Final semester nursing students at the University of Stirling recently said thank you to NHS Forth Valley staff for helping them with their future careers.
The students were invited to look back over their time on placement with the Health Board and asked to nominate the people who helped them learn and supported them during this time. Nominations were also put forward for mentors from NHS Forth Valley’s Practice Education Facilitators. Altogether, a total of 117 people received awards for exceptional mentoring, some were nominated up to four times. Awardees were presented with certificates and pin badges at an event in the Learning Centre at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
As part of the ceremony, three first time mentors shared their experiences of mentoring across different specialities of nursing.
Professor Jayne Donaldson, Head of School of Health Sciences at the University of Stirling, who spoke at the event, said: “A key reason our students develop and graduate as nurses, is because of the mentorship of staff across NHS Forth Valley and the time and effort they put in to this important role.”
The certificates were presented by Jayne, along with Professor Angela Wallace, Director of Nursing and Rita Ciccu-Moore, Associate Director of Nursing.