Nurse shortlisted for prestigious Nursing Times Award

A nurse and educator at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards, under the category of ‘Learner of the Year’.

Aimi Dillon, a Nursing Education Lead at the Trust, has been shortlisted for the work she has done while studying for a Master’s Degree, a core focus of which was how to support Newly Qualified Nurses as they begin their career within the NHS. Writing her dissertation on ‘how do newly qualified nurses develop resilience’, Aimi looked at how the Trust can help those new to the profession to make the transition from student to Registered Nurse.

Speaking about her nomination, Aimi said: “It is a tremendous honour to be nominated for this award and to be shortlisted in this category.  I am very passionate about my role and I am constantly striving to develop my knowledge and skills.  I want to thank the Trust for its continued support and encouragement.”

A member of the team at DBTH for over 10 years,  Aimi trained to be a nurse in the Royal Navy before joining the Trust in 2008, undertaking a number of roles in various specialities before becoming an Education Lead in 2012. Aimi now heads-up the organisation’s ‘Preceptorship Programme’, a scheme to provide support to nurses in their first year in post to help develop skills, maximise potential and empower them to make a real difference to patient care.

Moira Hardy, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at DBTH, said: “The Learner of the Year category is looking for an exceptional nurse who has a passion for continuous professional development and I am delighted that Aimi’s hard work, dedication and academic achievements are being recognised.  Aimi brings a wealth of experience to the role and is passionate and committed to providing the highest standards of student education.

“As a Teaching Hospital, we take pride in developing the next generation of nurses for the NHS and our Educators support this ambition, instilling caring values and giving our new staff the skills and confidence to reach their full potential and, in doing so, making the difference for our patients.”

With 22 categories, the Student Nursing Times Awards  recognise a wide range of achievements within the nursing profession, with the winners announced on Thursday 26 April.