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Staff and students recognised in the 2013 Student Nursing Times awards

Published: 10 April 2013

Health Sciences lecturer Dr Christopher McLean and two final year nursing students have been shortlisted in this year’s coveted Student Nursing Times awards.

Dr Christopher McLean is one of seven candidates shortlisted in the ‘Lecturer of the Year' category.  Chris has been a lecturer at the University of Southampton for 10 years and is renowned by staff and students for his enthusiasm and outstanding teaching skills and widely recognised as a clinically credible subject expert.  

Chris has consistently been exceptionally well evaluated by students for his individual teaching and the modules which he leads. Harry Thomas, a student who submitted a testimony for Chris, commented: "He has a real passion for critical care and an indispensable wealth of knowledge. His enthusiasm conveys a contagious pride in nursing as a profession."

Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Jessica Corner, says: "Chris has been instrumental in developing the philosophy and pedagogy underpinning our values-based all-graduate nursing curriculum which emphasises the skills of compassion, courage and intelligence.

"We are proud that this approach has been commended for its transformative impact on teaching and learning by the NMC, and was cited as an example of best practice in the Council of Deans submission to the RCN Willis commission report into the future of nurse education."

Final year nursing student Katie Keen is one of four contenders shortlisted for ‘Student Nurse of the Year: Children' category which recognises outstanding students and acknowledges the excellent communication skills as well as good clinical knowledge needed to care for this group of patients.

Caroline Avis, also a final year nursing student, is one of nine candidates shortlisted for ‘Student Nurse of the Year: Adult' category. This award aims to celebrate the breadth of learning needed to join this branch of the profession, from clinical skills to academic achievement, which underpin the treatment of all patients.

Both Katie and Caroline submitted outstanding testimonials from their lecturers and mentors in recent clinical placements as evidence to support their entries.

All three shortlisted candidates will be attending the awards ceremony at Grange St Paul's Hotel in London on 1st May 2013 when the winners will be announced.

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