Student and Lecturer Shortlisted for Top Nursing Awards

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A Nursing student and a long-serving Nurse educator at the University of Worcester have both been shortlisted for a top award.

Andrew Jesson, a third year student, has been shortlisted for Student of the Year (Adult Nursing), and Steve Wilding has been shortlisted for Educator of the Year, in the Student Nursing Times 2017 Awards.

The prestigious Nursing Times awards pay tribute to students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses. The Awards also honour those who are committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements.

Andrew has impressed both his lecturers and fellow students through his commitment to the nursing profession and helping others, which is why he was nominated for the Award.

He has been involved in numerous fundraising events as well as high profile conferences around the world, including a UN conference in Brussels and the General Practice Nursing conference earlier this month.

On being shortlisted he said: “I am really humbled; I did not expect to get this far in the awards.

“Before I started my degree I spent a long time working with people with learning difficulties. I have always wanted to help other people; it’s something that is a huge part of my life.”

Steve Wilding has worked as a Nurse Educator at the University of Worcester for more than 10 years, following 33 years as a mental health nurse and senior manager in the NHS. His passion for the profession and unique methods of getting students to empathise with their patients were just two of the reasons he was shortlisted, and attracted a wealth of testimonials from his students.

“I feel so proud to have even been nominated, let alone getting to the shortlist,” he said. “I enjoy every aspect of my job. I tell students it is a privilege to be a nurse; well, I feel it is a privilege to teach student nurses.”

This is the seventh year the University of Worcester has been shortlisted in the Student Nursing Times Awards, with students, staff and the pre-registration programme itslef all being honoured.

Robert Dudley, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Worcester, said: “It is wonderful to have both Andrew and Steve shortlisted in these awards. Andrew is a first-class student who will make a most excellent nurse. Steve is a truly inspiring colleague who gives everything to his students and the nursing profession. We couldn’t be more proud of both of them.”

The winners will be announced at the Student Nursing Times Awards on Thursday 27 April at the London Hilton on Park Lane.