Hints and Tips
This is your chance to tell your story. All good stories have a structure so whether you are submitting entries for outstanding group initiatives or individuals remember to structure your entry along the following lines:
- Beginning: How did your idea come about or when did you decide to become a nurse?
- Middle: What did you do to get there? Give examples demonstrating why you stand out
- End: What were the results and what makes you or your initiative stand out?
To ensure that your submission is your best work, take a look at our hints and tips below before you start your entry:
- Make a note of the deadline: you must submit your entry by Friday 4 May 2018 so make sure you have this date in mind – write it in your diary or on your calendar, or set notifications on your phone to ensure you don't miss the chance to enter your excellent work
- Preparation is key: now that you know the deadline, allow yourself plenty of time to write, develop and submit your entry – coming back to it with a fresh pair of eyes can help you remember important details that may make the difference between being shortlisted and just missing out
- Make the judges' job easy: write in clear, plain English, avoid jargon and use bullet points where appropriate to break up the text
- Pay attention to grammar and spelling: poorly presented entries lack credibility so don't lose out on being shortlisted on something you could have easily avoided
- Involve the right people: if your work was a team effort, involve the other team members in developing the entry – you've got this far through teamwork so make it count
- Back up your entry: take advantage of the option to attach documents to support your entry with useful information such as audit data, cost analyses, patient experience survey results, documentation you have designed or anything that will help the judges to understand the impact of your work
- Proofread, proofread, proofread: ask someone else, such as a colleague, friend or manager, to look through your entry before you submit. It can be helpful to ask someone who was not directly involved in the work you are entering – like the judges they will not have detailed knowledge so they may suggest ways to clarify your entry
Don't miss your chance to win a Nursing Times Award. Entries are now open and you have until Friday 4 May to submit a winning application.