Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholarship Winners
20 July 2012
Huge congratulations to both Nicola West and Amie Hodges, both SONMS teachers currently working towards their PhDs, who have been awarded Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholarships.
The Florence Nightingale Foundation exists to support nurses and midwives with scholarships, mentoring and to give them some of the recognition they so richly deserve.
The Foundation raises funds to support this key group of clinical professionals, supporting the development of knowledge and skills to enable nurses and midwives to meet changing needs and improve patient care.
The Foundation's research scholarships provide a fantastic chance for nurses and midwives to engage in research activity.
Available to all British and Commonwealth nurses and midwives currently registered with the NMC and working in the UK, the scholarships are awarded for projects which will be of direct benefit to patients and the professions more widely. Funds are provided for a scholar to undertake a course in research methods, research modules or a dissertation/thesis as part of an academic course of study.
Nicola is a Consultant Nurse in breast care, based at the newly purpose built breast centre in Llandough hospital Cardiff. The only Consultant Nurse in breast care in Wales, Nicola also works for Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies as an Associate Lecturer.
Nicola's PhD research is focussed on exploring the experiences of women and their families who have a high risk of developing breast cancer and decide to undergo bilateral risk reducing mastectomy.
Amie is one of the School's lecturers in children's nursing. Her PhD research aims to provide an insight into the needs children whose siblings have cystic fibrosis, within the context of their family.
Both Nicola and Amie are contributors to the School's PhD blog, PhDays.