Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

Why schools?

There are a wide number of uniformed organisations that are open to young people, could we not engage with these organisations to develop learning resources that can be integrated into their programs that raises the profile of nursing?

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I know that the Scout and Guiding Association offer an awards based program, could we not work with them to develop a Nursing Award as part of their program. This would allow us to share the history of nursing and show how nursing has changed over the years. It would also be an opportunity to bring elements of self care into their program through first aid skills and raising awareness of maintaining good mental health. 

A further element of the award, maybe an advanced level could involve volunteering within a local care setting to provide young people with the opportunity experience 'working' in a care setting.

I also feel that this idea could be explored outside of the Scout Association to cover other organisations like the Army/Sea Cadets to educate young people to the history and role of nursing within the armed forces.

Bev Matthews Jan 3, 2018

What a great idea Tony! i know a cub leader who is also a nurse that i will ask to join the platform and comment.

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Zoe Lord Jan 4, 2018

I think this is a great idea Tony. Are there other organisations that could also do this? I'm thinking Girls Brigade, Boys Brigade, Army Cadets, council organised holiday clubs. I'm sure there are many others - what do you think?

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Tony Longbone Jan 4, 2018

Absolutely Zoe, I did stop myself writing a long list of different organisations that could be tapped into. Many of these organisations are mixed which allows us the opportunity to challenge stereotypes around nursing to.

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Zoe Lord Jan 4, 2018

Agreed re the mixed organisations to challenge stereotypes.

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Zara Head Jan 4, 2018

I am an assistant explorer leader and Nurse, two of my scouts have just started Adult Nursing courses at university, I look forward to watching them develop and grow.

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Tony Longbone Jan 5, 2018

That's great news, have spent the last 8 years in a number of different roles with the Scouts and Cubs, so much pleasure in seeing young people grow through the movement and I would be proud as punch if I'd inspired just one of them to take up a role in nursing.

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Zara Head Jan 5, 2018

I’m so very proud and hoping they’ll both come and spend some time with me in my CCG role to see the variety of roles nurses can do.

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Paul Vaughan Jan 5, 2018

I really like this idea of working with the Scouts - and the idea of a special badge is wonderful.

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Andrew Clifton Jan 5, 2018

Yes me too Paul and I'm a Scout Cub Leader.

I took some of my pack into a Nursing home this Christmas and intend to do this more often.

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Tony Longbone Jan 10, 2018

Comment copied from a Scouting FB group I am a member of
'here goes: putting a programme about nursing together is a great idea. It doesn't really need any special badges, but could cover parts of Emergency Aid and World challenge. Possibly also personal challenge, and community staged activity. Many leaders would jump at a ready made programme that ticks of stuff...'

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Tony Longbone Jan 10, 2018

Oops

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Lynnette Leman 8 months ago

Status label added: 3. Extraordinary career for YP

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