Wirral University Teaching Hospital
I started my nursing training in March 2018 at the University of Chester. From there I joined the Student Empowerment Group and became co-chair of the group where we co-wrote the new curriculum for the University to ensure that the student voice was clear throughout. I then travelled around the UK to attend and present at various RAISE conferences which lead to us hosting our very own RAISE SIG at the University of Chester to present our achievements and ideas we have about empowering students across the nation. I have continually supported students by being their advocate and offering a platform for students to voice their opinions and ideas. I am also an advocate for student’s mental health as I have recently been working on a project called “Your Frist of Everything” which is an interactive reflection tool for both staff and students to access to relate to one another’s experiences. This came from when I first experienced a cardiac arrest, although the team I was working with was brilliant and very supportive, after I left and went home, I still felt quite shocked and was unsure how to deal with the situation emotionally. I thought that if I had a reflection to watch, listen to or read of other students or staff members experience, then I could relate to them and understand how they dealt with it. I believe if we are given the right tools, we can look after our own mental health and have confidence that we can deal with these difficult situations going forward. Furthermore, I recently won a Student Nursing times Award which, without the Student Empowerment group and the platform we have created, I would not have been able to achieve. I also had the amazing opportunity in 2019 to co-train the Chief Nursing Officer, Ruth May, CPR and then I was invited to attend the Chief Nursing Summit in February 2020. I have managed to do all of this whilst completing a very difficult course that is mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging at times and have recently qualified with a First Class. I am looking forward to judging the Student Nursing Times Awards 2021.