A KIND-HEARTED midwifery student has won a prestigious award celebrating the human side of nursing.
Lyndsey Anderson, a mature student at Edinburgh Napier, was presented with the Simon Pullin Award at her graduation in Usher Hall.
It came after impressed patients contacted Lyndsey’s university to express their gratitude for the treatment they received under her care.
Before pursuing a career in midwifery, the mother-of-two worked as a property manager at banking giant HSBC for 13 years.
Lyndsey had always wanted to become a nurse, but was “sidetracked” after getting married and having children.
However, she refused to let the dream fade away and plans to make the most of a career change at the age of 34.
Lyndsey, from Kirkliston, said: “Working in a bank isn’t always the most fulfilling thing to do, in nursing you feel like you truly make a difference.
“I am truly privileged to have been given this award, as well as the opportunity to become a midwife.
“Completing my degree has made me realise the importance of what a little compassion can have on the people in your care.”
She added: “I didn’t even realise that I was doing anything special, it’s to do with your nature, you just do it without thinking, it’s a part of who you are.”
During her time at Edinburgh Napier, Lyndsey worked across Midlothian and the Capital, spending time in labour wards and visiting new mums at their homes, offering support.
She is now looking forward to building on her award-winning ways by launching an “opti-mumfitness” class – which is specifically designed to help new mums.
At the graduation, Lyndsey received £250 prize money and was praised by Edinburgh Napier’s Dr Stephen Smith, a lead nurse in compassionate care, who said: “Lyndsey is a worthy winner of the Simon Pullin Award, having displayed all the vital professional and caring skills required of a midwife today.”
Wife to David, 37, and mother to Euan and Lewis, who are aged eight and five respectively, Lyndsey, admitted it had been a daunting prospect returning to education.
She said: “I was very nervous, I hadn’t been in education since I did my Highers, and I found writing essays quite challenging.”
But she insisted it was worth all the effort to fulfil her lifelong dream – and stressed how the most important aspect to the nursing profession was paying attention to “the little things”.
Lyndsey said: “You need to make people feel comfortable – make them tea, talk to them, communication and understanding are the most important things in making a difference to patients and their families.”