Following a visit to University of Cardenal Herrera, University Hospitals of North Midlands have worked collaboratively to enable a Summer School exchange of student nurses from the Spanish University.
There were 7 student nurses involved in this first exchange and during the 3 weeks of their experience as volunteers they were placed in Critical Care, Neonatal, Theatres, Acute Medical Unit, Short stay Unit and the Stroke Unit. During this time the students were able to observe the practices of nurses working within an acute hospital environment in the UK. The student nurses were received in the practice areas and time was taken by the team to ensure that they had a positive experience in each area.
Kate Hackett, Senior Nurse Education & Workforce development, said: "We were delighted to welcome these student nurses and help them develop their skills and learning at UHNM and introduce them to methods that we employ in the NHS. It's important that as a Trust we continue to strengthen our links with Universities and Institutions around the world. We have a huge amount to be proud about at UHNM and it's fantastic that students from outside this country are able to experience the excellent standard of care that we provide."
This has been the first Summer School exchange of its kind undertaken by the UHNM and Keele University and it is hoped that this partnership will continue with further exchange visits between Keele and Cardenal Herrera Schools of Nursing.