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Secondary school pupils from across Dumfries and Galloway got an insight into life as a health, nursing and midwifery student at University of the West of Scotland’s annual nursing event, which took place at the Dumfries campus on Tuesday 27 November 2018.

Around 70 fifth and sixth year pupils interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare sector attended the full-day event, which saw the students participating in a range of hands-on workshops covering a host of health and nursing disciplines.

The workshops, delivered by UWS academics, students and NHS health practitioners, enabled pupils to learn more about the role of a health care professional, how to prepare for a career in nursing, wound care, health improvement, dementia care and trauma and basic life support. They also benefitted from the skills and knowledge of the local health and nursing professionals who were present at the event.

“Once again, the Dumfries campus’ annual nursing event was a great success and brought together secondary school pupils from across the region who have a keen interest in pursuing a career in health, nursing and midwifery."
Laura Murdoch

Pupils had the chance to network with academic staff and students from UWS, as well as a range of NHS health practitioners. It provided useful additions to the pupil’s CVs and UCAS applications and they left the event with a better understanding of what it takes to be a nurse or midwife in the modern world.

UWS is the largest provider of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland, with 98% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduating. The Dumfries campus offers students the chance to gain hands-on experience in its state-of-the art simulated clinical teaching spaces, and University-wide, UWS is home to Scotland’s newest simulated nursing and midwifery teaching facilities.

“Importantly, pupils gained valuable insight into just what it takes to become a healthcare professional in today’s modern society"
Laura Murdoch

Laura Murdoch, Student Recruitment Coordinator at UWS, said: “Once again, the Dumfries campus’ annual nursing event was a great success and brought together secondary school pupils from across the region who have a keen interest in pursuing a career in health, nursing and midwifery. The event provided students with the perfect opportunity to meet likeminded individuals and learn more about their options once they leave school and what it’s like to study at UWS.

“Importantly, pupils gained valuable insight into just what it takes to become a healthcare professional in today’s modern society, and the incredibly valuable contribution they could one day make to their local communities if they choose to study one of our nationally-recognised health, nursing and midwifery courses.”

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