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Nursing associate named as finalist in Nursing Times Awards!

A photo of Elisha Parkinson.

A trainee nursing associate, Elisha Parkinson, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards! Elisha has been shortlisted for the Nursing Associate Learner of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements and unwavering commitment to nursing.

Elisha, who is currently in her second year of training, works in the Carshalton and Wallington Integrated Recovery Hub which provides a range of specialist treatments and interventions to adults in the community. Elisha was nominated by Kingston University and her colleagues for her remarkable contributions to the team.

Hannah Davies, Clinical Associate Psychologist, said: "Elisha is an integral part of the Integrated Recovery Hub. I have seen her transition from her role as a recovery support worker to trainee nursing associate and the incredible impact it has had on the team. She ensures that we all understand the importance of both physical and mental health.”

When asked about her initial reaction to the nomination, Elisha expressed profound gratitude. "I felt very grateful," she shared. Elisha's decision to pursue a career in nursing stemmed from a desire to make a meaningful difference to the lives of others. Transitioning from her role as a recruitment lead, she found her calling in mental health nursing amidst the challenges of the pandemic. "I think this nomination reflects my dedication towards quality improvement and holistic care," Elisha remarked.

Reflecting on significant moments from her journey as a nursing associate, Elisha highlighted her role in championing physical health within mental illness. Her dedication to supporting the patient voice and driving quality improvement initiatives has been instrumental in her nomination. Her team says, "Elisha’s encouragement and steadfast support have not only improved client outcomes but have also uplifted the entire team. Her commitment to bridging the gap between physical and mental health is invaluable.”

Elisha credited her supportive team for enabling her to implement innovative projects aimed at enhancing patient care and accessibility. In offering advice to fellow nursing associates, Elisha emphasised the importance of knowledge-sharing and continuous support for quality improvement.

"We don’t just bridge the gap between HCAs and Nurses," she noted. "We fill a needed space advocating for physical health, and hopefully, our role will continue to grow, especially within the community."

Congratulations Elisha!


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