Sarah’s nursing her future career

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A Banchory Academy senior pupil recently enjoyed a nursing summer school as the result of collaboration between NHS Grampian and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University.

Sarah Middleton, 16, from Strachan joined 26 other fourth and fifth-year secondary school pupils from across Aberdeen City and Shire, and Moray, in a week-long programme designed as an educational experience to help interested school pupils make informed decisions about whether nursing is the right career choice for them.

The week culminated with an event for pupils on Friday, July 29, in which members of the public acted as volunteer patients so pupils could undertake simulated nursing practice in the university’s own state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre.

During the programme, which has seen unprecedented demand, Sarah learned and practiced core nursing skills, gained an insight into student life, observed nursing work within real clinical settings and interacted with professionals and patients of NHS Grampian. Earlier on in the week, pupils visited Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Woodend Hospital, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Royal Cornhill Hospital.