Student nurse Georgina is card sharp

Published: 7 May 2015 at 14:23

First-year Anglia Ruskin student is Highly Commended in national awards.

An Anglia Ruskin University student who came up with a system to help her peers on hospital nursing placements has been praised at a national award ceremony.

Georgina O’Reilly-Foley, 24, was Highly Commended in the Andrew Parker Student Nurse category of the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015 during a ceremony at The Savoy in London on Friday 1 May.

Georgina, a first-year Nursing student at Anglia Ruskin, created a set of information cards for students on their first placements, designed to reduce anxiety and improve care.

She decided to create the resource after admitting being daunted by her first placement at Southend Hospital. After taking notes on where to place ECG cables after going down to theatre with a patient, she realised her drawings could be useful to others and created 14 flashcards, laminated and suitable to fit on a belt buckle for easy access.

She hopes to go on to create similar resources to help second and third year nursing students, on issues such as skin integrity, drug calculations and medical management.

Georgina said:

“I am very flattered and humbled to be highly commended at the awards and I am extremely blessed to be making such impressions so early in my nursing career. My cards are currently in the process of being produced so I am excited to see them being used in practice. I am extremely proud to have been nominated for and to have taken part in this competition. I love my job and here’s to the future!”