CICU Student Nursing Times awards 2015

CICU celebrates success at the Student Nursing Times awards 2015

Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CICU) winner of Student hospital Placement of the Year. This accolade of winning hospital placement of the year recognises CICU for providing excellent learning opportunities within a culture that inspires nurtures and motivates students.

Practice Education Facilitator (PEF) Tracy Claydon nominated CICU in January 2105 by submitting an entry form via the easy online system that allowed for uploading of testimonial’s from students and staff from the University of Manchester.

CMFT received an e-mail in March detailing that the Judges had commented on the number of high quality entries, so to find out we had been shortlisted was a fantastic achievement; we were in with a chance.

The next stage was to attend a judging panel to present why we should win. Charge Nurse James Burrows from CICU, Tracy Claydon and Sharon Green PEFs within the Professional Development and Education Team presented to a panel of 5 senior nurses at EMAP the Nursing Times Headquarters in London. We had 10 precious minutes to make our case, every second counted. Within our presentation we focused on why CICU was such an outstanding placement. After the presentation the interviewing panel further explored what made CICU such an excellent learning environment. It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the very best in our mentors who inspire, support and develop nursing talent. Students on CICU benefit from a learning environment which supports confidence-building and motivation alongside clinical skills through ‘SPIRIT’. Spirit was an acronym used for the presentation to demonstrate the commitment and drive of the mentors and staff of CICU, who demonstrate, Support, Personalise, Integrate,, Recognise, Inspire and work as a Team. This ensures mentors maintain the highest standards of professionalism so that the students can easily navigate their responsibilities as learners and developing professionals within a highly supportive framework. Unfortunately we had to wait until the award ceremony on the afternoon of 7th May 2015 to find out the outcome.

The 7th May was the big day, the Student Nursing Times award 2015 at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane London; to find out the results staff from CICU attended were James Burrows, Teresa Tinker, Paula Catterall, Anna Johnstone and Michael Boyle along with PEFs Tracy Claydon and Sharon Green. Unfortunately Ali Austin one of the sisters of CICU was unable to attend on the day, during a recent interview about the award she said that I couldn’t make it but I was there in spirit. I am so proud of the team and the support they give day in day out to students on CICU. I have always prioritised the student experience and it is an important part of my role on CICU so it is great to see that the work of this great team has been recognised.It's a massive honour for our unit!

In all 850 guests attended the reception at the Hilton, Park Lane, of which 158 guests were shortlisted for 18 awards as we still did not know who the winners were. Eventually the category for student placement was announced, hospital, ten shortlisted finalists were announced , in rapturous cheers and applause The winner CICU was announced, they went up to receive their award from Dr Peter Carter RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary.

The day was summed up by Tracy Claydon Practice Education Facilitator Specialist Medicine: “The atmosphere was exceptional and full of excitement and joy, it was a truly wonderful day; and one of three nursing highlights of my career, including the GEM award from Gill Heaton and Joining the Professional Development and Education Team”

On hearing of CICU success Gill Heaton, Director of Patient Services / Chief Nurse expressed her delight: “I am delighted to hear of your success, it is an absolute credit to your practice and the standards in the unit that our Student Nurses wanted to nominate you. It is worthy recognition at a national level of all the hard work that you put in making the placements a success year on year, she also thanked us on behalf of all of our nurses and the Board of Directors”.

Dr. Geraldine Lyte Senior Lecturer University of Manchester spoke about the learning environment on CICU; “I have experienced first-hand the outstanding learning environment the CICU offers our pre-registration student nurses. The specialist critical care focus of the placement with its reputation for excellence in nursing care standards, as well as for its excellence in mentorship, attracts numerous requests from our senior students to be placed there”

If you are reading this article and thinking that I want our placement area at the ceremony next year the following words from James Burrows Charge Nurse CICU will hopefully encourage you to do so: “I hope it will inspire others to nominate and to share the brilliant work we all undertake on a daily basis.”