Inspiring the next generation of nurses

Aspiring health care professionals were given a unique insight into nursing at an innovative event at the University of Sheffield.

Measuring blood pressure

Learning how to administer injectionsMore than 50 Year 11 students from schools across the region attended the enthralling Taste of Nursing workshop hosted as part of Sheffield's Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMS).

SOAMS is a long-running scheme for youngsters in Years 9-13, aimed to increase aspirations, give encouragement, and motivate them to make a career in medicine or health care a real possibility.

The interactive event, hosted by Dr Mark Limb from the University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, gave teenagers an interesting insight into nursing whilst working alongside current post graduate nursing students.

The students also learnt some invaluable nursing skills like taking a patient’s blood pressure, how to administer injections, as well as finding out the importance of something as simple as having good maths skills on the wards.

Laura Booth, 15, from King Edward VII School and Language College said: "The event was excellent. I learnt a lot of new things like how to give injections, how to care for patients properly and how to read blood pressure.

"The fact that the volunteering nursing students were so friendly and helpful meant that I had a lot of fun, whilst extending my knowledge. SOAMS has helped vastly in my decision on a career in medicine and what I need to do to get there."

Amy Horton, event organiser and Outreach Officer, said: "Through SOAMS we aim to introduce pre-16 students to a range of careers in the health care sector, as well as emphasising the importance of teamwork in this field.

"We are really pleased that we have been able to run an event in conjunction with the School of Nursing and Midwifery staff and students to deliver a fun and informative session. The event gave participants a real insight into the role and responsibilities of a nurse, as well as letting them try their hand at some of the key skills nurses need when working with patients on the wards."

Additional information

Sheffield Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme
The University of Sheffield's Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme (SOAMS) makes a career in medicine a possibility for able students from all backgrounds.

A number of years ago the University was awarded additional places on the MBChB degree for students who have the ability to become good doctors, but who would not normally consider Higher Education as an option open to them. These places are reserved for students who successfully complete the SOAMS scheme.

For more information about the University of Sheffield's Outreach programmes visit Outreach

The University of Sheffield
With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.


Amy Pullan
Media Relations Officer
The University of Sheffield
0114 222 9859