Bursary winners 2012

This is the third year in which the RCN Foundation has awarded bursaries to a number of truly inspiring individuals. Through these awards we not only revere the very best of our profession now, we also look to the future: to the nurses of tomorrow.

This year we have given almost 70 bursaries to aspiring nursing staff in the UK, with a total of more than £70,000 being awarded. Some of our outstanding candidates were invited to this year’s major celebratory ceremony at Congress.

Robert Sowney

RCN Foundation Worshipful Company of Needlemakers

Donna Little has been awarded funding to continue with her studies working towards an Master’s in Nursing. A junior sister in a busy trauma orthopaedic unit, Donna’s long-term aim is to become an ortho-geriatric practitioner within the team, and this course will help her on her way to that goal.

The Marcia Mackie Fund Bursary

Laura Crowley has been awarded a bursary to support a research project as part of her Master’s in Nursing. Focusing on children’s nurses’ perceptions of having parents of acutely unwell children present in resuscitation in A&E, she hopes to highlight the need for better awareness and training for nursing staff working in this department in terms of caring for and helping both the patient and their parents.

The Kershaw Family Bursary

Heather Gibbs is passionate about palliative care in the community and this funding will help further her skills working in that area of practice. As a hospice carer, Heather meets a wide range of patients and is keen to expand her knowledge around how to handle end of life care correctly in a variety of situations.

Marvin Shortman is a health care support worker, and will use his grant to make a real difference to the service users he works with. By widening his knowledge of sports coaching through professional training, he aims to increase participation in physical activity while also promoting the importance of team work, following rules, showing respect and self worth.

Margaret Parkinson Scholarship Awards

Lyn Millar gained a 2:1 in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Stirling in 2008 and during her studies she developed a particular interest in child psychology and mental health. Currently in post as a health care support worker, she is now working towards becoming a qualified nurse in Southampton.

Monica Baly Bursary

Charlotte Dale is awarded this bursary for her PhD investigations at Manchester University into how the profile of nursing was raised during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). This piece of work will give a voice to nurses working during that time, and explain the period’s role in the evolution of nursing and the increase in recognition of it as a profession.

North West Practice Nurses’ Education Trust Fund

Jacqueline Hooker’s grant will enable her to further her study, by taking a degree level course in respiratory disease management. By holding clinics around her specialist subject, she is able to diagnose and treat people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, empowering them to take positive action to prevent their condition worsening.

RCN Foundation Professional Bursary Scheme

Deirdre McGowan’s funding will go towards the training of four facilitators to attend further training on diabetes to support people living with the disease in Lambeth. This extra training will help provide integrated and seamless care with hospital services, enhancing self-management education for minority groups.

Marina Lupari’s remit in the workplace is to develop mealtimes for patients to improve nutrition levels. The outcome of her project will be a full service evaluation to highlight areas for improvement, and she has been awarded a grant for extra resources to help complete this work.

Aileen Fraser has been given a grant to develop a competency framework for nurses working with older people with complex needs, and mentorship guidelines to complement it. Her funding will go towards a pilot implementation scheme to support associated training costs and consultant mentorship.

Heather Pennicott will be using her grant to fund the study of her Dementia Workforce Development Postgraduate Diploma, which will help her in her role as a dementia nurse specialist. The course content supports major work-based skills, such as the importance of personal skills in communicating complex information.

Samantha Jacobs has been awarded a bursary to support her study for a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Practice, specialising in the care of older people – an area she is passionate about developing skill, knowledge and empathetic caring. It will also build her understanding of the need for robust policy and how to tackle obstacles.