Mature students invited to learn more about nursing

Mature students interested in a career in nursing will for the first time be able to attend a special taster event at RGU.

Clinical Skills CentreThe School of Nursing and Midwifery’s taster day for mature applicants will be held on Wednesday 22 August within the Clinical Skills Centre on the university’s Garthdee campus.

Unlike the School’s well-established taster day programme and summer school which are tailored to the needs of school pupils, this new one-day event has been designed specifically for adults who are looking for a career change or are seeking to return to work after an extended period of leave.

During the taster day, delegates will attend information sessions which explore the nursing profession before participating in hands-on tutorials where they will learn core nursing skills such as communication, hand washing, bed-making and feeding. The afternoon will then see them put these new skills to the test in a live setting by undertaking simulated nursing practice with volunteer patients.

Lecturer, Margo Learmonth, coordinates the School’s taster days and nursing summer school. She said: “We are really pleased to offer this opportunity for adult learners who are considering a move into nursing.

“The decision to hold the taster day follows from the many requests we have received for such an event on the back of the popular programmes we run for teenagers. This will be a great opportunity for attendees to try out some skills and chat to both academic and clinical staff and so make an informed choice about applying for the 2013 term.”

The last few spaces remain for the School’s 14 years and older taster days which will run on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 July. Like the mature student event, these have been designed to help delegates gain a fuller understanding of the reality of day to day nursing.

Those looking to book a place on both the mature student and the teenage taster days should contact Margo Learmonth on 01224 262635 or via email at


Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389