Rachel Brackpool, Student Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year Nominee

The Student Nursing Times Awards 2023 celebrate the very best in Nursing and Midwifery education by recognising and rewarding brilliant students and educational establishments. Rachel Brackpool discusses her nomination for Student Midwife of the Year.

How did you feel when you received your nomination?

I was speechless but so proud and honoured that the passion and empowerment I have for midwifery and the learning of other students has been recognised. It was a reminder to keep going, keep pushing and to always believe in myself and my dreams.

What does the nomination mean to you?

The nomination means a lot to me in the sense that it’s a reminder as students we are important and powerful. We have the ability to make a positive difference and there is no such thing as being ‘just a student’.

Why have you been nominated?

I have been nominated for my own neurodiversity and how I have turned this into a positive for my own learning and placement experience but also how I’ve been able to help other students all over the world. I have been able to empower myself to aid my learning needs, my peers, other students (not just midwives), and in turn the families in my care.

Why did you decide to start your journey to becoming a midwife?

I knew from a young age I wanted a job where I could make a positive impact on the lives of others. Midwifery for me is just that and so much more. I truly believe that midwifery is my calling.

What would you like to do in your future career as a midwife?

I can see myself within midwifery leading antenatal educational classes in order to inform and empower families. I also have a keen interest in the education of students, particularly those with neurodiversity - so possibly a lecturer in a few years down the line!

What advice do you have for others thinking about becoming a midwife?

Follow your heart, follow your dreams but most importantly never give up on something you really want. It took me 3 applications to get into midwifery and it was worth the wait and perseverance.

How has LSBU supported you during your studies here?

I have felt well supported during my time at LSBU, particularly from a neurodiversity aspect. I am dyslexic and I would happily say I’m thriving in theory and placement despite this because of the additional support I have received.

Why would you recommend your course at LSBU to others?

Midwifery has been more than I ever dreamed it would be. Midwifery is way more than just helping families deliver their baby. It’s a vocation. LSBU has been perfect for my studies and achieving my goals and dreams.


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