Practice Supervisor of the Year
Practice supervisors have the potential to shape student nurses or midwives and help inspire and motivate them throughout their course and then in their chosen career. Good supervisors demonstrate empathy with their student, adapting their coaching methods to suit the individual, and provide an environment that encourages questions, informed debate and learning.
This award recognises their important role in the education of student nurses and midwives. It is open to any registered nurse who is a practice supervisor working in acute, community, NHS or private settings mentoring students on placement, and who supervises one or more students (or will have done during the past 12 months to 31 December 2020).
Since last year, this award has replaced our previous category for mentors to reflect the updated terminology used by Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards for student supervision and assessment, which came into effect in January 2019.
Stage one of the judging process involves judges shortlisting entries based solely on the information you have provided here, so please make sure your entry includes as much evidence as possible. In stage two, shortlisted entrants will present their entries to a panel of judges for deliberation on Thursday 16th September. This is currently scheduled to be in-person in our London offices (as it was pre-pandemic). This second stage is subject to change in accordance with official guidance relating to Covid-19. In case the second stage which is in-person cannot take place, your entry will be judged by the information you submit therefore please include as much information as possible.
What are the judges looking for?
An exceptional practice supervisor who demonstrates excellence in the following:
- Supporting their students’ development of relevant skills and ensuring their students appreciate the relevance and value of these skills
- Emotional and practical support, offering students time for reflection as well as time to perfect required skills
- Interpersonal and communication skills enabling them to give students comprehensive feedback and the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and develop
- Innovative ‘hands-on’ teaching skills to ensure students are given the chance to put into practice what they have learnt in the classroom
- Ability to tailor the learning process to meet the needs of particular students
- Emphasis on developing and upholding professionalism of nurses and/or midwives, ensuring students understand and adhere to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code
- Acting as a role model for nurses and midwives
- A positive attitude that inspires and enthuses students
Please attach any supporting evidence to your application that you feel is relevant. This can include testimonials, student feedback or student evaluations or any other appropriate evidence.
This award is open to practice supervisors who have been supporting student(s) for at least 12 months by 31 December 2020.
Take a look at what our 2019 winner had to say about winning the award: