Staff and students celebrate Nurses’ Day

Posted on 13th June 2017

Staff, students and practice colleagues gathered at the University of Chester’s Wirral site, Clatterbridge Hospital, for the inaugural ‘Celebrate Nurses’ Day’ event.

Students and staff at Nurses’ Day
Students and staff at Nurses’ Day

The afternoon provided an opportunity for staff to celebrate the creativity of nursing students, as they presented poems, short stories, musings and reflections of their time working in organisations on placement, both locally and abroad. First year Nursing students also enjoyed presenting their work on global public health issues such as poverty and exploring how this affects people's health and wellbeing. 

As well as workshops, students attended staff-led seminars, including a well-received talk by nurses from the University of Chester’s Historical Society, a presentation on the assistive technology available to support students, and advice by Practice Education Facilitators from Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH). 

Organiser Liz Cooper, who is the Deputy Head of the Acute Adult Care Department based at the Wirral site, said: “I’m so pleased that our inaugural event, which was all about sharing the joy of nursing, was so well received. We brought together practitioners, educators and future nurses in an afternoon of informative activities. 

“This was also an opportunity to discuss continuing professional development, attend workshops and to focus upon the health and wellbeing of students and staff. We’re hoping to extend this event next year to invite people interested in starting their career in health and social care through studying with the University of Chester.” 

Amy Sidmonds, a student nurse at the Wirral site, added: “Nurses’ Day was a fantastic opportunity for us to share our overseas placement experience in Milwaukee, USA, and encourage other students to consider exploring the role of the nurse internationally.” 

‘Celebrate Nurses’ Day’ is part of an open forum, where students across all Nursing cohorts can get together and listen to the fantastic work they are producing as part of their University experience. The Wirral Campus also holds bi-monthly seminars, where professors, educators, practitioners and students participate in discussion on local and national issues, pertinent to improving health and social care practice.  

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