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Category Spotlight: Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare

This category is for students of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sport science etc.
Medical students should submit to Medical Sciences and students of Pharmacy should submit to Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long.

Word Count: 2,500 – 5,000


The Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare category began was first introduced at the Undergraduate Awards 2014, in response to a growing interest from students within the related fields. Last year's winning paper was submitted by Amy Lewis of Western University, Canada with a paper entitled 'Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Initiatives for Inuit Youth in Canada'. The paper explores the negative impact that the loss of culture and community in the post-colonial era has had on the wellbeing and mental health of Canada's Indigenous peoples, particularly among the youth.

In conclusion, Amy argues that suicide has many contribution factors, with the themes of peer and intergenerational discord recurring among Inuit suicide statistics. To tackle this, the paper argues that sociopolitical action must go hand in hand with preventative measures such as guidance from elders and a focus on mental health initiatives.

According to the judges, Amy's paper was an excellent review of the issues, that include major policy implications for not only the nursing profession, but also the provincial and political systems:

"Indigenous health is a global health issue, with the impacts of colonisation being experienced globally. The loss of Indigenous ways of knowing, experiences of cultural erasure, and the effects on young people today make this paper, while set in Canada, extremely relevant to populations globally."

Amy Lewis is a recent graduate of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Program at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, and is now in the first year of the Master of Science in Nursing Program. Amy is commended for her academic achievements during her undergraduate studies, receiving the Arthur Labatt Family Graduate Scholarship in Nursing, and the Dr. Edith M. McDowell Award for highest average entering master’s level nursing studies.

Her passions include research, education, and political advocacy, which flourished during her experience as a research assistant for the Mental Health Nursing Research Alliance at Lawson Health Research Institute in London. She is also focusing on a leadership role as the Co-President of ASPIRE, the Alliance of Students Providing Interprofessional Resources and Education, to integrate a student-led clinic in London, Ontario that provides health promotion, education, and primary care services in the community.

A Highly Commended entry by Trinity College Dublin student Grace Murphy in 2016 is also an illuminating read. 'Lateral Violence in Nursing: Does Our Compassion End at the Bedside?' explores the issue of nurses mistreating colleagues, so-called lateral violence due to the wealth of research that has been developed to investigate the issue and discover its causation. The consensus among the literature Grace reviewed is that lateral violence is a significant problem in the nursing profession, one that is particularly acute among student nurses, seen as the group most vulnerable to abuse. By way of identifying a solution, the paper advocates for educational practices that highlight what constitutes lateral violence.

If you would like to find out how to submit to The Undergraduate Awards 2018 click here.

If you would like to read any of the Global Winners papers or Highly Commended papers go to The Undergraduate Awards Library.