'What does a nurse do?’ drawing competition winners announced

Friday, 11 September 2015

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The winners of a children’s drawing competition celebrating nursing education were announced at two special award ceremonies held by Oxford Brookes University this week.

The University’s Department of Nursing organised the competition to mark the start of the celebrations for the anniversary of 125 years of nursing education in Oxford which will take place in 2016.

Pupils from Oxford primary schools; (entries received from St Michael’s CE Aided Primary, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School and New Marston Primary School) and from one Swindon primary (Ferndale Community Primary School) were asked to draw what they think a modern-day nurse does.

Our winners seemed to remind us what is important to people about what nurses actually do and the important role nurses have when caring for people.

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing, Oxford Brookes University

The judging panel, which was made up of academics and administration staff from Oxford Brookes and local NHS Trust representatives picked five winning entries in total across the four schools and four age groups. Representatives from Health Education Thames Valley and the local NHS Trusts were also in attendance at the ceremonies which took place at Headington Hill Hall in Oxford and the University’s Ferndale campus in Swindon. 

The winners were:

  • Isobel Parter, age 6, New Marston Primary School
  • Finn Kopp, age 8, St Michael’s CE Aided Primary (pictured above)
  • Sinead Woodley, age 11, St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
  • Coen Littleford, age 8, Ferndale Community Primary School
  • Patricia Wieckowska, age 9, Ferndale Community Primary School, Swindon

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University said: “The competition has been a fantastic way of kicking off our 125 years of nursing education celebrations which we will be celebrating throughout 2016.

“All the entries for the competition were very good, and making the decision on who won was difficult. All the finalists showed great understanding on what nurses do, however there could only be one winner for each age category.

“Our winners seemed to remind us what is important to people about what nurses actually do and the important role nurses have when caring for people.”

The competition winners have each won a day in the skills lab oratory at Oxford Brookes University and the winning pictures will be displayed in and around the University and local NHS Trusts throughout 2016 as the institution celebrates 125 years of nursing education.

Keep up with the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #125nursingoxford and on Facebook.

Oxford Brookes offers a range of courses in health care including adult, children’s and mental health nursing as well as operating department practice and paramedic emergency care. More information can be found on the Department of Nursing’s webpages.

Pictured above are three of the finalists from Oxford (L-R); Ella Turton, Zach Matthews and Alfie Wilkinson. Far right is one of the competition winners from Oxford, Finn Kopp.