MA Holly Thurgood is currently completing her 3rd year of Mental Health nurse training at the Defence School of Healthcare Education. Here, she explains about her recent nomination for a national award.
Over the past three years I have worked incredibly hard to pass both my academic and clinical work to the highest standard. I have had the opportunity to work within a wide range of clinical areas and volunteer roles whilst working alongside nurses and healthcare professionals, whom have taught me and helped me progress to become the mental health nurse I aspire to be.
In April 2016 I was immensely humbled to be informed I had been finalised as 1 of 8 student nurses in the country for ‘The 2016 Nursing Times, Student Mental Health Nurse of The Year’. As a finalist I was invited to attend the awards ceremony at the Hilton, Parklane and I was joined and supported by Lt Gilbert and Lt Taborda. The day was a celebration of nursing at which we were treated to a three course meal, champagne and inspirational speeches from exceptional nurses.
I didn’t win the award on the day, but I still felt like a winner, having spent the day with some of the hardest working, caring and inspiring people I have ever met. The day has encouraged me to never say I am ‘just’ a mental health nurse, I am extremely proud to have the privileged to work with people who with mine and other carers support will live well with their illness. I leave DSHE in October to join The Department of Community Mental Health, Portsmouth eager to progress in my vocation as a Royal Naval mental health nurse.
Well done Holly!
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