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Student nurses recognised by award in memory of late nurse

Published 09/10/2015

TWO promising student nurses have been recognised for their achievements by winning an award created in memory of a nurse from the Royal Derby Hospital.

Laura Ellard, from the University of Derby, and Lauren Massey, from the University of Nottingham, were presented with the inaugural Alison Statham Outstanding Student Nurse Award for their exceptional work with patients while on placement at the hospital.

The award was created by the Trust in memory of Alison, a sister in the Maxillofacial department who died in 2013.

Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield said: “This award will create a lasting legacy for Alison. She was highly respected as a leader and a nurse by all the multi-professional team. Alison was very proud to be a nurse. She was a person of very high integrity and she embodied all the principles embraced by this organisation – encouraging people, being kind and delivering the best care she could.

“This award represents Alison’s inspiration, drive and commitment; her compassionate care and courage.”

The two nurses were chosen from 13 who had been nominated by hospital staff for their work. Judges chose them as they were thought to have displayed outstanding practice.

Laura, 30, and from Swadlincote, was praised for her ability to build relationships with patients, family and staff, as well as the care and compassion she showed during placements.

The third-year student said: “I was really surprised, and I felt privileged that someone had nominated me. You don’t go into nursing to get recognition, but I feel very humbled by it all. It’s massive for it to be recognised for working hard and giving the best care you can give.”

Lauren, 21, was in her first year when she was nominated for the award. Judges said she demonstrated ‘understanding and clinical excellence’, in putting knowledge into practice and showing dedication to providing compassionate care.

She said: “It’s an honour to win something like this. It gives me confidence that I’m on the right track.”

The pair were presented with framed certificates, and representatives from the two universities accepted trophies,which will be put on display to inspire future student nurses. All other nominees received certificates.

The trophies had been chosen and bought by Alison’s friends and colleagues with money donated in her memory to create a lasting legacy. 

Student nurses recognised by award in memory of late nurse
Last Modified 09/10/2015