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Published on 28 February 2019

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The University Of Sunderland continues to lead the way in offering the highest level nursing programmes after being nominated for two prestigious national awards.

The University has been shortlisted at this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards for Nurse Education provider of the Year (Pre-reg) and for Partnership of the Year.

The Awards celebrate the very best in nurse education, recognises and rewards brilliant educational establishments and honours those who are committed to developing new nursing talent.

Sue Brent, Head of the Sunderland School of Nursing, said today: “I’m delighted we have been shortlisted in two categories. Our students entered us into the Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration) category.

“Senior Lecturer Lesley Scott and our PCPIs who are on the mental health vocational pathway, with Northumberland Tyne and Wear Mental Health NHS Trust, were also shortlisted in the Partnership of the Year category. The teams we work with have a real passion for what they do and we are wholly committed to delivering high quality, job-ready graduates who will make a real difference to patient care.

“As our school continues to grow, we are looking forward to continuing the exciting developments with our students and partner Trusts over the coming years.”

The awards have had a recording breaking year with more than 400 talented student nurses, education providers, and mentors entering. 

The Sunderland finalists will now present to members of the 34-strong panel of esteemed educational professionals.

The nomination for Nurse Education provider of the Year (Pre-reg) was led by second year Adult Nursing Practice student Stacy Humphrey.

As part of her nomination, Stacy said: “I couldn’t imagine a better start to my nursing career than being at the University of Sunderland.

“We have fantastic support all year round, both in university and out on clinical placement. We can contact our personal tutors at any time 

“We have also recently set up the Nursing Society within the University. With the Society we have gained members from all cohorts and branches of nursing which allows us to meet new people and support each other.”

Winners of this year’s Awards will be announced on April 26 at the prestigious Grosvenor House on Park Lane where over 650 nurse education professionals, student nurses and nurse leaders will gather to reward the students and establishments shaping the future of nursing.

Case study

Stacy Humphrey might only be in the second year of her nursing degree but that doesn’t her stop her being a star in the making. 

Now, the 21-year-old, from Fulwell, has been nominated for a top nursing award.

Stacy took up a place on the University of Sunderland’s Adult Nursing Practice programme after she attended an open day. 

And she has not looked back, having already gained experience working in A&E, endoscopy, and neuro-rehab wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Stacy said: “I love communicating with the patients, the teams and learning as I go – it’s been brilliant.

“I could not have asked for more from the course at Sunderland, I feel that when I leave next year I’m really going to be work-ready.”

Stacy, a former Monkwearmouth School pupil, had initially thought about becoming a teacher but after attending the University’s open day, she was impressed by the nursing courses on offer.

“I’m 100% sure I made the right decision now,” she adds. “I love what I do and I’m hoping to work in A&E when I graduate.”

Now, Stacy has been nominated for a National Student Nursing Congress Award which aims to highlight those who show a genuine passion for nursing, who go the extra mile, and who strive to make things better.

Stacy, a former Fulwell Junior School pupil who coaches swimming in her spare time, added: “When I first started I didn’t really know what I was coming into but it’s been an incredible learning experience.”