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Two third year mental health students nominated for national award

Posted on 20 February 2020

Nursing students shortlisted for awards at the forthcoming Student Nursing Times Awards 2020.

Felix and Bethany, SNTA nominees

Two third year Nursing students Bethany McLaine, 3rd Year MNursing mental health and Felix Manders-Wilde, 3rd year mental health student, have been shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards 2020.

Bethany has been nominated in the Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year and Felix in the category of Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health at the Student Nursing Times Awards, to be held at Grosvenor House, London on 24 April 2020. 

The awards have had a recording breaking year with more than 500 talented student nurses, education providers, and mentors entering.  Finalists will now present to members of the 90-strong panel of esteemed educational professionals.

The Student Nursing Times Awards celebrates the very best in nurse education, recognises and rewards brilliant educational establishments and honours those who are committed to developing new nursing talent as mentors, lecturers and providers of placements. The awards also pay tribute to students who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses. 

Bethany said: “To be shortlisted for such a prestigious award is an honour and a privilege. After a great deal of encouragement from friends, colleagues at placement and lecturers, I was nominated for Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year. This is such an amazing category and demonstrates not just my current performance as a student nurse but also the journey and difficulties I have overcome to get to where I am today. I was informed that this particular category was the most popular and there were over 200 people nominated and only 12 shortlisted!  I am proud of myself for this achievement and thankful for all the continued support from friends, family and also the Department of Health Sciences. It will be an honour to represent University of York at the awards ceremony in April.” 

Felix said: “I am humbled to have been shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year in the Mental Health category at the Student Nursing Times Awards. The event looks fantastic and truly celebrates all of the great students, academic staff and practice areas in the UK, shortlisted or not. To be involved and better yet be shortlisted for an award is such a great way to round off my degree here at York. I feel truly privileged, as I have since beginning the course. I have had amazing opportunities through the university, Council of Deans of Health and NHS England during my degree. I'm very excited about this and it only spurs me on to do more.” 

Professor Paul Galdas, Professor of Nursing and Deputy Head of Department (Nursing and Midwifery) said: “I was delighted to hear that Bethany and Felix have been nominated for national awards and will once again be representing the Department of Health Sciences and the University of York at the ceremony. Both students have totally immersed themselves in their studies and have seized opportunities that have come their way. I wish them both lots of luck at the ceremony in April.” 

Winners will be announced on 24 April 2020 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. 

For more information on the Student Nursing Times Awards and to see the full list of finalists visit: