RGU recognises top nurses and midwives

Nursing excellence will be the focus of a forthcoming prize-giving ceremony at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has announced the winners of its annual awards who will receive their accolades at an informal ceremony held in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, at the university’s Garthdee campus, tomorrow (Friday 14 December).

Awards to be conferred on the day include the Mentor of the Year Award and The Jennie Parry Prize for Clinical Excellence. The ceremony will also mark the second year of The Honourable Lady Bannatyne Prize for students in the field of children and young people’s nursing.

The winner of the Mentor of the Year is staff nurse Christopher Smith who works in Accident and Emergency at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin. Christopher was nominated by student nurse Susan McAleney who was mentored by him during her final year of her Adult Nursing degree.

The Jennie Parry Prize for Clinical Excellence is donated by the retired Head of School for a nursing or midwifery student who, throughout their training, demonstrated actual or potential leadership and clinical excellence.

The recipient of this year’s award is professional development student, Iain Mitchell. This summer, Iain became the first person to graduate from the University with an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

Iain (35) from George Street, Huntly is currently in the closing stages of a traineeship as Cardiothoracic Surgical Support Practitioner at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. This is a unique role as it covers two disciplines: independently performing and assisting in surgery; and post-operative management of the patients in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at an advanced nurse level.

For the second time ever the School is also awarding The Honourable Lady Bannatyne prize for outstanding students in the children and young people’s field of nursing. This monetary prize has been donated by Lady Bannatyne – a retired lecturer from the School.

This year’s recipient is final year Children’s Nursing student, Gabrielle Martin. Her track record throughout the year has been exemplary, having passed all her theory modules at first attempt, and impressing lecturers and placement mentors alike. 

Friday’s award ceremony will be attended by the prize recipients, Head of School Professor Brian Webster and Director of Nursing at NHS Grampian, Mrs Elinor Smith.

Alison McLennan, Head of Practice Learning, who will also be in attendance said: “I would like to offer huge congratulations to all prize winners on their outstanding contributions to the ongoing educational development of nurses and midwives and for shaping the future of our professions. Choosing the award recipients was no easy task due to the high standards of all the nurses and midwives who were nominated for awards.”


There will be an opportunity to photograph recipients of the awards at an informal ceremony at the Faculty of Health and Social Care building at RGU’s Garthdee campus on Friday 14 December at 1.45pm.

If this opportunity is of interest please contact the Communications Office on the details below.

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