GCU shortlisted for a host of nursing awards

08 March 2016

GCU shortlisted for a host of nursing awards

Nominee Corrinne Taylor on placement in Malawi

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) students, programmes and staff have been shortlisted for a host of honours in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016.

Student Louisa Power has been shortlisted in the Most Inspirational Student Nurse and Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs categories and Corrinne Taylor has been shortlisted in the Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities category. Lecturer Bill McDonald is shortlisted for Educator of the Year, while GCU is shortlisted as Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration), for Teaching Innovation of the Year and for Return to Practice Course of the Year.

Professor Lynn Kilbride, Head of the Department of Nursing and Community Health in GCU’s School of Health and Life Sciences, said: “The Department is delighted and honoured to be shortlisted for so many categories in such a high-profile event.  It is reflective of the high standard of nursing provision that is delivered by an excellent team to highly receptive students.” 

Louisa Power, who was awarded the GCU Lindsay Leadership prize last year, was named the Nursing Times’ Rising Star in 2015.

She said: “It is a fantastic honour to be nominated in these categories. I am really looking forward to acting as a representative of GCU's nursing department as it has played an integral part in facilitating my shortlisting, through its excellent teaching and support from staff.”

Corrinne Taylor was shortlisted for developing a placement opportunity in Malawi and establishing a student wing of the Scottish Learning Disability Nursing Network (SLDNN), which allows student nurses to collaborate and share best practice.

She said: “Five GCU students went to Malawi last year, and six more will go this summer to continue to raise awareness of learning disabilities and help to improve healthcare for people with additional support needs. I am absolutely ecstatic to have been shortlisted. My lecturers and mentors have been so supportive, and I hope that this will encourage other students to pursue similar projects. The hard work is definitely worth it.” 

The Student Nursing Times Awards are the only awards to celebrate the best in student nursing and nurse education and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 28.