Student nurse wins national award

Published: 27 February 2014 at 12:21

Travel scholarship is a passport to Ghana and India for Anglia Ruskin’s Aisha

A student nurse from Anglia Ruskin University has scooped a prestigious community award in a national scholarship scheme.

Second-year Nursing student Aisha Gaido, 30, has received the community award in the 2014 Scholarship Awards, run by the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

Chelmsford-based Aisha will use the prize of a travel scholarship, worth up to £2,000, for further study in Ghana and India. She said:

“It’s a huge honour to receive the community award from Cavell.
“The award will enable me to gain a global perspective on sensitive healthcare issues, experience other cultures with the aim of having a positive impact in healthcare, and share the experience on my return.
“It’s important to see how other countries provide critical care when they don’t have the resources we have and how we can learn from that.”

The Scholarship Awards saw 29 student nurses and midwives from across the country compete for awards in five categories: outstanding student nurse and midwife, leadership, community, and academic achievement.

Aisha will be presented with her prize by HRH the Princess Royal at a ceremony at Fishmonger’s Hall, London, on March 19. Also present will be Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, Loyd Grossman, broadcaster and patron of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, Dr Christian Jessen, presenter of popular television show Embarrassing Bodies, Ann Cloag, co-founder of Stagecoach and Professor Lesley Page, president of the Royal College of Midwives.

Professor Page was also part of the judging panel for the awards. She said:
“Selecting the recipients was extremely difficult given the very high standard and commitment of applications. It gives us cause to be optimistic about the future of nursing and midwifery.”