Monday 3 July and Tuesday 4 July 2023 Livery Schools Link Careers Showcase Guildhall, City of London

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The Worshipful Company of Nurses were delighted to host a stand for two days at this year's careers showcase event at Guildhall. The purpose of the event is to show primary and secondary school students the sorts of careers that are available in the industries that the Livery Companies represent. The event gives children and young people (CYP) a chance to talk to our members who are or have been involved in these jobs. The other audience in each school group is the teacher who may want to know more about careers in the area.

The Education and Professional Development Committee of the Worshipful Company of Nurses put out a "Call to Action" last November and a fantastic response from our members was received, so much so that a rota was arranged and our volunteers only had to spend a single morning at the event rather than the two full days although some still volunteered to cover the complete event!  A plethora of equipment was sourced and brought along to our stand which included sphygmomanometers, stethoscopes, pulse oximeters, model babies, weighing scales, Resusci Annes, a choking child simulator and an anatomical torso with removable organs. A pull up banner was designed and purchased, a rolling presentation was produced by a group of our volunteers, and smart new branded tablecloths and table runners were also acquired that made the Nurses stand out in the impressive Old Library.

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. They all wanted to find out more about nursing and the diversity of the career one can have with a nursing or midwifery qualification – although many simply seemed interested in the fact that the torso's eye and bowels could be removed and the choking child could be saved by providing an abdominal thrust and projecting the offending object across the room! A competition was run on the second day to place the organs back in the torso with prizes donated by one of our Freemen and our resident 'patient' Carol Bavin had her blood pressure measured too many times to mention.

We were also privileged to host Dan Aukett on the Tuesday morning session who represented The Access Project, a City based organisation that supports CYP from underprivileged or poorly represented communities to enhance their abilities to achieve academic grades with the help of ‘volunteer tutors’ that will allow them to enter professions such as nursing and midwifery.

The Master visited the stand on both days and we were delighted to have a visit from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress on the Tuesday. Our thanks go to all our Freemen who volunteered to run the stand and giving up their precious free time and thanks too to all those on Education committee for organising the event. Let's hope we have inspired some to choose nursing as a career.