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 Learning Disabilities Nursing Student of the Year
Sharon was nominated by two mentors. Both praised her initiative, independence and high standards. One mentor said: Sharon quickly developed a good therapeutic relationship with all service users. She showed genuine compassion and concern for their wellbeing and was eager to be involved in processes to improve their quality of life. Sharon always ensured their voices were heard and was a strong advocate. Her value base shone through – she is an inspiration.
John-Marc Comperat was nominated by his tutors who called him outstanding both in practice and the classroom. Rachel Morgan, academic subject lead, said: He demonstrates excellence in all that he does. Of particular note is the health promotion tool he developed in line with evidence-based practice to make mindfulness accessible to people with learning disabilities.
Tyler was nominated by the academic team who said she not only excels academically but is highly regarded by clinicians in practice. Her dedication and commitment to learning disabilities is evidenced not only though her excellent academic work and feedback from placements, but also in her extra-curricular activities which demonstrate her 'can do' attitude and her commitment to 'going the extra mile'.
Sarah was nominated by her tutors for her professionalism and her innovative way of working. Last year, Sarah developed a tool kit to give people with learning disabilities accessible information about having a general anaesthetic. The tool kit can significantly reduce patients' anxiety, confusion and distress.
Ria was nominated by her mentor who praised her solid value base. She said: Rea has demonstrated a genuine passion for working with people with learning disabilities. She quickly picked up the fundamentals of community learning disability nursing, used her own initiative and made valuable contributions to our practice and training.