said: Yolande was an outstanding student and I cannot praise her enough.
Maria was nominated by a staff nurse at the Princess of Wales Hospital who was impressed by Maria’s energy, enthusiasm and readiness to undertake responsibility. He said: Her confidence and capability were way beyond that of a second-year student.
Eleri was nominated by a family member who called her amazing and compassionate. She said: Eleri deserves an excellence in care award for the care of my mam pre and post-op.
Georgia was nominated by her mentor in the Acute Medical Unit who praised her initiative, aptitude and confidence, adding that both staff and patients had commented on her engaging personality. He said: I predict that Georgia will go very far in her nursing career.
Nick was nominated by his mentor who praised his high levels of initiative, motivation and nursing skill. He said: Nick was excellent with patients, was not afraid to question practice and had a keen interest in how we could take the service forward. He will make an excellent staff nurse who will really make a difference.
Karen was nominated by a family member who said that Karen’s care of her terminally ill father had been exemplary. She said: Karen showed genuine empathy and care for Dad whilst ensuring he maintained his dignity. More than that, she helped him to keep participating in the world and be a human being, rather than just a patient.
Tamara was nominated by a patient who praised her dedication to patient care. She said: Tamara took the time to put all her patients at ease. She was considerate, caring and so hard working. Nothing was too much trouble, she was wonderful!
Nicola was nominated by her mentor who said: Nicola was professional at all times. She was dedicated to her patients and ensuring that they had the highest standard of care. Her personality reflects the lovely, kind and warm person she is and this was seen and felt by all the patients and staff who met her.
Sam was nominated by his mentor at Y Bwthyn who said: Sam has an unconditional positive regard towards patient care and always considers a patient’s holistic needs. I have been impressed with his quiet yet calm manner when dealing with confused and agitated patients. He has the ability to reassure and comfort patients and their relatives at the most emotionally difficult times.