Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery shortlisted for nursing awards

Friday, 02 March 2018

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The Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, based at Oxford Brookes University, has been shortlisted for two of the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards.

With a record-breaking number of entries this year, the judges worked hard to find “the cream of the crop among the student nursing community”.

The awards celebrate student nurses for their academic success and for the difference they make in clinical settings. They also recognise universities and placement providers for the education and student experience that prepare nurses for the future.

Brookes nursing students Pedro Simas and Raluca Vagner have been shortlisted for the Student Innovation in Practice award.

Pedro and Raluca received their nomination after seeing first-hand a way they could provide more support and communication to non-trauma amputees. The project saw them competing for funding in The Global Challenge last year against 13 other institutions from across the world.

About their nomination, Pedro said: "It is wonderful to be nominated and shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards. The idea for our project was triggered by a personal experience whilst in practice, and it has been great to have the full support of Oxford Brookes University throughout and for believing in us as students and future clinicians.”

Elaborating on their project, Raluca added: “Our mission to improve support for non-trauma amputees who are discharged from rehab programmes has brought us into contact with lots of different people and experts. From charity founders, to amputees and professionals, they have shared their knowledge and experience with us and we embrace the opportunity to reach out and make our website known to as many people as possible.

“We hope that in this way, more people with amputations and their families can benefit from understanding what happens at different stages in their life and what help they can access."

It is wonderful to be nominated and shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards. The idea for our project was triggered by a personal experience whilst in practice, and it has been great to have the full support of Oxford Brookes University throughout and for believing in us as students and future clinicians.

Pedro Simas, Oxford Brookes nursing student

Dr Liz Westcott, Department Head of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University, said: “I have worked with Raluca and Pedro for the last year while they have been developing their project and we are delighted that their hard work has been recognised by being shortlisted for such a prestigious national award.

“They are both inspirational and have identified a much needed gap in the support of people with an amputation and their careers and their work will make a real difference.”

The University’s collaboration with local NHS Trusts in providing placements has also been recognised, with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust shortlisted for the Student Placement of the Year-Hospitals award.

A unique partnership, the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, which officially opened last year, combines education at Oxford Brookes University and clinical practice at Oxford’s two NHS Trusts, alongside top tier research.

The winners of the Student Nursing Times Awards 2018 will be announced on Thursday 26 April at the London Hilton, Park Lane. This special awards ceremony gives colleagues, teams, friends and family the chance to support each other and the whole student nursing profession.

Further information on the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery and courses offered can be found on the website.

If you are interested in a career in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy or social work come along to the Health Care and Social Work Open Evening on 22 March from 5.00pm-7.00pm at the Marston Road site.

Open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, there will be a range of activities going on throughout the evening.

For more information and to register your interest visit www.brookes.ac.uk/events