Just before graduating, Tania Ferguson was presented with the Linda Sydie Award for excellence in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) programme. Her award was named after Linda Sydie, a former Head of Nursing at the University.  Tania is now working a health visitor in Hawick.

What Tania Says

It has been an incredible journey. There’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s been very rewarding. I’ve been very fortunate to have NHS Borders support me to complete the course. I am also particularly grateful to my practice teacher, Joan Rutherford at Hawick Public Health Nurse Team, for her support and guidance, and to my academic tutors at Queen Margaret. I’d also like say a special thank you to my friend and mentor, Jag Heatley. She retired recently but was a treasured practice teacher.

Since completing the course, my practice has developed and I am able to synthesise theory into practice, subsequently improving my ability to provide person centred care which promotes patient safety and evidence based practice. The course was challenging and has changed my perspective of public health nursing.

"Since completing the course, my practice has developed and I am able to synthesise theory into practice, subsequently improving my ability to provide person centred care which promotes patient safety and evidence based practice."
Tania Ferguson