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UoE Saving Lives nominated for RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Awards

Congratulations to the University of Edinburgh Saving Lives project team, led by our own Nursing Students, who have been nominated for the RCN Nursing Student of the Year Award.

The UoE Saving Lives project, led by our Nursing Studies students; Irma Rodriguez, Anabel Fernandez, Lorena Alvarez De Eulate Mullany, Megan Caldwell and Merwa Zen, has trained over 200 university students and staff in CPR since May 2023. As recognition for these efforts, they have all been nominated for the RCN Nursing Student of the Year Award, which aims to recognise those who have shown exceptional promise during their professional education and/or practice placement.

The UoE Saving Lives project was set up by our final-year students alongside medical student Hannah Kaufmann Wolfe and aims to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating, to students and staff across the University of Edinburgh community. The initiative, funded through the Student Experience Grant, is supported by our Nursing Studies department and Save a Life Scotland, and includes CPR and AED training as well as multidisciplinary collaboration.  

We could not be more proud of this group of students, who have worked exceptionally hard while juggling placement and assignments to build this project. The Saving Lives project has allowed this inspiring group to demonstrate much of what contributes to excellence in nursing practice. They have demonstrated superb skills of leadership, education and interprofessional team working and we look forward to them embarking on exciting and fulfilling careers in the nursing profession.

Lorraine CloseLecturer in Nursing Studies

The winners of each award will be announced at the RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year awards ceremony on 23 May 2024 at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Nominations were encouraged from all corners of health and social care, spanning the NHS acute and community services to GP practices, care homes and the third sector. The prestigious overall RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Award will be selected from the registered nurse winners from the eligible categories. 

Five Nursing Studies students stand in front of McEwan Hall on the University campus, smiling at the camera
UoE Saving Lives Founders