Nurse in line for award

Pictured from left, Beccy Phillips from Hartlepool and Teesside Uni lecturer Mark Wheatley

Pictured from left, Beccy Phillips from Hartlepool and Teesside Uni lecturer Mark Wheatley

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A STUDENT nurse from Hartlepool has been short-listed for a prestigious national award.

Beccy Phillips has been nominated for an accolade in the first ever Student Nursing Times Awards.

The 38-year-old is completing a degree in adult nursing studies at Teesside University.

She is in the running to be named Student Nurse of the Year: Adult in the awards.

A change in family circumstances led Beccy to retrain and embark on her ideal career path.

She has now secured a job working in elderly care in Hartlepool.

Becky said: “I’d worked in various make-do jobs in retail, a restaurant and ran boarding kennels, although nursing was something I always wanted to do.

“Teesside University, together with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, enabled me to surpass any expectations I ever could have had for myself when embarking on a career as a nurse.

“It feels surreal and a real honour to be nominated from lecturers and mentors from practice.”

Mark Wheatley, a senior lecturer in the university’s nursing skills development team has been short-listed as Lecturer of the Year category.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, May 1.