Heather aims for ‘student nurse of year’ title

Heather Maw (left), from Earby, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards in the category of Learning Disabilities Student Nurse of the Year, along with her colleague Holly Phillips. (S)
Heather Maw (left), from Earby, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards in the category of Learning Disabilities Student Nurse of the Year, along with her colleague Holly Phillips. (S)
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An aspiring Earby nurse is one of 450 shortlisted in the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards.

Heather Maw (43), who is studying at the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus, will find out on April 28th if she has been successful in the category of Learning Disabilities Student Nurse of the Year.

Heather was nominated for many achievements, including her involvement in the NHS Caremaker Scheme and the Student Quality Ambassador initiative, as well as her dedication and commitment to the course as a mature student.

She said: “I am honoured to be shortlisted in this category. It symbolises the commitment I have made, and continue to make, to people with learning disabilities.

“It is an exciting facet of the wonderful, and sometimes personally challenging, learning disability nursing degree I’ve undertaken at university.”

Heather’s colleague Holly Phillips (27) has been nominated too. Their nursing lecturer Jo Marshall said: “Holly and Heather are motivating, inspirational and passionate about working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

“They have both been very successful in raising awareness of the influence of the learning disability role.”