A professor of nursing at the University of Plymouth received the highest honor in his profession – a scholarship from the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN).
Professor Bridie Kent was one of 11 recipients this year – and the only one in the South West – to receive this honor thanks to her sustained track record of nursing leadership, clinical research and positive impact on patient care. .
The FRCN Award is presented annually to recognize innovative individuals who have made outstanding commitments to advancing the science and practice of nursing and improving health and patient care.
Nominees are nominated by peers to recognize experience, achievement and dedication to the nursing profession.
Professor Kent said:
“I am incredibly proud to have been recognized as a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing – it is a huge honor. Whether it’s shaping the workforce of tomorrow or being part of it myself, my passion is to help ensure the best care reaches patients across our healthcare facility. .
Professor Kent was trained at St Bartholomew’s in London when nursing education was hospital-based, rather than academic, and specialized in intensive care. She entered academia several years later and, after graduating in nursing, earned a doctorate before taking a clinical position in New Zealand, then becoming a professor of nursing at Deakin University. , in Australia. Family commitments then brought her back to the UK, and she has since held a number of managerial and research positions at Plymouth University.
To help fight COVID-19, she returned to intensive care clinical practice at Plymouth NHS Trust Teaching Hospitals last year, where she continues to work one day a week.
“The onset of COVID-19 has been an incredibly difficult time for the whole country, and being able to help in a small way by returning to practice was truly rewarding. Ultimately, the important things remain the same regardless of the challenge – the need to deliver person-centered care, skill, professionalism and humanity. That’s what we do as nurses, and it’s something I’m incredibly proud of.