Firstly, a Happy New Year from the School to all our Viewers and Followers.
Back in December we hosted an annual nursing event for local schools in association with NHS Dumfries and Galloway.
The event took place in Browne House at the University’s Dumfries Campus on the 10th December and was attended by 80 pupils from 14 regional schools including Annan Academy, Castle Douglas High School, Dalbeattie High School, Dumfries Academy, Dumfries High School, Douglas Ewart High School, Kirkcudbright Academy, Lockerbie Academy, Maxwelltown High School, Moffat Academy, St Joseph’s College, Sanquhar Academy, Stranraer Academy and Wallace Hall Academy.
This event provides senior school pupils in Dumfries and Galloway with the opportunity to attend the University for a day and to hear first-hand from nursing lecturers, NHS practitioners and nursing students about degree programmes in Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing offered locally at the Dumfries Campus and about the wide variety of career pathways available to nurses.
Kirstin Moffat from NHS Dumfries & Galloway also updated the pupils about the new hospital project which is where many of them may start their nursing careers.
During the day, pupils participated in six workshops. Two of the workshops; The Roles of a Nurse led by NHS Dumfries and Galloway and Studying in Dumfries and preparing for a career in nursing led by UWS Adult Nursing lecturers Mandy Maxwell and Heather Solley, were designed to raise awareness of the various roles nurses have in a range of care settings and to encourage pupils to think about the skills and attributes required to be a nurse.
A third workshop Trauma and Basic Life Support took place in the University’s clinical skills ward and was delivered by Mark Molesworth, Adult Nursing Lecturer and supported by UWS nursing students. During this workshop pupils experienced a trauma scenario to illustrate the challenges of working in a busy ward including conflicting priorities and the need for effective communication.
Further practical skills were demonstrated and practised in the Wound Care workshop led by UWS Nursing Lecturer Michelle Walters and UWS Skills Facilitator Denise Atkinson.
Pupils also participated in an interactive Health Improvement workshop led by the UWS Physical Exercise Champions team represented by a UWS nursing student and Adult Nursing Lecturer Sue McGrouther. During this session the importance of physical fitness, healthy lifestyles and teamwork was discussed and the impact these factors have on the role of a nurse both as role models and in disease prevention and health promotion. This was further promoted during the lunch break when staff, students, school pupils and teachers participated in the annual UWS Turkey Trot (campus walk) around the campus. Everyone was invited to wear festive outfits and Christmas jumpers for the Turkey Trot and make a donation to support West Sound’s Cash for Kids.
Pupils also enjoyed a tour of the University’s Domus Room which is a training facility set up on campus to illustrate the many practical adjustments and support aids that are available to support people living with Dementia. Mental Health Nursing lecturers Lara Mathews and Marie McCaig led this session with support of UWS Mental Health Nursing students.