Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has begun a new way of helping its new intake of students on placement to find their way around.
The trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s, said that a common view from its new student recruits was that they are daunted by the size of the hospital.
“We are following Lillian’s fictional journey through our hospital right up until discharge”
To solve the problem, the trust’s nursing projects office has come up with what it hopes is a fun way for first-year student nurses to get to know their way around the hospital during their induction week.
The student nurses from Anglia Ruskin University took part in a patient-centred “treasure hunt” around the hospital, where they familiarised themselves with key areas and learned more about the trust.
The aim is to encourage them to look at things from a patient’s perspective. Throughout the week they followed a fictional patient, an 85-year-old called Lillian, throughout her journey in the hospital.
Rachael May, senior nurse for pre-registration students, said: “The whole purpose of this week is to welcome our new students who are in their first year of training into Addenbrooke’s, help them find their way around and let them get to know what it feels like for our patients.
“We are following Lillian’s fictional journey through our hospital right up until discharge, which we feel will be beneficial for them to learn what they can expect,” she said.