AN INSPIRING Leeds woman’s unusual education efforts have been recognised in the YEP-backed Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards.
Jan Procter-King, from Thorner, has been nominated in the Education category at the fundraising awards.
Jan, lead tutor of et.al.training and cardiovascular focused practice nurse, teaches about cardiovascular disease, diabetes and kidney care.
To get her point across and make her training sessions more memorable, Jan often dresses up as various characters, including a chef and Minnie Mouse.
She said: “I am very proud to be a nurse and feel lucky to be able to travel the country being educationally eccentric, supporting people to develop their understanding and skills, to ultimately make a difference to the people we care for.”
Speaking about her teaching, she added: “I just love watching the pennies drop when people really understand what and how and why.
“I am a bit strange, for example, when I wear the foam atheroma outfit, they are rather surprised. But then, when I become unstable and throw lumps of the foam at people, they never forget the difference between stable and unstable angina.”
Jan, who is also editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and kidney care, added: “I’m shocked and thrilled [to be nominated. It has absolutely made my year.”
The Women of Achievement Awards, which will be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on May 9, is now in its 28th year and raises thousands of pounds for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.
Nominations are open until April 28 for five categories – Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Business, Education, Sport, Young Achiever of the Year and the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage.
For a nomination form, or to attend the event, call Georgina Abbott on 0113 2033 338 or visit www.sueryder.org/YWOA.