Eight University of Bedfordshire healthcare students have been recognised by patients for their extraordinary care. The University presented the first I CARE awards to students who were nominated for going ‘over and beyond’ whilst on placement.
The winners were given a badge to wear on their uniforms. Damini McMillan, of Dunstable, was one of the students awarded. She was presented with her award by the person that nominated her, Deanne Johnson.
The second year student midwife said: “I was extremely humbled and shocked when I heard I was to receive an award. The main think for me was to ensure the patient felt she was looked after in the best possible way, so to receive this is incredible and I will wear the badge with honour.” Dr Barbara Burden, head of department of Health Care at Bedfordshire, said: “I am delighted to see the feedback about these fantastic students. “These students are real exemplars of care, and are really good ambassadors for this University and for the NHS. “I am sure they will go away and instil their passion for care on others and this will further enhance and drive forward the NHS.” Pat Reid, chief nurse at Luton and Dunstable hospital, said: “It is fantastic to see eight amazing, caring students who went above and beyond what is expected of them. “It is a very positive start to what I hope will be a long and successful career in the NHS. “Student nurses contribute so much to a patients’ care and it is fitting that the University are acknowledging high performance with these I CARE awards.”