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I have been thinking about Personal Development and Citizenship (PDC) studies in schools. Common themes such as ‘living together’ are an opportunity to think about the care of others; informal (usually unpaid) and formal. Traditionally poor recognition of the former hasn’t helped the latter. That every generation has always had and will always need individuals who care is obvious but worth stating. Whether by nature, nurture  the practical or political, we have reduced numbers of nursing...

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If young people could be supported to design an App that guides pathways into nursing. The input coming from Yr 10-12 and young people at college (and including younger nurses more new to the profession). Young people set on this career path could include brief bios about their own journeys and what has influenced them. Why this career choice? What support helped most? Useful sources of information? Taking the first steps? Etc. Other topics for inclusion could include insight into...

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I asked my daughter (Sim), aged 16 who has no plan herself to enter nursing or health care at this time, how do we promote nursing as a career among younger people (such as her age group)? Her answer was brief and succinct (a little paraphrasing included...): ‘if you know a young person who cares enough about nursing to be one, they are probably the best to promote it to other young people. She thought that a young person pursuing their dream was more compelling than someone older who had...

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In teaching history in schools, the traditional predominance of  themes such as the ‘great man’ take on world events, could offer inclusion of  history and health...and of course nursing (international and cross-culturally). Until looking after another human being (including professionaly) is felt worthy of acknowledgement in our education curricula, many will believe that nursing is not worthy of them either.

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Has a class at school (primary or senior school, or perhaps a college or college course) ever ‘adopted’ a Ward? How could this work? A class of students could agree to a commitment where they visit patients on a ward or perhaps a community setting like a residential home; a manageable number per visit of perhaps five students. Of course there is the benefit for patients who may welcome a friendly visitor and some conversation! Students have a valuable opportunity for life experience and more...

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Hospital WIFI is virtually universally available. Many hospitals have a sign-in or introduction page for accessing WIFI. A prompt could be included: ‘Are you at school? College? Under the age of 20?’ Ever thought about a career in nursing? Did you know that nursing can offer...... (Perhaps include a link to more information) Could include a brief survey. Questions could be in the form of a quiz with answers: ‘What do you think nurses do? Why do you think people choose nursing as a career?...

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Please read on. Subsequent posts won’t be as long! I wrote this first contribution whilst reflecting on my own journey and deciding whether I should accept the mantle and challenge of ‘’Ambassador’ or not. The ideas for this challenge aren’t yet emerging like popcorn and may not any time soon...but should I emerge from the bath like a raving Archimedes, you’ll be the first to know. I hadn’t expected a biscuit to taste of disinfectant but when my Father informed me that the biscuits were...

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Gerard Hamilton

Greater London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Jul 14, 2018

Bio Thirty years a Registered Nurse. Born and trained in Manchester. Supported the inception of Barking, Dagenham and Redbridge’s first sexual health and HIV service. MSc Advanced Nursing Practice (Adult). Independent Prescriber since 2004. Sessional lecturer at London South Bank University on the advanced nurse practitioner programme. Key interest area is clinical education.

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Community Nurse Specialist (HIV) at the Integrated Sexual Health and HIV service for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust

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