Five University of Worcester nursing students and a staff member have been shortlisted for an industry award.

The group have been shortlisted in the Student Nursing Times Awards, which recognise the achievements of nursing professionals in the making, and educators committed to providing outstanding training opportunities.

Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Kevin Fernandez, is in the running for University Educator of the Year.



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On his nomination, Mr Fernandez said: "I’m really humbled to have been shortlisted in these awards.

"When I was a student nurse, I never thought one day I would be teaching the nurses of the future.

"But when I became a nurse, I loved mentoring students and knew that I wanted to share my passion with others and support them to become the best possible practitioner they aspired to be."

The head of the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Dudley, praised Mr Fernandez's dedication, saying: "Kevin is an outstanding academic, practitioner and scholar.

"Driven by his own lived experience of moving to the UK to study and coupled with a wide range of interpersonal and communication skills, Kevin is uniquely placed to support our international students.

"His impact is quite simply profound."

Five of the university’s students also received recognition.

Ash Bainbridge, a third-year student, is shortlisted for Student Midwife of the Year.

They said: "To be nominated and shortlisted for this award on the final stretch to qualification is incredibly validating."

They have previously been shortlisted for the Mary Seacole Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion in 2022.

Chioma Eucharia Nnajidema, an international student, received a nomination for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability.

Almy Anna John, another international student, is shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year: Clinical Research.

Julie Bayliss and Nicole Barr are in the running for Nursing Associate Learner of the Year.

Mr Dudley expressed his pride for the students, saying: "Their outstanding commitment and dedication to the nursing and midwifery profession is clear, as is the valuable contribution they make to the communities they serve."

Winners will be announced on Friday, April 26 at a ceremony in London.