Nursing Student presents at Royal College of Nursing Education Conference

Mental Health Nursing student, Rachel Huggins, from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences was a huge success at the recent RCN Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition 2018.

Rachel, who is in her final year of study, gave a presentation to delegates at the annual event which aims to improve education for nurses, as well as to share best practice with the goal of achieving the highest possible level of care for patients.

Rachel said: “My aim was to give the nurse educators attending the conference a student’s perspective of learning and understanding the mental status examination through role play, and how it has personally improved my confidence and skills.”

“By taking part, I have pushed my boundaries of what I thought I could achieve. I feel that I’ve made a contribution to nurse education by sharing my opinion based on chatting with peers too. I had overwhelming feedback from both Swansea academics who attended as well as mental health lead of the RCN, something I was not expecting. I also received commendation in the closing speech from the chair of the RCN.”

In terms of my future practice, it has given me the opportunity to explore what I’m capable of, as well as informing my practice. I have increased my confidence in myself and as a student nurse due to qualify. The support from the university has allowed me to demonstrate how my determination can allow me to achieve the things I could only dream of when I started the course”.

Beryl Mansel, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Senior Lecturer of Mental Health Nursing at Swansea University, said: “Rachel’s presentation was impeccable and she was an absolute ambassador for Swansea University”.