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Student Nurses to Offer Health Information at The Hive

Student nurses from the University of Worcester will be offering information on a range of medical issues at a health event at The Hive on Monday, as part of their health promotion module.

The group of second year students will be at the library between 10am and 3pm, promoting blood donation, healthy eating and donor registration, as well as giving guidance on stroke prevention and melanoma recognition and aiming to raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases.

They will also be taking blood pressure readings – a vital part of health checks for the over 40s, who are advised to have their blood pressure checked every year.

Chris Clarke, Module Leader and Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, explains: “The students have worked very hard to produce information leaflets and posters on a wide range of health promotion topics. We are delighted that The Hive has given the students the chance to set up these displays, which will be of great benefit to the general public.”

Steve Wilding, Clinical Educator in Nursing, adds: “As registered nurses, we all have a responsibility to promote good health, and this is an excellent opportunity for our students to start addressing health promotion whilst on our nursing course.”

Health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS more than £5 billion every year, with 61.3 per cent of adults in England classed as overweight or obese.

Data also shows that new sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses rose five per cent in 2012, with the continuing high rate suggesting that many people are still putting themselves at risk through unsafe sex.

These ongoing issues, says Chris Clarke, show how vital it is that health professionals are able to get clear, effective messages across.

She explains: “The curriculum developed at the University of Worcester is designed to enable our students to gain knowledge and skills in communicating health promotion topics to members of the public.

“This event will help prepare our students for future practice and responsibilities, as well as delivering some potentially crucial medical information to the public.

“Nurses are ideally placed to influence the people they interact with, empowering them to achieve positive health outcomes, particularly in the key areas our students have chosen to highlight at Monday’s event.”

“These are problems which are costing the NHS billions. We need to ensure that our student nurses are able to relate to the people and communities that they will serve, and can communicate effectively,” she continues.

“Therefore, we hope that the event will be a great opportunity for both our student nurses and the public, and we hope to see plenty of people at The Hive on Monday.”