Graduate Passing Her Skills on to Current Students

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A former University of Worcester Adult Nursing student has been given an award in recognition of the outstanding support she offers to current students.

Tina Eades, who graduated as a 50 year-old in 2007, works as a Tissue Viability Nurse for the Wye Valley NHS Trust, and has been mentoring students during their placements for the past three years.

Last month, she won an award at the University’s Mentor Awards, an annual ceremony which honours those healthcare professionals who perform the vital role of helping to guide students through their time in a practice learning environment.

Tina, who began her career as a Community Staff Nurse before becoming a District Nursing Sister and then a Tissue Viability Nurse, says she was determined to take the lessons learned from her time as a student into her role as a mentor.

“The role of a mentor is one I take seriously and was happy to embrace,” she says. “As a student, I realised that those mentors that understood that there isn’t one approach to learning and support that suits everyone were the same nurses that also treated their patients as individuals, and it was those nurses who inspired me.

“I always aim to find out where my students are on their nursing journey, both professionally and personally, to enable me to suggest the most appropriate and stimulating opportunities.

“This, of course, requires time, a resource often in short supply. As a District Nurse  in a rural practice I do feel that I have a slight advantage over my colleagues on the ward as travelling time between patients allows more time for one to one discussion.”

Tina says that she was ‘amazed’ to learn that she had been nominated for the award, and even more surprised to be announced as one of the winners at the ceremony, which was held at the University of Worcester Arena and attended by Health Education England’s Director of Nursing, Lisa Bayliss-Pratt.

“When I was on stage, I felt very proud, and was reminded of a moment when, as a student, I had asked a consultant urologist if I could sit in on one of his clinics. My name-badge at the time read ‘Making a Difference Nurse’, and he asked me if I was indeed going to make a difference.

“This award means that I have kept that promise, and made a difference in at least some small way.”