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Nottingham tram named after award-winning nursing student

Nursing student Christina O'Loughlin has had a tram named after her in her home city of Nottingham.
Christina O'Loughlin

Nursing student Christina O'Loughlin has had a tram named after her in her home city of Nottingham.

A tram now bears her name in recognition of her winning Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts (NUH) nurse of the year after a public vote.

The University of Nottingham student has been working at the trusts Queen Medical Centre this year and is following in the footsteps of her mother, Wendy, who works as a discharge co-ordinator at the same hospital, and who she says inspired her to pursue a career in nursing.

Impressed and inspired

Ms OLoughlin was nominated by the parents of a child she cared for who were impressed and inspired by her care.

She graduates in December and hopes to return

Nursing student Christina O'Loughlin has had a tram named after her in her home city of Nottingham.


Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s nurse of the year
Christina O’Loughlin next to the tram named in her honour 

A tram now bears her name in recognition of her winning Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s (NUH) nurse of the year after a public vote.

The University of Nottingham student has been working at the trust’s Queen Medical Centre this year and is following in the footsteps of her mother, Wendy, who works as a discharge co-ordinator at the same hospital, and who she says inspired her to pursue a career in nursing.

Impressed and inspired

Ms O’Loughlin was nominated by the parents of a child she cared for who were impressed and inspired by her care.

She graduates in December and hopes to return to NUH.

‘I am still overwhelmed that I was initially nominated for the award and then went on to be the overall winner,’ she said.

‘I am so grateful that a family took the time to nominate me while their child was in hospital and that the public took the time to vote for me.’

Support 

Ms O’Loughlin added: ‘I feel so privileged that my name will be on a Nottingham tram. I have had so much support from my family, boyfriend, the university and my mentors while on placement at NUH, who have helped me throughout the course. 

‘My friends and family have been so proud to see my photo around the hospital, and now they can’t wait to see my name on the tram.’

NUH chief nurse Mandie Sunderland said: ‘I am delighted that Christina, one of our student nurses and nurses of the future, has a tram named after her in honour of being voted our 2017 nurse of the year by the people of Nottingham and her colleagues. We are all incredibly proud of her.’

Role model

Joanne Lymn, head of the school of health sciences at the University of Nottingham, said: ‘This is a well-deserved honour, and a fitting tribute to the unwavering dedication and professionalism that Christina displays in her role on a daily basis.

‘Christina is truly inspirational. She is an excellent role model for all the student nurses studying at the University of Nottingham and we are all extremely proud of her.’


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