A student who helped a patient with cancer discover new avenues of support for coping with the illness and who has won a prestigious nursing award has been nominated for a Trinity Mirror Your Champions award as Champion Person of the Year.
Sue Grave, 46, originally from Ellesmere Port and now living in Elton, was shortlisted for the Royal College of Nursing in Wales award after impressing a panel of experts with her achievements while studying at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham.
Sue supported a patient who had cancer while she was undertaking one of her clinical placements. Her care improvement innovation was selected to feature as an example of best practice in an NHS Wales patient improvement programme and reflections written by Sue following her experience on hospital wards were also published in a health journal, encouraging fellow nurses to implement small changes to make a big difference in their daily work.
Sue, who has a degree in adult nursing, is following a lifelong passion for a career in nursing.
She has secured a job working as a staff nurse on a critical care unit and was nominated for the student nurse of the year award by her tutor Gill Truscott at Glyndŵr University.
Sue said: “I’d always wanted to become a nurse but I needed experience so I actually volunteered for a few months and was then offered a permanent position as a health care assistant at the Countess of Chester Hospital. I started my degree training in September 2011 and I’ve never looked back.
“It was gruelling returning to study and completing placements and at times I found it incredibly challenging but it paid off in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Glyndŵr University. To be nominated and then selected as a finalist for student nurse of the year was just amazing.”
Gill said: “Sue was an outstanding student and we are extremely proud of her achievements. It is unusual for a newly qualified nurse to secure a position on a critical care unit but this is a testament to all Sue’s hard work. We wish her every success in the future.”