Adult Nursing Students’ James Mathews and Bethany Cairns from Hamilton Campus attended the Florence Nightingale Foundation Students’ Day on Wednesday 11th May 2016.
The Florence Nightingale Foundation is a charitable organisation that supports nurses and midwives with scholarships, mentoring. They also raise vital funds to support nursing professionals, enabling study at home and abroad, promoting innovation in practice, in addition to extending knowledge and skills to enable nurses and midwives to meet changing needs and improve patient care. The support offered is usually directed towards postgraduate healthcare professionals but each year they also hold a Students Day. This year’s event consisted of a discussion with a panel of nursing leaders, a tour of the Florence Nightingale Museum located at St Thomas’ Hospital, London; afternoon tea and a visit to the Florence Nightingale Chapel at Westminster Abbey. The day ends with a commemoration service held within the Abbey. The event is attended by student representatives from other universities across the UK
James Mathews said: “This provided us with the opportunity to discuss current healthcare issues with an invited guest panel and debate with fellow students from Schools of Health throughout the United Kingdom.”
Bethany Cairns said: “We gained an informative insight into the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale and learned of her integral part in shaping the nursing profession, remaining relevant to current nursing practice. Discussion of current issues brought to light the vast and varying perceptions and experiences of student’s from all corners of the country but also unified us in discussion of common challenges and successes faced. This has been an extremely beneficial and unforgettable experience that we both feel privileged to have attended and we thank the University unreservedly for the opportunity.”