“You Teach Them to Grow” – Sharon Andrews Heralded as Mentor to Student Nurses

Sharon Andrews was heralded by her colleagues this week for her work supporting student nurses. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS

 

“What you give to these young nurses, it means so much to them. You teach them to grow.”

With these lovely words, Wendy Reynolds of BRHS’ Nursing Education Team named Short Stay Unit Nurse Sharon Andrews BRHS’ Clinical Supervisor of the Month, recognition of the time, energy and enthusiasm she dedicates to mentoring student nurses in her unit.

As uncomfortable as Sharon might have been with all the praise, it didn’t stop her colleagues heaping it on during an informal gathering in the Emergency Dept. on Thursday afternoon.

“You’re so amazing with the students,” Wendy said. “You’re patient, supportive and kind, and the time you spend with them has such an impact.”

“What you give is a genuine investment in our nurses of the future,” echoed Trish Young, ED Nurse Unit Manager.

But, of course, it is from an actual student that we learn the most about Sharon’s impact as a mentor to students.

“She makes me want to come to work,” said Vanessa Wellman, an Enrolled Nurse who works on Rotamah Ward but who is studying toward her Registered Nurse qualifications and undertaking a placement in the Emergency Dept.

“She’s approachable, she’s supportive – I always feel comfortable asking her anything. And, she’s always asking questions of me, encouraging me to learn.”

Our preceptors do a terrific job of supporting student nurses at BRHS.

And our Education Team does an equally terrific job of making sure those preceptors know that their time and efforts are hugely valued.

Well done, Sharon, and a massive thank you to all those preceptors making an investment in the future of our healthcare system.