Wiltshire graduate's award-winning achievement

PUBLISHED: 12:03 12 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:09 20 February 2013

Wiltshire graduate’s award-winning achievement

Wiltshire graduate’s award-winning achievement

Bournemouth University graduate Hannah Klepacz has been awarded the Poole Hospital Clinical Excellence Prize during the University's annual Award Ceremonies to honour the School of Health and Social Care.

BournemouthUniversity graduate Hannah Klepacz has been awarded the PooleHospital Clinical Excellence Prize during the Universitys annual Award Ceremonies to honour the School of Health and Social Care.

Hannah, originally from Shaw in West Swindon, achieved first class honours for her Bachelor of Science degree in Adult Nursing. The 22-year-olds 200 award from the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust recognises her outstanding achievement as the best pre-registration nursing student at PooleHospital. In particular, Hannah is honoured for her academic success and for her excellent performance in clinical practice.

I feel honoured to receive this award as recognition of how hard all student nurses work during their three years of training, said Hannah who is now working as a staff nurse in the Accident and Emergency Department at the JohnRadcliffeHospital in Oxford.

Unlike most University degrees, student nurses are expected to work clinical rotations alongside their academic studies, she continued. Fitting in different shift patterns with academic commitments is, at times, challenging. However it is well worth it given the professional and academic qualifications that are gained after three years. And, of course, none of this would be possible without the support provided by both the University and friends and family.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at BU and feel the clinical skills training provided by both the University and PooleHospital was excellent, Hannah concluded. I was very well supported on clinical rotations throughout the three years by placement mentors, who allowed meto put these skills into practice and progress effectively into the acute setting that I now work. In particular, Sophie Guinness, my mentor on Poole A&E was exceptional.

Hannah now hopes to join the RAF Reserves Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron based at RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire, which will allow her to care for injured servicemen and women during their flights back to the UK for treatment.

Professor Gail Thomas, Dean of BUs School of Health & Social Care was pleased to honour Hannahs award-winning performance, saying I am very pleased to congratulate Hannah on her excellent achievement which positively reflects her contribution as a student, a health care professional and a productive member of the BournemouthUniversity community.

BournemouthUniversitys 2010 Award Ceremonies celebrated the achievements of over 3,100 recipients of degrees, diplomas and professional qualifications over four days of activities at the Bournemouth International Centre.

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