Student Awards

The Editorial Board of the journal Nursing Ethics is pleased to announce the award of two prizes. The Andrew McKie prize is for the best undergraduate student essay and the Paul Wainwright prize is for the best postgraduate essay. The maximum length is 3000 words and the topic must be related to nursing or health and social care, and ethics.

The competition is open to all students in nursing and other healthcare professions on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes during the period September 2018 to June 2019. The essay may have been submitted as an assignment but should not have been published previously. It can relate to an empirical ethics project or it can be a discussion/conceptual essay exploring a philosophical topic. The essay should make a significant and original contribution to nursing or healthcare ethics.

The closing date for entries is 30th May 2019. The winning essay will be announced at the 2019 ICNE conference. The authors of the prize-winning essays will receive one year’s free subscription to the journal and £100 worth of SAGE books. The prize-winning essay will be published in the journal. We, therefore, invite students to submit essays on a nursing or healthcare ethics topic to the journal by email ( Please clearly mark your submission by inserting the email subject as ‘student essay prize’. The essay should be in the correct format for the journal. For information regarding referencing and other author guidelines please go to

The prizes are named in honour of:

Dr Andrew McKie, a nurse lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland,  made a significant contribution to nurse education and care. His educational practice, research and scholarship demonstrated how the arts and humanities can contribute positively to professional education and develop ethical healthcare practice.  Andrew published a number of articles in Nursing Ethics and was a reviewer for the journal. He died in tragic circumstances, following a short illness, on 8th June 2013.

Professor Paul Wainwright, was well-known for his work in medical humanities, nursing philosophy and ethics. He had published widely on topics such as the art of nursing, dignity in care, conflicts of interest and research ethics. Paul was a consultant editor, reviewer and supporter of Nursing Ethics over many years. He was passionate about the development of the ethical healthcare practice. Paul died suddenly on 16th June 2010.