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Student Day at Shooting Star House

January 26, 2023

On Wednesday 25 January, we welcomed third year nursing students from Kingston University. This insightful day was organised by our Practice Education Team, who planned an eventful day.

The students heard about the great work being done by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and listened to a few talks from the family support team, SPACE team and in house team. They were able to hear about the first hand experience of working with and supporting children and young people, and ensuring the children’s and families needs are fulfilled. One student said “It is important to focus on the family just as much as the sick child”, and at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices we understand the struggles family face, so we try our best to care for siblings, parents and grandparents, as well as the supported child.

The students later received a tour of the hospice from family rooms, to the hydro pool and sensory room. They were able to learn about what services are offered in a hospice and how they can qualify as nurses who could work in a hospice. Another student added “Hospices are not a scary place”, after learning about the inner workings of Hospices and all the memory making that is done. They also enjoyed the chance to shop, by purchasing Shooting Star merchandise!

Dr Jayne Price, the academic supervisor for the programme had this to say “The buzz and chat from the students after their session was so positive. It fits in so well and brings the module Liz and I are currently delivering to life! I got emails last night from some of the students thanking me for the experience and indeed one begging for her next placement to with Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.”

If you would like to support your local children’s hospice and be a part of the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice team, then apply to our current vacancies or keep an eye out for any upcoming roles.