Students gain first-hand experience of nursing

MPMC College students on work placement at hospital
MPMC College students on work placement at hospital

Students interested in a career in nursing have been gaining first-hand experience thanks to Milton Keynes Hospital.

The hospital has teamed up with MK college to offer placements on adult wards for Health and Social Care students, over a three-month period.

This week the hospital’s chief executive Joe Harrison welcomed students to Ward 21, to observe nursing staff to gain first-hand experience of hospital care. The prospective nurses, aged 17 and over, are helping patients with personal care and supporting people who find it difficult to eat and drink.

Some patients do not have regular visitors during their stay, so the students are also encouraged to spend time with their patients by talking, reading or playing cards.

Jane Naish, deputy director of patient care, said: “This is the first time Milton Keynes Hospital has offered placements to local students and we’re delighted to be working with the college.

“Everyone involved is keen to create a great experience for the next crop of nurses, and I’m happy to say the students are excited, too.”

Each student is mentored by a Healthcare Assistant (HCA), who has completed extensive training provided by the hospital’s practice development team.”

Pictured: MK Hospital chief executive, Joe Harrison, with two of the students