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University nursing student shortlisted for prestigious scholarship award

Published: 7 February 2013

A Health Sciences nursing student from the University of Southampton has been shortlisted for a prestigious scholarship award run by national nursing charity the Cavell Nurses' Trust.

Student nurse Caroline Edmunds, from Winchester, has been shortlisted for interview as a candidate for the 2012/13 Cavell Nurses' Trust Scholarship Awards. She will be in line to win the Community Award which carries with it a travel scholarship worth £1500.

The Community Award recognises and rewards acts that demonstrate students' commitment to caring and compassion in their community whether that be their student community, communities around their placement of study or their home.

A total of 22 candidates who have been shortlisted for the five awards will be interviewed by a judging panel made up of prestigious and experienced nursing and midwifery individuals on February 8 in London. The successful students will be presented with their prizes during an awards ceremony in London on March 21.

Caroline, aged 39, spent 13 years as a police officer before beginning her nursing studies. She is currently in the second year of a four year dual field adult and mental health nursing degree at the University of Southampton.

The mature student is also mother to three children aged 19, 17 and six.

She said: "I had been a police officer for 13 years but decided I wanted to be one of the people helping those I encountered in a different way."

Caroline added that she began her studies at Southampton at the same time that her eldest son also began university: "It's not easy to say the least juggling everything but I love it!"

Cavell Nurses' Trust, set up in memory of World War 1 nurse Edith Cavell following her execution in 1915, launched the Scholarship Awards last year with the aim of recognising exceptional student nurses and midwives in the UK.

The awards are designed to help nursing and midwifery students at the start of their careers and are open to students currently studying nursing or midwifery on undergraduate/postgraduate or diploma courses at universities in the UK.

The award winners will be able to follow in the footsteps of student nurse, Katie Ball, who spent eight weeks experiencing the healthcare provision in Malaysia last year after winning the Cavell Outstanding Student Nurse Award. Her trip included working in the accident and emergency department at Sarawak General Hospital, followed by challenging stints working in Malaysia's deprived rural communities.

Cavell Nurses' Trust recently launched a three-year Centenary Appeal which will culminate in the 100th anniversary of Edith Cavell's death in October 2015. The appeal aims to double the number of beneficiaries which the charity helps through grant giving and welfare support.

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Further information about the Scholarship Awards can be found by visiting the awards website at

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