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QUEEN'S RECOGNISED IN NATIONAL STUDENT NURSING TIMES AWARDS 2020 Student nurse sitting on bedside with mother and baby in hospital ward

17 November 2020

Queen's University has won the 'Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration)' award in this year's Student Nursing Times Awards.

The annual Student Nursing Times Awards, held virtually this year on Tuesday 27 October, bring the nursing community together to shine a light on the brightest talent making their way into the profession.

Queen's received the 'Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration)' award, in a category that included stiff competition from eight other UK institutions.

Commenting on the award, Professor Karen McCutcheon, Director of Education in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, said:

"This recognition further validates our ethos of excellence in education for all our student nurses, as we seek to prepare them as thoroughly as possible to be confident, competent and safe practitioners and future leaders in their profession.

“Well done to all our staff on this recognition, which comes as a very welcome boost in what has, of course, been a challenging year."

The 2020 virtual awards ceremony saw a total of 847 attendees joining in to celebrate the achievements of the 21 category winners. This year marks three significant milestones in the profession in the UK, with 2020 being the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, and the 30th year of the Nursing Times Awards.

Two students in the School of Nursing and Midwifery had also been shortlisted in the 'Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs' category (Lynsey McLaughlin), and the 'Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health' category (Zara Baxter).

Professor Donna Fitzsimons, Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, said:

"This national award is a testament to all the hard work and effective student engagement that is a part of what we do in Queen's School of Nursing and Midwifery.

"Well done to all our colleagues on this achievement and congratulations also to our fantastic students who were shortlisted for awards."

Editor of Nursing Times, Steve Ford, said:

“Highlighting excellence in education across all specialties of nursing, the awards also provide the opportunity to congratulate the lecturers, practice supervisors, universities, trusts and private organisations going above and beyond to support student nurses on their journey.

“This year has, of course, been very different for everyone. The health and social care sector has been at the forefront of meeting the challenge posed by Covid-19, with many students signing up to help on the front line or having to adapt their learning in other ways. It feels, therefore, doubly important this year to recognise the achievements of student nurses and their educators with these awards.

"Congratulations to all our winners at the Student Nursing Times Awards. The future of nursing is in safe hands."

For a full list of 2020 winners visit the Student Nursing Times Awards website.

Media enquiries should be addressed to the Communications Office at Queen’s University Belfast.


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