Find out more about our Student Nurse or Midwife of the Year shortlist

Inta McDonald

‘An asset to the Teenage Pregnancy Team’

Inta is a student midwife within the Teenage Pregnancy Team, a team of midwives at NUH dedicate their time to preparing young mums for their exciting journey into parenthood.

Inta has been praised by one of her mentors for her dedication and commitment towards becoming the best midwife she can be, embracing new challenges and showing all the qualities needed to excel in healthcare.

Her nominator said: “It has been a pleasure to work alongside Inta during her three years training to be a midwife.

“Inta has shown excellent initiative since her first day as a student midwife and as her knowledge and skills enhanced, she demonstrated all of the qualities required to be an excellent midwife. She quickly developed fantastic communication skills with patients and colleagues. She is kind, calm, extremely caring and gentle with all patients who speak very highly of her.

Based at Old Basford Health Centre, Inta is part of the team that helps empower young mothers across Nottingham City, Rushcliffe, Broxtowe, Gedling and Hucknall, by increasing their self-esteem and confidence as they prepare to become parents, often for the first time. Her nominator added: “Inta has been an excellent asset to the Teenage Pregnancy Team in the community and I look forward to working alongside her as a qualified midwife.”

Vote for Inta as Student Nurse or Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Josh Parker

‘Ensuring patients feel safe’

Josh is on placement at the Acute Respiratory Unit (Berman 2) based at Nottingham City Hospital, providing care services for a variety of respiratory conditions including Pulmonary Fibrosis, COPD, Asthma, Pneumonia and Lung Cancer, alongside acute type 1 & 2 respiratory failures.

There is also a functioning day-case clinic where we will care for patients post-lung biopsies. The unit have dedicated nurse educators who facilitate learning development in the state of the art respiratory education centre- based at city hospital.

Josh’s nominator said: “Josh is currently on his management placement with us on Berman 2 and he is a pleasure to work with. The patients comment on how lovely he is and how professional and hardworking he is.”

Josh is part of the team that serves a population of 750,000 people,

His nominator added: “Josh always goes above and beyond to ensure patients feel safe and delivers a high standard of care to all whilst being thoroughly and compassionate. He is always smiling and is a positive colleague to be around not only for staff but for the patients, whom comment on how well he cares for them and state that he will make a fantastic staff nurse.”

Vote for Josh as Student Nurse or Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Rhian Bryan

‘A voice for patients who don’t have their own’

Rhian’s placement was at Edward 2 Ward (part of the Elective Orthopaedics Team) at City Hospital. Her nomination demonstrates the lengths our staff go to, to provide care and compassion to patients, despite the challenges and hardships in their own lives. They ensure patients are receiving the right treatment and they comfort them through difficult times, no matter what is going on in their own lives, which takes tremendous courage.

Colleague Susan Drakeford said: “Rhian has had a difficult year due to personal reasons but she has overcome everything to fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse. She has worked so hard and is an advocate for each and every one of her patients. She is a voice for our patients who don’t have their own.

Vote for Rhian as Student Nurse or Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Ruby Newman

‘An ability to lead and embrace challenges’

Ruby’s management placement was in Berman 2 Ward, Acute Respiratory, at City Hospital. Her mentor, Sonny Mandac, submitted a nomination after being hugely impressed by Ruby’s professionalism, dedication and will to succeed.

He said: “Ruby was a student for her management placement on my ward and she has learned to use assertion, has gained confidence and worked hard to adapt the concept of accepting good changes to practice.

“Ruby sets high standards for the team in order for the patients to have the best care and to have the best outcome. She also expanded her learning experience when she had a placement in Norway, detailing the comparisons with the care here in UK. Ruby continually shares her knowledge and skills with colleagues.”

As well as her studying and placement work, Ruby also supports a charity and commits much of her spare time volunteering.

Sonny added:  “She has showcased her ability to lead and embrace challenges as a nurse. She effectively communicate with multidisciplinary teams and responds well when times become challenging. Ruby is nearing to finish her placement but even over this short time she has already proven herself to be a great nurse.”                                

Vote for Ruby as Student Nurse or Midwife of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!