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Student nurses from the north celebrated with awards

Craig Bell from Kircubbin Co Down with his award

The high quality of student nurses from the north has been recognised at two prestigious awards ceremonies.

Craig Bell from Kircubbin Co Down was among the winners at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016 in London.

The awards recognise healthcare trusts and universities that provide the very best experience for their students.

Organisers say the awards are a perfect opportunity to support the whole student nursing profession and celebrate their achievements.

A final year BSc nursing student at Nottingham University, Mr Bell was named Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities.

"I feel this demonstrates what any person can achieve once they set their mind on their goals and strive to push themselves forward in their studies," he said.

"The teaching staff are exceptional in their support and I cannot thank them enough for everything they have helped me to achieve."

Jenni Middleton, editor of Nursing Times magazine said nursing was an amazingly rewarding profession.

"It takes skill, it takes knowledge, it takes hard work, it takes dedication, and it takes commitment to be a nurse," she said.

"Our Student Nursing Times Awards winners are role models of what hard work, commitment and talent can see you achieve."

Meanwhile, Open University student David Ferran has been named Student Nurse of the Year at a ceremony celebrating 20 years of the Royal College of Nursing awards.

Mr Ferran is studying for a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing with OU. After five years studying part-time alongside his job as health care assistant, he will complete his course this year.

He said studying with OU enabled him to apply his new knowledge on a daily basis.

"I'm currently based in a stroke ward for my final student nursing placement and I've been able to apply what I have learnt through my OU modules and put my five years of study into practice," he said.

His Practice Tutor, Eleanor Weir, nominated him for this award.

"David has displayed professionalism in each of his practice learning experiences. His mentors have noted that David always treats patients with dignity and respect. They have also observed that David carries out patient care with confidence and competence," she said.

OU national director John D'Arcy added: "We couldn't be more proud of the 2016 Student Nurse of the Year, David. He is an exceptional role model for his fellow students at The Open University and is developing the qualities of an excellent nurse."

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