De Montfort University, Leicester
De Montfort University started I.M.P.S in 2013
Nursing students from De Montfort University (DMU) have started delivering I.M.P.S. education to school children in Leicester.
School of Nursing and Midwifery Edith Murphy Building Room 8.12 De Montfort University Leicester LE1 9BH
This is the first time that student nurses have been involved in I.M.P.S. training. The workshops were funded by DMU’s Square Mile project, which aims to make a difference to people living in an area close to the campus, by drawing on the skills and expertise of the university’s staff and students.
Each year there are about 30 student nurses within the Child Field of Practice, BSC pre reg nursing at DMU. Being involved in I.M.P.S. education enables the student nurses to work with “well” children in local schools, whilst developing their leadership, project management and communication skills but also presents an opportunity for them to talk to younger children about DMU and careers in nursing.
Each time the students deliver a session they are supervised by a senior lecturer from the Children’s team.
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Nursing Students comments
As a child nursing student it’s hugely beneficial to work with children and for them to learn about common accidents and how to avoid them.
The idea of speaking to 20-30 children scared me at first. I felt that I needed to make sure that I had more information than I needed to ensure that my part went well. The actual session was surprisingly enjoyable. I felt that the children were really eager to learn and wanted to share their experiences. The children responded well to being asked questions and the practical activities ( such as breaking the egg and the recovery position).
Participating in the IMPS training programme was something that I really enjoyed. It was such a nice experience to teach children basic skills which they may need to have an awareness of. The children were so eager to learn so this made the experience even more worthwhile. We all worked in small groups, discussing various topics such as road safety, calling 999 and what to do if you got burnt, electrocuted, cut etc. As well as being beneficial to the children, it helped me to develop my communication skills and confidence in speaking to large groups of people.