Amba Morrell, Student Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year Winner
The Student Nursing Times Awards 2023 celebrate the very best in Nursing and Midwifery education by recognising and rewarding brilliant students and educational establishments. Amba Morrell discusses her nomination for Student Midwife of the Year.
How did you feel when you received your nomination?
Shocked but honoured. It goes to show that hard work and dedication is recognised by LSBU.
What does the nomination mean to you?
It means that all the additional hours of extracurricular work has paid off for me personally. The response from my advocacy work was enough and I never dreamed being nominated let alone shortlisted for such a great award would be something that would be possible.
Why have you been nominated?
I’ve been nominated for my work in highlighting inequalities in maternity and the wider NHS.
Why did you decide to start your journey to becoming a midwife?
I wanted to become a midwife because I am passionate about supporting and empowering women during an important time of their lives. I believe that every woman should be able to receive fair and good quality care during their pregnancy and delivery.
What would you like to do in your future career as a midwife?
I would like to continue to advocate for women and help reduce the inequalities within the maternity system. I would like to do this on a national level but also a local level as a consultant midwife eventually.
What advice do you have for others thinking about becoming a midwife?
I think it is a great opportunity and that if you want to do it, make sure your passionate about midwifery, as the course can be intense and has its challenges. However, the hard work is worth it, and the job is a privilege.
Why would you recommend your course at LSBU to others?
I would recommend my course at LSBU because the midwifery faculty are very supportive in theoretical work and whilst you’re at placement. They provide a good knowledge base in which you can enhance during practical placements. The team also support extra-curricular activities.
How has LSBU supported you during your studies here?
They have helped me advocate for the causes I am passionate about; without them I wouldn’t know where to start in bringing awareness!