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.