A Child Nursing student at Edge Hill has been nominated for a national award after helping improve the University experience for carers of tomorrow.
Emily Hodgson was put forward by tutor, Deborah Mayne-Semple, for the 2019 Student Nursing Times’ Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs accolade, having made a meaningful contribution to improving the student curriculum and teaching environment.
She is one of eight nominees from the University, represented across five categories.
“The award nomination is an amazing highlight, something I did not expect and that I am so grateful for”, said Emily, from Accrington, who has volunteered since the age of 13 with Girl Guiding, at special Educational Needs and mainstream schools, and on her local children’s ward.
Key to her awards’ shortlisting, which take place the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 26 April, has been the time and effort exerted in helping set up the institution’s first official Nursing Society.
“A lot of other courses had societies, but Nursing did not”, Emily revealed. “It is so different to other courses – longer terms, less holidays plus University work and placements. I thought setting up a Society would be beneficial, providing a community where nurses of any field or cohort could come together to socialise, share experiences, learn and gain additional knowledge.”
Completion of The National Council of Deans Student Leadership Programme aided her efforts, which aims to develop leadership in healthcare professionals. Made up of 150 UK nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students, it also offers exposure to leadership training, networking and mentoring.
“When I started on the Programme, the Society was in its early stages. However, it allowed me to develop my resilience so that when things did not go as planned, I could deal with situations and ensure the Society was not affected.
“It also allowed me to network and gain advice and knowledge from people at other institutions and develop my leadership skills so I could be an effective President.”
Her experiences haven’t just been focused here, having travelled to China in June 2018 with nine other students to attend a summer school at Harbin Medical University. “It was one of the highlights of my course. We learnt about their culture, healthcare and education – and the following month Chinese healthcare students then came to Edge Hill to experience life here.”
She is also involved in Nursing in India, acting as an administrator for the 360 Positive Student Nurse Experience page.
“First year Edge Hill and Manipal Nursing Students can share their experiences. I make sure everything posted meets requirements, as well as sharing my knowledge and experience from a third year’s point of view.”
Emily was also involved in the ‘We are the NHS’ initiative, being filmed speaking about her experience as a student Children’s Nurse.
“This ranged from what our study entails, opportunities and course highlights, speaking on behalf of the Child field nurses.”
Emily is aiming to become a qualified Paediatric Nurse, hoping to develop skills and experience picked up at Edge Hill.
Find out more about studying nursing at Edge Hill here.