The Royal College of Nursing Student Bus visited Bucks New University’s Uxbridge Campus, providing nursing students with a great opportunity to discover how the RCN can help them now and in their future careers.
The Student Bus is a brightly coloured, fully converted double-decker bus with seminar room, cyber café, seating section and publication area. It took to the road recently and is visiting universities and hospitals around the UK giving students the opportunity to attend workshops on subjects such as CV and interview techniques, accountability, dignity, infection prevention, and the transition to staff nurse and mental health.
As the largest professional union for nursing in the UK, the RCN represents around 400,000 nurses, health care support workers and nursing students, both in the NHS and the private sector, and RCN staff were on hand at Uxbridge to provide advice and guidance to both members and non-members.
Nicola Neale, Senior Lecturer, School of Pre-registration Nursing at Bucks New University, commented: “We are delighted to have been involved in and to meet the hard working team behind this initiative. Over 250 of our current students from first, second and third year diploma and degree courses accessed the RCN student bus visit; some students took days off from practice and others joined in before or after their seminars. They found the one-to-one sessions and seminars extremely beneficial, and the workshop on CV writing and the RCN e-resources were especially well attended and enjoyed.”
James Lee, a second year student on the Diploma of Higher Education in Pre-registration Nursing course and an RCN Student Information Officer, said: “I found the RCN Student Bus to be a very valuable student resource, and useful for students at all stages of their courses. I’ll be able to use the skills and techniques I learned both now and when I start to look for a job towards the end of my course.”