AN OUTSTANDING final year student from the University of Chester has landed a coveted award.
Melissa Young was named Nursing Student of the Year: Adult in the Nursing student time Awards 2022.
This award is intended to recognize an outstanding final year student and celebrate the breadth of learning required to join this area of the profession – from clinical skills to academic achievement, which underpins the treatment of all patients.
Melissa was nominated by Yvette Heatley, Senior Lecturer in Adult Critical Care, for her performance during her internship which saw her show leadership and implement change within a new ward, while keeping the patient experience at the center of everything.
The awards recognize excellence in all specialties by nursing students and provide an opportunity to commend lecturers, practice supervisors, universities, NHS trusts and private organizations providing the best support for nursing students during their studies.
Melissa, 31, from Birkenhead, said: “It’s really overwhelming to win, but I’m also very proud.
“I feel very lucky to be part of such an amazing cohort of student nurses. The past few years have been tough, but our students are so resilient and supportive of each other.
“There is a real family spirit between nursing students, both on campus and during internships.
Melissa thanked the support and encouragement she had received throughout her time at college.
She said: University was fantastic and the support I received during my studies really helped me get the most out of my degree.
The University of Chester provides excellent academic writing support which was very important to me as a more mature student who has not studied for some time.
“The staff also supported me through the difficult times of the pandemic and my personal academic tutor, Viki Whaley, went above and beyond.”
Melissa is now looking forward to starting her nursing career.
Yvette Heatley, who nominated her for the award, said: ‘We are so proud of Melissa and all she has achieved. It brings honor to the University and to the nursing profession as a whole. We can’t wait to see all the amazing things she’s going to do in her career.