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Elderly help prepare the next generation of nurses

Published: December 11, 2017

Duchy College Duchy Stoke Climsland

Elderly people in Cornwall and Devon have been helping the next generation of nurses by giving their time and insights into their lives.

A group of nursing students held a focus group with members of the older generation to gain a further understanding of issues facing them and their families.

The Access to Higher Education in Nursing students from Cornwall College Saltash who are currently studying a Life Span Development module, spoke to the group about various sensitive issues from care plans, how they feel about getting older and possibly losing some independence to how they have settled into retirement and the one piece of advice they would like to give.

Valerie Bullock, 84 years old, told the group to “never give up, whatever you are going to do it to the best of your ability and just enjoy life!”

She was joined by Stephen McQuillen, 75 years old, who said looking back they had a “simpler life growing up than the younger generation do now, it doesn’t mean it was any better but it definitely wasn’t any worse.”

Lecturer for Access to Higher Education at Cornwall College Saltash, Norma Barrett, said “this is the second year running our Access students have held this focus group.”

“The session was incredibly valuable for the students to put context into the theory they are currently learning.”

Student Natasha Lush who lives in Callington, found it “a very useful session”.

“I feel it is really going to help with our Life Span Development module. On completion of this course I plan to go to Plymouth University to study Mental Health Nursing.”


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