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Celebrating the Nursing Associate programme one year on

Special event features talks on the past year and the presentation of awards and prizes

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Trainee Nursing Associates and staff from City, University of London were joined by colleagues from Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital and East London NHS Foundation Trust as they celebrated the programme one year on from its inception at a special event towards the end of January.

Introducing the event, Programme Director Janet Hunter spoke about the significance of the first year and the importance of marking the success of the Trainee Nursing Associates’ achievements.

“It’s really important to celebrate this year and your continuing journey into the nursing family,” she said.

Professor Debra Salmon, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, attended to introduce the event and welcome attendees:

“I couldn’t be more delighted that you decided to join us on this ground-breaking course. We know the new role you’ve been training for will have lots of benefits including providing a route into nursing and a career ladder for you as members of the health care support workforce; as well as the opportunity to enhance the quality of the hands-on care you provide to patients. We are so pleased that you embarked on this journey at City and we’re so proud of what you’ve achieved, today is a real opportunity to celebrate those achievements.”

Several of the Nursing Associates then spoke about their experiences and journeys so far.

Tembo, a current Trainee Nursing Associate spent 15 years as a healthcare assistant before undertaking the course, said: “We’ve come a long way and have tons of experience in different areas, but now as a result of  the course we can put theory and practice together.”

Anne Levington, a Senior Nurse at Barts Health spoke about the Trust’s perspective, and in particular about how it has been an enjoyable and interesting journey for both the Trust and the Trainee Nursing Associates. She noted that both had learned a huge amount from the experience, with many at the Trust emphasising how impressive the progression of the Trainee Nursing Associates has been.

Following the talks, a number of awards and prizes were given out to students. They were as follows:

Trainee Nursing Associate Nominated Award – Persis Kibikyo and Jamie Magras

Nurse Education team/Nursing Associate Lead Nominated Award – Ashish Mohajur and Hilda Alexis

Outstanding Academic Excellence - Abelardo Jr Salonga and Kriesha Morgan

Outstand contributing to the Nursing Associate blog – Cleiton Accordi, Anastasia Ezerioha, Florence Ogoro, and Anita Wise

The programme team found it extremely difficult to decide who to award the Personal Achievement Award to, with the team emphasising that given the success and achievements of all the trainees everyone was deserving of it.  As a result all students received the award in recognition of the commitment and determination they had shown over the last year.

Closing the event, Julie Attenborough, Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies, summarised the achievements over the past year, which have often been against a fast-changing external environment.

“It’s the end of the first year, and so much has been achieved; good luck as you further develop your clinical and academic skills,” she said.

Photos (from top): Professor Debra Salmon, Dean of the School of Health Sciences; Tembo, Trainee Nursing Associate; Anne Levington, Senior Nurse at Barts Health; Janet Hunter, Programme Director

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