Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

Create more opportunities for young people to be exposed to nursing

There's an article in Pulse, the GP magazine today which reports on a Swiss study that shows that the more that trainee doctors are exposed to General Practice as part of their training, the more likely they are to pick General Practice as a career. This is particularly important in a context where not enough trainees are going into General Practice: https://www.gponline.com/longer-placements-ge...article/1454124 

So how could we create a similar scenario for nursing and midwifery? How can we create opportunities to expose young people to the wonderful careers that nursing and midwifery represent at various points throughout their education?

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edited on Jan 12, 2018 by Helen Bevan

Andrew Clifton Jan 12, 2018

Yes - I think one way of doing this is to create a "National Caring Service" (NCS) where all (not just state educated kids) school children are exposed to caring for others and themselves, this could be a cross curricular development and linked in with citizenship and PSE. By embedding the notion of caring for boys, girls and neutral kids it will go a little way to address the idea that caring/nursing is for "girls" only. Also the NCS could be a life-long commitment in which "caring" is the responsibility of all and not just for "others".

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Helen Bevan Jan 12, 2018

Hi Andrew, that's a great idea. Can you post it as a separate idea (in its own right) so other people see it and can comment on it and it doesn't get lost in all the other content. BW Helen :)

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Andrew Clifton Jan 12, 2018

Will do Helen

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Wendy Nicholson 11 months ago

We also need to think about our of school - the curriculum is very crowded - scouts and guides would be idea!

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Sue Haines 11 months ago

One example a primary school teacher friend shared with me recently was a 'teddy bear hospital' education group run by university of Nottingham students. where they take an interactive learning workshop in to infant/primary age children (link below) , they aim to dispel myths about going in to hospital, which had evaluated very positively by teachers and children involved. It struck my that there was much greater potential with this type of education activity, it would seem another excellent way to share positive nursing and midwifery roles in a structured educational environment at a younger age, educating and dispelling myths, could be in primary schools or other children's groups eg scouts, brownies, cubs, etc
https://www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/healthcare/me...dybearhospital/

Be great to know if anyone around country is already doing anything like this?

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Lynnette Leman 8 months ago

Status label added: 2. Growing the talent

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