Student Nurse Award finalist: Daniel Taylor

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Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award in association with the RCN Fellows finalist: Daniel Taylor

Second year, mental health, University of Leeds

Daniel led an initiative to improve the monitoring of nutrition and hydration while on placement in an acute psychiatric unit. A number of the male patients were not eating or drinking, so Daniel improved the existing food and fluid charts, and spearheaded the inclusion of an assessment tool into the hourly observations round. He suggested the person doing observations offer fluid every hour when doing checks. Its acceptance and amount can now be recorded, as can its refusal. The tool ensures a more accurate assessment of fluid intake.

Picture credit: John Houlihan

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.