New nurse wins award for her leadership

Published: 30 October 2015 at 15:27

Aisha Gaido

Anglia Ruskin graduate scoops Student Leader of the Year prize at ceremony

A Broomfield Hospital nurse who recently graduated from Anglia Ruskin has won a regional award for her leadership skills.

Aisha Gaido, 31, won the Student Leader of the Year category at the recent Quality in Education and Training Awards, organised by Health Education East of England (HEEoE). The awards recognise innovation, excellence, leadership and impressive achievements across the region.

Aisha, who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Nursing degree earlier this month, spent September volunteering in Tanzania, both in a local hospital and a rural Maasai clinic. Her main objective was looking into issues associated with female genital mutilation.

Aisha said: “My vision is always to enhance humanity where and how I can. At Anglia Ruskin this saw me take up a number of various roles to achieve this, to not only empower service users but my fellow students too.

“Every day, I see potential to do good and improve the goodness in all. I see inspiring examples of leadership within the NHS that make me want to be a better version of myself. I hope I can continue to learn and empower others as a fully registered nurse.”

It is not the first time Aisha’s achievements have been recognised. In the 2014 Scholarships Awards, a national competition run by the Cavell Nurses Trust, she won a £2,000 scholarship which she used to further her studies in Ghana.

Professor Ruth Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, said: “Aisha was an exceptional student throughout her time at Anglia Ruskin and her success in this prestigious award is well deserved.

“As one of the largest providers of nursing and midwifery education in the region, our education has a strong focus on the development of our students’ leadership skills. We want to ensure they can prepare effectively in an evolving healthcare environment as caring and compassionate leaders. I am sure Aisha has a fantastic career ahead of her.”

Aisha impressed judges after presenting her work at the HEEoE’s annual conference. She will collect her prize at the NHS Leadership Recognition Awards, which will be held in London on 26 November.