Last week, Glenside Campus played host to a vibrant celebration of its nursing and midwifery staff and students.
With International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May, we joined forces with the university to celebrate by throwing a lunchtime party in The Hub.
Students were given an extended lunch break to take a well-deserved break and join in with the fun and games. There was a buzz around The Hub with information stalls; cakes baked by student midwives; a ‘What’s that thing for?’ quiz with nursing artefacts; and a ‘Where is the Midwife from?’ competition. There was also a photo booth (with a printer) which proved to be incredibly popular with both staff and students.
The celebration sparked some great conversations, with people discussing their elective studies and placements, how far they’ve come and reminiscing about the changes they’ve seen in their profession over the years (especially in the uniforms!)
The highlight for The Students' Union was our cake stall, where we gave out nearly 200 cupcakes (as well as gluten free cakes and Nakd bars) to say ‘thank you’ for all the amazing work that our healthcare students do. We know how tough it can be to juggle long days in lectures with essays, placements and commutes so it was great to be able to give something back. One nurse even told us that after 20 years in the profession it was the first time anyone had ever really thanked her!
Nursing and Midwifery students at UWE Bristol are notoriously dedicated and spend a lot of time on placement, gaining hands-on experience in real life scenarios. They build up a wealth of knowledge and skills that make them ready to go into the workplace as soon as they qualify. Most students on these courses begin their studies with a clear career path in mind. It’s no surprise that they take pride in preparing to go into a profession that they’re so passionate about.
We asked Glenside students what makes them proud of their profession here’s:
“Because, in maintaining and advocating for our patients' and communities' wellbeing and safety, we are the backbone of the NHS. We deserve so much more than we get.” – Hasina Ghani, third year Adult Nursing student
“Because I am just an everyday person witnessing miracles happen!" – Nikki Matthews, third year Midwifery student
“Because I know I can make a difference.” – Grace Guimaraes, first year Adult Nursing student