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Promotion of the nursing profession to secondary school students program

The School of Nursing and Midwifery, in collaboration with the Department of Health Western Australia facilitate the HOT (Hands on Training) Program– Promoting Nursing as a Career to Year 10 students.

The aim is to recruit 24 Year 10 students who are interested in nursing as a career, to participate in a week long placement.

The week long course provides participants with a structured program promoting the diversity of a nursing career. Evidence based practice is used to guide the development of the week long program, including the use of specific teaching aids such as full human patient simulators and scenario based training. The benefits of scenario based training allow students to be exposed to authentic nursing situations as well as offering a safe environment for students to test their newly acquired skills.

The program and its content is themed by healthy lifestyle practices. Structured activities take place in lecture theatres, the anatomy laboratory and demonstration wards. Use of online learning activities are also included.

During these activities, participating students learn from a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate lecturers and participating hospital nursing staff in a supportive environment, providing them with access to a number of different nursing experiences and areas of expertise.

Practical workshops will provide students with the opportunity to learn about a number of principles important to nursing:

  • hand washing, gowning and gloving;
  • recording temperatures, blood pressure and pulse;
  • manual handling;
  • recording an ECG;
  • dressing wounds; and
  • dealing with real life situations (using mannequins).

The collaborative nature of this program is enhanced with a number of site visits to metropolitan hospitals. These visits will provide students with an opportunity to see the breadth of roles for nurses and the 'real' side of the profession.


Professor Cobie Rudd
Associate Professor Christopher Churchouse

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