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Southend ED nurse shortlisted for Learner of the Year award

27 March 2018

Health Care

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 clinician."

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.