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The future of nursing

19 Jun 2018

A group of 34 primary school pupils were entertained and informed by a visit from RCN staff and nursing colleagues when we took our ‘Nursing as a Career’ workshop to Rotherham.

Heathergarth Primary Academy in Bolton-Upon-Dearne took up our offer of a free interactive session learning about the profession and what it has to offer. 

Using information produced by the RCN Foundation as the basis for a workshop, we worked with other registered nurses to design a fun and informative day. 

By teaming up with The Rotherham Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust our staff were able to take realistic resources to enable the children to bandage each other and explore 3D models of parts of the body as part of a hands-on learning experience. The ten and eleven year olds were shown how to take a pulse and even how to put a plaster cast on as well as using a light box to check if they had washed their hands properly. 

There was an opportunity to share information about key figures from nursing history and the local press even showed up. As part of the event the nurses taking part talked about working in a variety of workplace settings and how children are cared for in hospital.

They took away goodie bags and stickers for getting involved and had the opportunity to ask their own questions, throwing up some tricky queries for RCN Officer Emma Phillips and Learning and Development Facilitator Gill Coverdale.

Emma said: “There were plenty of interesting and somewhat unexpected questions from the children - how can you ensure you get a boy or a girl when you're pregnant? What's the worst injury you've ever had? We were certainly put though our paces.  

“It resulted in us coming away with a big thank you from the school children, teachers and an invitation to return again next year. The team from the Hospital said they'd loved it so much they couldn't wait to team up and do more events with us in the future. 

“We came away being very proud that we are all nurses!”

The team are keen to take this workshop to other school sites, if you would like to get involved or if you know of a school that would benefit from a visit of this nature then please get in touch yorkshireandthehumberevents@rcn.org.uk.