Nursing student Dane Thompson was recognised in the
community section of the 2014 Scholarship Awards, run by Cavell Nurses' Trust.
The scholarship awards, currently in their third year, aim to
provide exceptional student nurses and midwives opportunities to further
develop their professional practice and personal qualities.
Almost 30 student nurses and midwives from across the country
competed for the honours in the five different categories outstanding student
nurse and midwife, leadership, community and academic achievement.
"I wanted to be a nurse because you can care for a person in
all ways and the awards have helped me look at myself, hopefully enabling me to
be a better nurse," says Dane about his experience of entering the awards.
The rigorous selection process included in-depth interviews
of the candidates by a judging panel comprising some of the foremost figures in
nursing, including Professor Lesley Page, President of the Royal College of
Professor Page said: "Candidates for the awards were without
exception, dedicated, innovative and energetic they shone with excellence. Selecting the recipients was extremely
difficult given the very high standard and commitment of applications. It gives us cause to be optimistic about the
future of nursing and midwifery. The awards are an important recognition and
will help take the recipients forward to make an even greater contribution to
The five overall winners receive a travel scholarship, worth
up to £2,000, for further study either in the UK or overseas.
This is the second year running that an LSBU student has
been shortlisted in the awards, with Midwifery student Lisa Cecere making it to
the shortlist in 2013 – testament to the high calibre of students in the
Faculty of Health and Social Care.