24/03/2014 by sleach860
A group of highly motivated Year 8s got the lowdown on careers in medicine and nursing at an event staged at Manchester University on Thursday 20th March. The event, entitled “Working in an emergency room” started by giving pupils an opportunity to identify the qualities they believed made good doctors and nurses, before looking at the roles in more detail.
The event then continued with presentations by Dr Enam Haque and Dr Shaun Speed, who described their personal and educational journeys and work as practicing GP and nurse respectively. Both Enam and Shaun also now lecture at the university.
The event was supported by current nursing and medical students who gave a perspective on training and university life. A key motivation for wanting to work in the healthcare sector was identified by many contributors as “wanting to make a difference in someone’s life”.
Two workshops followed lunch, looking at the essential skill of resuscitation, which the pupils got to practice and the importance good communication amongst medical professionals.
The university admissions process was explained for both nursing and medicine, along with some useful advice about GCSEs, A Levels and the all-important UCAS personal statement. Finally, the pupils reviewed their earlier activity which highlighted the essential qualities needed to work in healthcare. Throughout the day it was clear the Year 8s had gained a much clearer view of what it takes to become a doctor or nurse.
The day was well received by the Year 8s, with Theo and Thomas describing it as good, whilst Zahra said the day was “really good and fun” adding that “we learnt new things”.