Pupils gain hands-on nursing experience

Alison West (16) from Mintlaw Academy and Megan Reid (16) from Peterhead Academy attend the nursing school.

Alison West (16) from Mintlaw Academy and Megan Reid (16) from Peterhead Academy attend the nursing school.

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Senior secondary school pupils from across Scotland are enjoying a Nursing Summer School as the result of collaboration between NHS Grampian and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University.

Twenty-four fourth and fifth-year secondary school pupils from across Aberdeen City and Shire, Moray, Orkney and the Highlands are currently taking part in a week-long programme which has been designed as an educational experience to help interested school pupils make informed decisions about whether nursing is the right career choice for them.

Among them are Alison West (16) from Mintlaw Academy and Megan Reid (16) from Peterhead Academy.

During the week, which runs from 20 to 27 July, pupils have been learning and practising core nursing skills, gaining an insight into student life, observing nursing work within real clinical settings and interacting with professionals and patients of NHS Grampian.

This has included visits to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Woodend Hospital, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Royal Cornhill Hospital.

The week culminated with an event last Friday during which members of the public will act as volunteer patients so that pupils can undertake simulated nursing practice in the University’s own state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre.