School of Health Sciences shortlisted for Student Nursing Times awards
City University London is the only English institution to be shortlisted in both the Pre and Post-Registration Nurse Education Provider of the Year categories at this year's Student Nursing Times Awards.
Recent City alumnus Mfong Archibong and City's collaboration with Hackney Community College have also been nominated in the Student Nurse of the Year (Adult) and Partnership of the Year categories, respectively.
Nurse Education Provider of the Year Pre and Post-Registration (Shortlist)
Increasing calls for an all-degree nursing profession will require universities to ensure that their courses reflect the changing demands of the syllabus and provide continuing education and professional development is essential for nurses once they are qualified.
By making the shortlist in both the Pre and Post-Registration categories, City has demonstrated excellence in the following areas:
- An educational environment that nurtures and develops talent of qualified nurses.
- Teaching staff that inspire, enthuse and motivate as well as educate.
- Resources that give students plenty of scope to back up their academic training.
- Teaching methods that enrich the learning experience and deepen understanding.
- Support of nurses both emotionally and practically during their course of study through guidance and coaching.
- Developing and upholding the professionalism of nurses.
- Developing academic achievements, practical skills and interpersonal and communication qualities.
- Career advice and practical guidance.
Student Nurse of the Year - Adult (Shortlist): Mfon Archibong
Mfon Archibong, who recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Specialist Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) at City, was nominated in the "Student Nurse of the Year: Post-Registration" category, in part, for a public health initiative he instigated that ensured low-income families in East London could have access to their Health Start vitamins.
Mfon said: "I identified that there was nowhere for low income families to exchange their vouchers for Healthy Start Vitamins locally so I developed a scheme involving local pharmacists, children's centres, health advisors, GPs and the public health department to ensure that these vitamins were stocked in a local pharmacy.
"The initiative allowed families to collect their HSVs and uptake remained high. Families and local partners have personally thanked me for enhancing a service aimed to improve health and wellbeing of local children and their families."
Student Partnership of the year (Shortlist): Hackney Community College Partnership
The School's public health simulation week, run in partnership with Hackney Community College (HCC), provides pre-registration students with an in-depth introduction to the area in which they will be on placement for their entire course, as well as working in the community rather than an acute site.
During the week, City students work in pairs to carry out health checks on staff and students at HCC. Through this exercise students gain an understanding of public health and get valuable practice in taking clinical histories and giving health promotion advice as well as practicing clinical skills such as blood pressure monitoring and BMI measurements and calculations.
Rosa Benato, who leads the Public Health Simulation module, said: "The partnership between City and HCC has grown and developed over the last four years. Both institutions share a commitment to a high quality learning experience in the broadest sense for their students.
"The well-established partnership is based on mutual trust and respect for the needs of each organisation and is entirely sustainable as it is not dependent on a few committed individuals."
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane on 1st May 2014.