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University busts myths about nursing

Schoolboys found out that not all nurses work in hospitals as they spent a day learning about the full range of opportunities the profession provides.

Pupils found out that not all nurses work in hospitals as they spent a day learning about the full range of opportunities the profession provides

Fifteen pupils from schools across Aberdeenshire in Scotland attended the event organised by Robert Gordon Universitys department for enhancement of learning, teaching and access.

Representatives from the universitys school of nursing and midwifery were on hand to dispel some of the myths about nursing.

'Challenging stereotypes'

Senior lecturer Donald Todd said: Its important young people are fully aware of the opportunities they have available to them and we challenge certain stereotypes around the field of nursing, such as around gender.

The boys were enthusiastic to learn more about nursing, particularly after we showed them that not all nurses work in hospitals, and it

Pupils found out that not all nurses work in hospitals as they spent a day learning about the full range of opportunities the profession provides


Pupils taking part in the event organised to dispel myths surrounding nursing 

Fifteen pupils from schools across Aberdeenshire in Scotland attended the event organised by Robert Gordon University’s department for enhancement of learning, teaching and access.

Representatives from the university’s school of nursing and midwifery were on hand to dispel some of the myths about nursing.

'Challenging stereotypes'

Senior lecturer Donald Todd said: ‘It’s important young people are fully aware of the opportunities they have available to them and we challenge certain stereotypes around the field of nursing, such as around gender.

‘The boys were enthusiastic to learn more about nursing, particularly after we showed them that not all nurses work in hospitals, and it opened their eyes to the various specialisations they could pursue.’

The pupils got to be ‘hands on’ in the nursing skills lab as male members of nursing staff should them how to assess injuries, dress wounds, take blood pressure and be taught CPR.

In addition to working with a role-playing patient, the pupils were introduced to METIman, the lab’s lifelike manikin used as a patient simulator, which can breathe, blink and speak.

The day concluded with lecturers answering various questions, before mental health nursing staff hosted a short film viewing and a discussion on feelings, values and how mental health affects overall health.


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