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Each year it is always a privilege to be able to announce our next group of Student Nursing Times editors, who will be blogging regularly over the coming months about their experiences in education.
I would, therefore, like to give a big welcome to Alexandra Parker, Doreen Dube, Ikra Bhatti, Lorena Hauton, Lucy Moore and Thomas Williams.
You’ll soon be able to read more about them in our dedicated Student zone, including which nursing specialty they each represent and how you can follow them on social media.
I would also like to say a massive thank you to our outgoing student editors for their time and insight over the last 12 months.
Thank you to Cheyne Truman, Lucy Buddingwood, Lucy Gladden, Saira Sajid, Shaun Williams and Yasmin Khanagha. Good luck with your future careers in nursing and midwifery, and I am sure we haven’t heard the last from you.
This year has, of course, already been very different for everyone. The health and social care sector, including education, has been at the forefront of meeting the challenge of Covid-19.
Usual learning processes have been disrupted and nearly 30,000 students signed up to do paid placements to help out on the front line.
Now, at the beginning of this new academic year, students and educators face fresh challenges, such as virtual learning and confinement in halls of residence.
Amid these difficulties, it is vital that student nurses continue to have a voice, which is where our student editors come in, but I would also encourage anyone to write us a blog.
“During these difficult times it is particularly important to continue to celebrate the great work and innovation being done in nursing education”
In addition, in case you did not know, we have also now converted the 2020 Student Nursing Times Awards into a virtual ceremony.
Judging finished literally on the week of lockdown in March and meant we were unable to hold our usual event as planned in April.
So, after an unavoidable delay imposed by Covid-19, we are delighted to be able to announce that the winners will be finally revealed on 27 October in a free ceremony that will be broadcast online.
During these difficult times it is particularly important to continue to celebrate the great work and innovation being done in nursing education, by students, mentors, educators and universities.
Meanwhile, next week we will be hosting our inaugural Nursing Times Patient Flow Forum, which also happens to be our first ever virtual conference.
The programme is designed to challenge, inspire and support you in transforming the patient journey and experience in your care setting, especially in light of Covid-19.
If you are responsible for or interested in bed management, patient experience, quality improvement of services and discharge planning, this event is not to be missed.
The virtual conference will take place on 15 and 16 October. It’s entirely free, so find out more and register to attend by visiting the Patient Flow Forum website.
I hope you can join me at either or both of these Nursing Times virtual events.