School of Health & Society 16.05.22

Nursing Associate who "goes above and beyond" awarded Apprentice of the Year

The University of Salford has named Nursing Associate student Jordan-Lee Booth its Apprentice of the Year for the School of Health and Society.

Jordan Booth

Jordan (pictured) was nominated for the award by Karen Morgan, Clinical Educator at the University of Salford, as a result of the brilliant progress that he has made since starting the programme and the outstanding feedback that he has received from both colleagues and patients alike.

In Jordan’s nomination, Karen said: “Jordan is respected and valued by patients and their families, his peers, university and ward staff. The feedback and comments I’ve had from his ward manager and colleagues express what a highly valued member of the team he is.”

These comments were echoed by the teaching team at the University of Salford who praised Jordan's organisational and time management skills, his enthusiasm and positive approach to learning. Karen explained: “Jordan is consistently supporting and developing others in his drive for excellence. These attributes coupled with Jordan's sense of humour enable him to be an inspiring role model to others on his programme.”

On hearing he had won the award, Jordan said: “I'm so happy and proud to be named apprentice of the year. When I found out I immediately ran into my partner’s work room to tell him the good news. He was actually in a meeting at the time, but lucky he was on mute! 

“I then rang my immediate family and the ward where I work to tell them. My practice assessor and supervisor have both been amazing in supporting me – thank you Steph and Jennifer! I also shared the news with my Clinical Educator Karen Morgan and thanked her for everything she has done in supporting me and other Nursing Associate students.”

Due his passion, work ethic and professionalism, Jordan has already been offered a job ready for when he qualifies from his course.

Patients who had been cared for by Jordan commented on his ability to “think outside the box of ways that can aid your recovery”, as well as how “caring and considerate, polite and professional” he was. 
One patient said: “Jordan goes above and beyond for each of his patients and always find time for you. Nothing is too much to ask”.

Nursing Associates work in a highly trained support role, delivering effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings.

Paul Ward, Director of International and Regional Development at the University of Salford said: "As well as boosting productivity, apprenticeships can also help companies develop their workforce. Recent industry research suggests that 77% of employers found that taking on apprentices helped to make their organisations more competitive.

“With many companies facing critical skills shortages, apprenticeships provide employers with a great opportunity to invest in the recruitment of new talent into the business. Apprenticeships also enable employers to upskill existing staff, equipping the workforce with the key skills, knowledge and behaviours required to boost productivity and increase competitiveness. Apprenticeships have also been proven to improve staff retention.”