Livery Careers Showcase, Guildhall, London – Mon 26 & Tue 27 Feb 2024

The Worshipful Company of Nurses was delighted to provide a stand for two days at this year's Livery Careers Showcase at Guildhall. The purpose of the event is to show primary and secondary school students the sorts of careers that are available in the many varied industries represented by the Livery Companies. The event gives children, young people and their teachers a chance to talk to our members and for us to demonstrate the variety of careers that can follow from nurse training. Our stand looked extremely professional and offered an engaging insight into the sort of experiences that they could experience within nursing.

With huge thanks to our amazing members who volunteered to help man the stands and brought with them a plethora of equipment, such as sphygmomanometers, stethoscopes, pulse oximeters, model babies, weighing scales, resuscitation and airway mannequins, a choking child simulator, catastrophic bleeding leg, sensory materials, theatre instruments and an anatomical torso with removable organs. We were also extremely grateful to the University of Greenwich, and Heather and Emma, who joined us with some fabulous interactive resuscitation mannequins.

We were in the Great Hall this year alongside the Worshipful Companies of Barbers, Spectacle Makers and Scientific Instrument makers along with numerous other livery companies. It is a really important opportunity for us to be seen as one of the Worshipful Companies ourselves and to network and learn more with the other livery companies. It was great fun too, although we were all exhausted by the end! The Master visited the stand on both days and we were visited by the Lady Mayoress and the Deputy Chairman of the Education Board of the City of London, Naresh Hari Sonpa.

The two days were extremely successful with amazing numbers of primary school children on the first day and secondary students on the second day all crowding around the hands-on stand. So many of them wanted to find out more about nursing and the diversity of the career one can have with a nursing or midwifery qualification. They loved the interactive nature of our stand and really enjoyed learning how to ventilate an adult or baby, measure their lung capacity, understand their oxygen saturation and to learn some first aid. We had enough volunteers to rota hourly slots and really enjoy time to get to know each other, chat to members of the other Livery Companies and visit all their fascinating stands too.

Our thanks go to all our Freemen and Liverymen who volunteered to run the stand and who gave up their precious free time. Thanks also, to all those on the Education committee for organising the event. We are really looking forward to participating again next year.