Southend ED nurse shortlisted for Learner of the Year award
27 March 2018
Matthew Osborne, a charge nurse at Southend Hospital’s Emergency Department who is also a lecturer at the University of Essex’s School of Health and Social Care, has been shortlisted for an award in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2018.
He's now also a doctoral student too, having recently started
his Professional Doctorate in Emergency Nursing and joined Essex as
a part-time lecturer two years ago, also guest-lecturing at the
Royal College of Nursing.
Matthew has combined teaching and learning with clinical
practice throughout his career and this dedication to professional
development has been recognised with a place on the shortlist for
Learner of the Year, recognising students who embody the values of
nursing and are role models and leaders, inspiring others from
their universities and nationally.
Matthew said: "I firmly believe that being a clinician makes me
a better teacher, and being a teacher makes me a better
Matthew has now been working as a charge nurse for ten years.
Since entering nursing as a pre-registration student he has never
spent more than six months out of the classroom, returning after
qualifying to take a wide range of professional development
modules, qualifications and clinical skills courses. Many have
supported his specialisms in patient assessment, acute illness in
adults and sepsis.
Of his life-long learning Matthew said: "Balancing work and
study is difficult, working a clinical job in a demanding
environment such as emergency nursing during what is arguably the
most pressurised winter the NHS has experienced has been tough. The
beauty of doing a Professional Doctorate is I get to study an area
that I think is interesting, and because there is a degree of
flexibility I can set my own study time."
On top of his own learning, the Award judges were impressed with
Matthew's commitment to sharing knowledge with student nurses and
his Southend Hospital colleagues.