Nurse Awards

Student Nurse Award winner: Learning Disability Awareness Network

Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award in association with the RCN Fellows winner: Learning Disability Awareness Network

University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University

A group of six nursing students from across Scotland has been working to tackle the health inequalities faced by people with learning difficulties by organising a conference. The team – Steven Young, Nicola Ozatalay, Kaye Nichol, Ross McQuarrie, Elspeth Leaver and Sinead McLean – aimed to empower nursing students to reflect on their practice to improve care for their patients with learning disabilities. Experts and organisations invited to present at the conference focused on communication and service-user involvement. Third-year student attendees from each university ran smaller follow-up events for first-year students. The group has also created the Learning Disability Awareness Network.

Picture credit: Mike Wilkinson

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

RCN-logoIn 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 college’s commitment to supporting nursing excellence for 100 years more.