Mental health nurse Vicki Moss has been honoured with a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation Impact Award. The national awards are given annually to nursing professionals who have achieved outstanding impact with activities funded by the RCN Foundation.
Vicki works in the Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Newark at the Trust and is training to be a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. She started her nursing career with funding through the RCN Foundation’s Margaret Parkinson Scholarship, which funds graduates from non-nursing degrees to enter the nursing profession.
Vicki was funded to study nursing at Nottingham University and completed the course with a Distinction. During her studies, Vicki undertook a broad range of activities with highlights including working with a wide range of clients and seeing the difference that good mental health nursing could make to people’s lives. She also worked alongside experienced and inspiring clinicians who inspired her to keep going when things got tough.
Vicki said: “It was a real confidence boost to think that the RCN Foundation was behind me and they believed in me. I’d been really nervous about doing my nurse training and, making such a big commitment to change careers, I was worried that I was taking on too much of a challenge. When I found out about the award, I felt like that was a vote of confidence, and I was reassured that the Foundation saw something in me that made them think I could make a success of it. ”
Deepa Korea, RCN Foundation Director said: “It is vital that nursing staff are supported to develop the skills and expertise to provide the best patient care. Access to high quality education and learning opportunities is central to this, and the RCN Foundation is committed to investing in the nursing workforce in this way. I am delighted that we can support nursing staff to make an impact on themselves and their patients.”
Pictured left to right: Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, presenting Vicki with her award