Academy pupils look to a future in nursing

bedside manner: Volunteer patient Rae Leslie being assessed by Jamie and Sarah in the university's Clinical Skills Centre at the Faculty of Health and Social Care in Garthdee.
bedside manner: Volunteer patient Rae Leslie being assessed by Jamie and Sarah in the university's Clinical Skills Centre at the Faculty of Health and Social Care in Garthdee.

TWO Ellon Academy seniors have completed a course at Robert Gordon’s Summer Nursing School to find out more about the profession.

Fifth-years Jamie Cochrane and Sarah Moore took part in the educational programme, which is run as a collaborative effort between NHS Grampian and Robert Gordon University School of Midwifery and Nursing. The week-long programme is designed as an educational experience to help interested school pupils make informed decisions about whether nursing is the right career choice for them.

The week culminated with an event for pupils on Friday 29 July in which members of the public acted as volunteer patients so that pupils could undertake simulated nursing practice in the university’s own state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre.

Earlier on in the week, students visited Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Woodend Hospital, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Royal Cornhill Hospital. Sarah told the Times that the experience had helped confirm that nursing was the right career for her.

“We got to see all different kinds of nursing, from childrens nursing to mental health”, she said. “We were also taught how to take blood pressure readings, how to make up beds and the importance of hygiene on the wards - it’s nothing like you see on TV programmes like ‘Casualty’!”

“I’ve applied to study for an adult nursing degree at Robert Gordon, which I’ll start in September. This has helped reinforce for me that nursing is the career I want to follow.”