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Student has surprising finish to her nurse training

Posted on 26 September 2018

Final year nursing student Emma Bower wins award

Emma (centre) with Dr Ros Tolcher, Chief Executive of Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust (left) and Mentor Susie Bland (right)

Emma Bower got a lovely surprise when she went to have her final placement signed off at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

Emma, who has just completed her three year nurse training with us, had been nominated for the Trust’s ‘Making a Difference Award’ by her mentor, Susie Bland, in recognition of her hard work and commitment during her time at the hospital. She had shown herself to be an excellent caring practitioner who was passionate about developing her skills and knowledge.

Emma said: “I was very surprised to receive this award when returning to my placement to be signed off, but a memorable way to finish my training. It is important to ensure that the individual behind every patient is respected, and to understand what is of significant to them.

She went on: “As a nursing profession, we have the power within our role to make a difference in the care delivered, and it is a privilege to be a part of patients’ journey in achieving their goals. I have been fortunate throughout all my placements to have worked alongside some inspirational nurses, and cannot thank them enough for their support. I am looking forward to starting my nursing career. Well done to all of the September 2015 cohort.”

Professor Paul Galdas, Head of Nursing and Midwifery in the Department said: “I was absolutely thrilled to hear of Emma’s award. We work closely with our practice partners at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and throughout the North Yorkshire region to support our students in their journeys to become registered nurses. What makes Emma’s award particularly worthy of celebration is that it recognised her consistent willingness to go ‘above and beyond’ to make a difference and embody the values of the Trust by being respectful, passionate, and responsible.”