On the child health nursing course sometimes the theory can be a bit of a paper over load as we are only in university for 12 weeks, then back out on placement. Throughout our course we have clinical skills sessions in which we are able to put our theory into practice simulation environments with our lecturers. We usually have one every 2 weeks based in the John Bull building next to Derriford, the university provide all child nursing a free bus pass back and forth to Derriford.
In these sessions the lecturers allow us to think independently or in a group to overcome and pre prepared simulation activity. In the John Bull building there are two simulation dummies, one is an older child and the other is of toddler. The lecturers using a simple computer programme have the ability to change the simulation in real time by changing the dummies heart rates or respiration rate for example. I thoroughly enjoy the simulation activities we do in the clinical environment as it allows me to test my knowledge and work as part of a team in an emergency situation. In these sessions we also learn the basics of nursing and practice these skills like; CPR, how to deal with a choking infant/child/adult and even how to change a nappy effectively.
Within our clinical skills placement we had a day to work in partnership with the Peninsula dentistry school. This day was great to work alongside fellow students and discuss our experiences and share knowledge. They provided some interesting talks on what to look out for in children’s dental health and how signs of early neglect can be noticed. The dental students asked us questions on how we cope with children with additional needs, how to cope in these environments and what strategies need to be implemented to aid the dental students to treat children with additional needs.
These clinical skills session allow us to be more prepared for practice placement and at the end of each year we have a practical exam on 2 skills we have learnt throughout the year called an OSCE. Overall, these sessions provide us with a new experience to challenge are existing knowledge and share the experience amongst your peers, they also provide us with a chance to gain marks away from writing assignments.