Pupils gain first hand nursing experience

Ellon and Meldrum Academy pupils attended RGU's Nursing Summer School
Ellon and Meldrum Academy pupils attended RGU's Nursing Summer School

Secondary school pupils, including ones from Ellon and Oldmeldrum, who want to pursue a nursing career have been attending Robert Gordon University’s summer school.

A total of 20 youngsters from across the North-east recently took part in a week-long taster of what is involved in nursing.

It gives the pupils a chance to see if it is something they can see themselves doing in years to come

Una Lyon School of Nursing and Midwifery Lecturer

The programme, open to 16-18 year-olds, is a free educational experience to help interested pupils make more informed decisions about whether nursing is the right career choice for them.

Una Lyon, lecturer at RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, co-ordinates the summer school with university colleagues, in collaboration with NHS Grampian.

She said: “Nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession and the summer school highlights that. It gives the pupils a chance to see if it is something they can see themselves doing in years to come.

“At the summer school we try to show the diversity of the profession and the potential of very exciting career pathways.

“The experience involves adult, children and young people’s nursing as well as mental health and learning disabilities. It also reflects care that is delivered both in hospital and community settings.”

During the week participants took part in various nursing activities

Pupils not only practiced skills within the university’s Clinical Skills Centre, but also observed work within real clinical settings.

A popular element of the programme saw them undertaking simulated nursing practice when they put their new skills to the test with volunteer patients.

The recruitment process for the 2016 Nursing Summer School will begin in March, 2016, and is co-ordinated through the individual schools’ guidance teachers.