A student nurse from Herefordshire has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in this year's student nursing times awards. Ricky Baker, of Eardisley, who is in his third year studying children's nursing at the University of Worcester, has been shortlisted for student nurse of the year (children's nursing).   The awards pay tribute to student nurses and midwives and the programmes and people committed to providing outstanding training and education opportunities Mr Baker, 28, said: "The University has opened the door to several opportunities, actively encouraging me to make a positive impact as a student nurse, for which I am eternally grateful.

"This has led to me being involved in many extracurricular activities and projects that ultimately positively impact on student experience and children's nursing as a whole.

"To have been shortlisted for the Student Nurse of the Year: Children, is a surreal experience as I do what I do for my love of nursing and wanting to help others along their journey as a student nurse." 

Mr Baker said he has a passion for working with children and wanting to make a difference when providing quality care.

"I highly value my role as a student and have the greatest sense of achievement when making an impact to a child's life and I will ensure that I continue to be a positive role model for children and their families who access children's healthcare services," he added.  "My personal aim is to increase the profile of men within the profession.

"I want to inspire others to begin their journey in nursing, showcasing that nursing is a profession inclusive of all genders."