As part of a new initiative, Unity worked with undergraduate Mental Health Nursing students and delivered the ‘Ideal Mental Health Nurse’ exercise, making use of the ‘Ideal Social Worker’ exercise used in the social work induction.
Students were asked to think about the qualities of an “ideal nurse”, drawing on Unity members’ own experiences of receiving support. Students identified desirable qualities such as: being caring, promoting patient’s integrity, being non-judgemental and less desirable qualities: condescending, unreliable, talking at the patient. It was interesting to note that there were commonalities in desirable qualities highlighted amongst social work and nursing students.
Given the health and social care integration Unity hope there will be further opportunities to collaborations with the Faculty of Health Sciences.