Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

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Choosing what you want to be in life is difficult - especially when you’re still at school and have very little real life experience of different careers. You will receive minimal work experience opportunities before making big decisions and if you want to get work experience as a nurse there are way too many hurdles to jump.

The ideas... Let’s make it easier for children to experience what it’s like to be a nurse. We can do this by nurses going in to schools to give short talks and organisations being proactive by offering easy access work experience placements.

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edited on Jan 4, 2018 by Zoe Lord

Bev Matthews Dec 22, 2017

That’s a really good point Zoe about nurses going into schools. It made me think about the changing role of the school nurse too - that visibility was a bonus in that they were there when you needed them rather than just for vaccination etc. How do we bring that tacit learning back?

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Zoe Lord Jan 4, 2018

You're right Bev - the school nurse is someone who can promote the profession. I remember my school nurses - I distinctly remember the nurse who gave me my BCG jab! That wasn't a nice experience - so more of the nice interactions with children would be better.

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Andrew Clifton Dec 22, 2017

I agree starting in schools is a very good point to make but not just state schools all schools including grammar and public schools, I would lke to see nursing/caring becoming everyones business.

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Kate Pound Dec 28, 2017

Thanks, Zoe I agree, would love to see more YP learning about working in health care. I wonder if this could be developed in National Citizen Service work http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/

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Danielle Gillett Jan 3, 2018

I agree with this whole heartedly, I became a nurse later on in life, because there was very little sharing of the profession as an idea in school or career advice centres. Not sure how much this has changed. My daughters school is always asking for parents to go in to classes and talk about what they do, I've always been tempted, but never had the courage. Maybe it's time I braved it up and shared nurses and what we do.

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Zoe Lord Jan 4, 2018

You should go for it Danielle! I don't think there is enough support or guidance for careers - my belief is that the education system is focused on achieving set targets - rather than longer-term vision.

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Zoe Lord Jan 4, 2018

My son would like to be a farmer - I think this is because he has lots of exposure to the farming world - we live in farmland and he watches the farmers in the fields.
My feeling is that if children (including my son) have more exposure to the nursing profession they would be inclined to be nurses.

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Laura Anisha Habib - Innovation Champion Jan 5, 2018

Great idea Zoe, I work in mental health nursing in forensic psychiatry and a few of my fabulous colleagues have gone into schools to promote a career in nursing, to talk about stigma and mental health and plan to continue with this, great way indeed to generate interest, encourage and inspire : )

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Wendy Nicholson 11 months ago

Hello I love your ideas and suggestions, we work with school nurses to ensure young people know about school nursing and health services

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Lynnette Leman 8 months ago

Status label added: 3. Extraordinary career for YP

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