LSBU student commended in scholarship awardsA London South Bank University student has been highly commended in a national competition to find the best student nurses and midwives in the country
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 Midwives.
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 health care."
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.