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Pair up for a nursing title

Community staff nurse Michelle Mitchell and student nurse Ben Swinney who have been nominated for Student Nursing Times Awards 2014.

Community staff nurse Michelle Mitchell and student nurse Ben Swinney who have been nominated for Student Nursing Times Awards 2014.

Two student nurses at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are in the running for national nursing awards.

Student Ben Swinney and community staff nurse Michelle Mitchell have been shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014.

Ben, 24, from Ashington, was nominated by the trust for Student Nurse of the Year: Adult.

Michelle is shortlisted for Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year.

The 45-year-old worked as a healthcare assistant in hospitals and the community for 15 years before studying to become a nurse. She graduated last March and is now based at Whitley Bay health centre.

Michelle, from West Allotment, said: “I’m delighted and humbled to be nominated for the award by my tutor, staff I work with and the students I mentor.

“I enjoy sharing my knowledge and helping others and I don’t see it as out of the ordinary. To be considered to be inspirational is a real honour and I feel very privileged just to be nominated.”

At her graduation, she was also awarded the Heath Medal, which recognises exceptional clinical and academic excellence in nurse training.

Rosemary Stephenson, director of nursing at the trust, said: “At Northumbria Healthcare we are passionate about helping to mentor and support the next generation of nurses to work in hospitals and the community and we are delighted that two of our students have been recognised nationally.

“Ben and Michelle have been exceptional students throughout their training demonstrating the utmost compassion and empathy while caring for their patients and a willingness to learn.

“The nominations are testament to their hard work and dedication to the nursing profession and we wish them well in their careers.”

The award winners are announced on May 1.

 

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