Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health
This award celebrates the skills mental health student nurses need to develop to nurse this often hard-to-reach and excluded group. The judges will be looking for an outstanding final-student who offers excellent care and support to this group in treating or helping them to manage their mental health problems.
What are the judges looking for?
The judges are looking for an exceptional student nurse who can demonstrate excellence in the following:
- Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to use them with service users/clients, and their families and carers
- An ability to act with compassion and empathy
- Active listening, responding and personalising care to meet service users’/clients’ needs
- Promoting and enabling social inclusion
- Academic achievement
- Acting as a role model for student nursing
- Team playing and an appreciation of the role of nursing within the wider multidisciplinary team
- Use of reflection and the confidence to question practice even if they may challenge others
- Understanding of the rationale behind evidence-based practice, treatment choices and care pathways
Please attach any supporting evidence to your application that you feel is relevant. This can include testimonials, mentor or university staff feedback or student evaluations or any other appropriate evidence.
Please note: you must be a final-year student on a mental health nursing pre-registration course when the awards take place in November 2021 or have graduated in the six months prior to this to enter this award.
If you are shortlisted for this award, and with coronavirus conditions permitting, you will be invited to attend our covid-19 secure offices to present to the judges on Tuesday 21 September 2021. The shortlist will be informed of any changes to the final judging process.
Take a look at what our 2019 winner had to say about winning the award: