A Cornwall-based student has been shortlisted in three categories of the national nursing awards.  

Jenita Loheswaran is nominated for student nurse of the year (adult); outstanding contribution to student affairs and the Mary Seacole Award for outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion. 

Jenita is currently working as a nursing associate at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has a biomedical sciences degree from the University of Plymouth and studied as a degree apprentice for her nursing associate qualification.   

She said: “I’m blown away to have been shortlisted in three categories of the Student Nursing Times Awards. I’m passionate about diversity in healthcare, so it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way.  

“The best thing about my training is seeing the positive impact I can have on people’s lives every day – whether they’re patients, families, or fellow students. I’m having a great learning experience so far and I can’t wait to see what comes next.” 

The University of Plymouth that has a campus in Truro is also in the running for the inaugural nursing apprenticeship provider of the year prize at the Student Nursing Times Awards.

Caroline Jamison, associate professor and academic lead for the nursing degree apprenticeships, said: “We are so thrilled to be shortlisted for nursing apprenticeship provider of the year, as we’re incredibly proud of our degree apprenticeship offer and collegiate relationship with our partners in the South West and beyond. 

“And we’re incredibly proud of Jenita too – being shortlisted once is amazing but three times is outstanding, and truly reflective of the hard work she puts into her training.”