Salford graduate wins global nursing award

Categories: School of Health and Society

University of Salford graduate Fay Fitzgerald has won a prestigious global nursing award.

Fay (pictured below), who recently graduated as a Children’s Nurse, was named a winner at the Zenith Global Healthcare Awards for her work curating the Children & Young People Student Nurse Network, an online peer support network for student nurses. 

“I am thrilled, along with my team, to have won the Rising Stars Zenith Global Health Award as well as being commended in the Outstanding Team of the Year category,” she said. 

The awards celebrate excellence in healthcare, acknowledging and celebrating fellow healthcare and allied healthcare professionals for their commitment and dedication. 

The Children & Young People Student Nurse Network (CYPStNN) is an online, supportive, and educational resource, where child nursing students can access support and advice from peers who are on the same course at a national level. 

34-year-old Fay joined the network to support other nursing students through their journey, whilst also gaining extracurricular leadership experience during her time as a student. 

The growing network was particularly valuable to students during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ricky Baker, Founder of the Children & Young People Student Nurse Network, said: “Fay is a valued member of the CYPStNN team. Our student curators have established themselves as true leaders that the nursing profession and their universities should be rightly proud of. They volunteer their own time to provide peer support to child nursing students right across the UK, shaping and changing educational experiences for the masses. This selfless dedication to supporting others is why Fay Fitzgerald is made to be a children’s nurse. She is a true ambassador for the profession.” 

Fay added: “The University of Salford has presented me with many opportunities and from these I have had such fulfilling and enriched learning experiences, which have inspired and encouraged me to make a difference as a student nurse, and to this day, influence positive change and showcase initiatives within nursing.”

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