Five Derry nursing students have been rewarded for their academic excellence and professionalism by the University of Ulster.
Jamie-Lee McGriskin was awarded the University’s Princess Macha Award for demonstrating outstanding performance in caring and communicating with patients and families during her student placement.
Sandra Laranjeira,received the Northern Health and Social Care Trust Award for best academic performance in year one; the Royal College of Nursing Award for best academic performance in year two was presented to Karen Scott; the Western Health and Social Care Trust Management Award was presented to Ciara Devlin in recognition of her outstanding performance during her management practice learning experience; and the Institute of Nursing and Health Research Mona Grey Award for Excellence in Research went to Carla McClintock , recognising excellence in research.
Professor Owen Barr, Head of the School of Nursing at the University of Ulster paid tribute to the achievements of the Derry students.
“After their studies, our students will leave the university equipped with robust academic and clinical knowledge. As they embark on their careers, we are confident that as they use their knowledge and practical skills, they will also fully embrace the most fundamental aspect of nursing – caring about people – to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.”
“I pay tribute to all those who have supported our students throughout their journey at Ulster. In particular, representatives of the Health and Social Care Trusts and providers from the voluntary and independent sector throughout Northern Ireland who supported their practice learning; the excellent team of staff within the School; and our award sponsors, who, in partnership with the university, do so much to facilitate a positive student learning experience and place the School of Nursing in the top three Schools of Nursing in the UK,” he said.