Tanya Laurenson scoops Mentor of the Year Award

Senior Staff Nurse at NHS Grampian Tanya Laurenson, from Aberdeen, received the Mentor of the Year award from Ian Murray, Head of RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Professor Ian Murray with award winner Tanya Laurenson and student Kathryn Robertson.She was nominated by nursing student Kathryn Robertson following her placement at the Emergency Care Centre in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).

Tanya (31), said: “I am delighted to be recognised as Mentor of the Year and it is an honour to have been nominated by Kathryn following her placement in my team.

“As well as mentoring Kathryn during the placement I was also progressing in my career to senior staff nurse.

“Although there were challenges adapting to my new role it was important to remain focused on the educational development of our future nurses and I’m very please I’ve been able to play my part in that.”

Tanya worked with Kathryn to build her confidence and also helped her to develop vital nursing skills in a busy work environment.

Kathryn said: “Tanya worked very hard with me and helped me gain so much more confidence and taught me mountains of knowledge.

“I cannot express the amount of help and support she has given me. Tanya has really helped me grow as a person and I left the placement like a different person and it is thanks to her.

“I really cannot thank Tanya enough and couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. Any nursing student would be extremely lucky to have Tanya as their mentor.”