Around 150 members of staff have been awarded for their exceptional mentoring at a celebratory event in the Learning Centre at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
Final semester nursing students at the University of Stirling were invited to look back over their time on placement with the Health Board and asked to nominate the people who helped them learn and supported them during this time.
Nominations were also put forward for mentors from NHS Forth Valley’s Practice Education Facilitators. Awardees were presented with certificates and pin badges at the event, which is now in its 6th year. Two members of staff, although unable to attend the ceremony, were awarded for receiving nominations for 6 years in a row.
As part of the ceremony, two recently qualified nurses shared their experiences of mentoring and the difference this has made to help them prepare for their future careers.
The certificates were presented by Dr Ashley Shepherd, Head of Health Sciences, University of Stirling, along with Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Nursing and Rita Ciccu-Moore, Associate Director of Nursing.