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A network for children's nursing students to support each other

Ricky Baker describes how children’s nursing students could benefit from sharing their knowledge in online chat groups
Vector image shows overlapping silhouettes of mobile phone users. Ricky Baker describes how children’s nursing students benefit from sharing their knowledge in online chat groups.

Ricky Baker describes how childrens nursing students could benefit from sharing their knowledge in online chat groups

The Children and Young Peoples (CYP) Student Nurse Network is a national peer support group on Twitter dedicated to supporting childrens nursing students during their studies.

With rapid change in the NHS and new Nursing and Midwifery Council standards, it is important that as students we can support each other through this transition. With this in mind, and by encompassing digital transformation, the network is vitally important in supporting childrens nursing students, giving us a collective voice in an often under-represented profession.

Promoting and developing leadership skills in the future

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Ricky Baker describes how children’s nursing students could benefit from sharing their knowledge in online chat groups

Vector image shows overlapping silhouettes of mobile phone users. Ricky Baker describes how children’s nursing students benefit from sharing their knowledge in online chat groups.
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The Children and Young People’s (CYP) Student Nurse Network is a national peer support group on Twitter dedicated to supporting children’s nursing students during their studies.

With rapid change in the NHS and new Nursing and Midwifery Council standards, it is important that as students we can support each other through this transition. With this in mind, and by encompassing digital transformation, the network is vitally important in supporting children’s nursing students, giving us a collective voice in an often under-represented profession.

Promoting and developing leadership skills in the future nursing workforce

The Twitter group, called @CYPStNN began as a small project as part of the Council of Deans of Health’s Student Leadership Project, where I was one of 50 healthcare students in the UK to be accepted for the 2019 cohort. The programme aims to promote and develop leadership skills among the future nursing workforce through conferences, events, a coaching scheme and an online community.

Feeling inspired from my time on the programme and with the help of the University of Worcester, my leadership coach, and a friend and fellow children’s nursing student, Zoe Carciente, the idea of building a network to provide peer support to children’s nursing students was born.

The aim of the network is to provide student-led peer support on a national basis to children’s nursing students. I have discovered when giving talks about the positive use of social media that students often like to have peer-led support on hand, especially when on placement or studying late at night.

As the network grows and with valuable input from others, we are adapting and creating new and exciting content. We hold Twitter chats on relevant topics, provide anatomy and physiology sessions, and medication revision, to name just a few.

Network gives access to current information on children’s nursing

We welcome new ideas and can tailor our content around the children’s nursing students. We are also bridging the gap between nursing students and non-qualified nurses, and have worked with registered children’s nurses to facilitate chats.

Students can benefit greatly from being part of the network. Far too often children’s nursing students comment on how their studies are adult-focused, especially when lectures are mixed. This network provides access to relevant and current information specifically on children’s nursing.

Another benefit of the network is the transferable leadership skills available to children’s nursing students through opportunities to become curators for @CYPStNN. With our continued growth as a community we can offer these opportunities to a wide range of students in different years and universities. 

Twitter is a powerful tool and, if used correctly, social media can benefit our learning greatly. With access to peer support from the comfort of your own home, you will never feel alone during your studies. Ultimately, our shared knowledge as a community enables up-to-date and best practice to be achieved, enabling students to provide a positive experience for the child and their family in the hospital and community.

We are the children’s nursing students of today and the children’s nurses of tomorrow.


Picture of Ricky Baker,  who describes how children’s nursing students benefit from sharing their knowledge in online chat groups.Ricky Baker is a children’s nursing student at the University of Worcester

 

 

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