Two student nurses at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are in the running for national nursing awards.
Student Ben Swinney and community staff nurse have been shortlisted for the ‘Student Nursing Times Awards 2014’.
Ben, from Ashington, was nominated by Northumbria Healthcare for ‘Student Nurse of the Year: Adult’ following excellent feedback about his caring approach to patients and relatives.
Ben has worked in placements throughout the trust and is currently undertaking his final one in A&E at Wansbeck General Hospital before qualifying in September.
The 24-year-old said: “The teaching programme at Northumbria Healthcare has allowed me to learn from and work alongside experienced and talented nurses on a daily basis.
“This experience has been invaluable and I am grateful to have been given such an introduction to nursing.
“It’s fantastic to have been nominated by my mentors for this prestigious award and I look forward to qualifying.”
Michelle, of West Allotment, is shortlisted for ‘Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year’.
Rosemary Stephenson, director of nursing at the trust, said: “At Northumbria Healthcare we are passionate about helping to mentor and support the next generation of nurses to work in hospitals and the community and we are delighted that two of our students have been recognised nationally.
“Ben and Michelle have been exceptional students throughout their training demonstrating the utmost compassion and empathy while caring for their patients and a willingness to learn.
“The nominations are testament to their hard work and dedication to the nursing profession and we wish them well in their careers.”