Shortlisting success for Plymouth in national nursing awards

The University of Plymouth has made the final of six categories at the Student Nursing Times Awards – with one student named in no fewer than three.

The national awards celebrate excellence in all specialties of student nursing, and the University’s teaching, innovation, and student endeavour have all been recognised.

Joy O’Gorman, who has just finished her third year, has been shortlisted for Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year, Student Nurse of the Year: Adult, and Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs.

Student, Hannah Graham, has been shortlisted in Student Innovation in Practice thanks to her work promoting autism awareness and improving the experiences of autistic service users.

And the University has been shortlisted for Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year, led by Sandy Knowles, and Teaching Innovation of the Year, based around Hannah Ames’ idea of Twitter revision quizzes during lockdown.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 4 November 2021 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Louise Winfield, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth, said: 

“The last 18 months has thrown nursing and its challenges into the public eye more than ever before. So to see Plymouth’s hard work shortlisted in six categories recognising the best of student nursing in the UK is just amazing. 

"We’re so proud of everything our students, staff and partners do every day to help make our students’ experience a great one, so thank you to everyone involved, and well done to all the teams shortlisted.”

Joy O’Gorman, who is UNISON’s national student nurse lead, worked with the BBC to create video diaries on nursing students’ contributions in the pandemic, and selected for the Council of Deans of Health Student Leadership Programme, said: 

“I’m so shocked to have been shortlisted in three categories, and need to thank UNISON for nominating me for Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs. 

"Like all nurses, I’m passionate about patient care, but I’m equally keen to put the student voice at the heart of the profession, so I’m really touched to have been recognised in this way. I’ve just qualified and am loving every second, so it’s wonderful, and very unexpected, news.”

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