Third year mental health student nominated for national award

Posted on 12 March 2019

Carina Mayne, a third year mental health student, has been nominated for Student Nurse of the Year award by the Student Nursing Times magazine.

Carina is one of 10 finalists in the category of Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health, which was open to all final year mental health nursing students across the UK.

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.

Carina was nominated by one of her mentors, Richard Allen from the Assertive Outreach team based in Harrogate. Carina said: “I was very shocked to find out that I had been nominated and to find out I’ve been shortlisted is very exciting. Sometimes when you are a student nurse out in practice you don’t realise how valued you are as a team member. To be nominated by your mentor is an amazing feeling and I feel very privileged.”

She continues: “It has improved my drive to succeed as a student and it is a huge honour to be representing the University of York.”

Professor Paul Galdas, Professor of Nursing and Deputy Head of Department (Nursing and Midwifery) said: “I was delighted to hear that Carina has been shortlisted for this national award and will once again be representing the Department of Health Sciences and the University of York at the ceremony. We value the role that our practice partners play in supporting students when they are out in practice and for Richard to take the time to nominate Carina is an important recognition of the value student nurses bring to any practice situation.”

The winner will be announced in April at an event in London hosted by the Student Nursing Times. More details can be found at https://studentawards.nursingtimes.net/.