Student Nurse Award finalist: Adam Beales

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Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award in association with the RCN Fellows finalist: Adam Beales

Second year, mental health, University of Nottingham

Adam was inspired by a placement on an older adult acute ward. There he was able to encourage a dehydrated patient with dementia to significantly increase her fluid intake by using her favourite drink to flavour mouth care swabs. As a result, he became a dementia friend and is a volunteer Care Maker, an ambassador for the 6Cs. He is researching student nurses views towards older adults when entering a pre-registration degree and has become a peer mentor to share his experiences. He is setting up a campus nursing society to support student nurses and hold events enabling discussions on challenges and developments.

Picture credit: Tim George

The Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award in association with the RCN Fellows is supported by Nursing Standard and sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing.

The Royal College of Nursing


In 2016 the Royal College of Nursing celebrates a centenary as the voice of the profession. From its original educational and professional objectives, the college has grown into the largest professional union for nursing with more than 430,000 members including nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers and students. It continues to campaign across the UK and internationally, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of nursing staff and their patients. Sponsoring the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award tonight is just part of the colleges commitment to supporting nursing excellence for 100 years more.