This May I was nominated by the University of Brighton to attend the Florence Nightingale Students Day which was being held at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
I was excited to be chosen to represent all of students from the University of Brighton, School of Nursing and Midwifery.
We met in the Governors Hall at St Thomas’ where there were 50 students from all over the country attending (Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England). For the first two hours we had the chance to put our questions to a panel of experts including Professor Shona Brown, Director of Organisational Development, Barts Health NHS Trust and others.
They discussed how recruiting for university places should be changed to ensure that the correct students apply. And how as student nurses we need to advertise a positive image.
They also talked about how PMVA training should be provided for mental health students before going onto a forensic or acute placement to feel safe and the shortage of placements within all branches of training.
It was a productive session being able to hear from very experienced nurses.
The Commemoration service was held at Westminster Abbey and I was able to sit on the front row and got to see everything. There were hymns and memorial speeches and a procession of the roll of honour. This was followed by the procession of the ‘The Lamp’ which was carried by nurs’s and passed to the reverend to represent transfer of knowledge.
The service was emotional and very moving. It was a long day but well worth it, if you get the opportunity to attend you must go.
I was very honoured and proud to have been part of such a special day for someone I greatly admire.
Victoria Spurgeon is a third year mental health student at the University of Brighton.