Student Nurse organises a Team Building Day for her group

Lyndsey Griffiths, a first year student nurse at Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, organised a team building day for her group members to enjoy over Easter.

Lyndsey said: “I decided to organise the team building event for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, my husband Pete runs the outdoor centre and this meant that we had the facilities to accommodate everyone. Secondly, having worked there previously, I have developed an understanding of how these activities can promote team building, friendship and trust between people. Having just started the Nursing course, I thought it was a really good opportunity for everyone to develop these close bonds. We used this time to get to know each other and our families more, and have developed closer friendships, which I'm sure will develop further over 3 years of the course. I wanted to invite the staff team as I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for everyone to see each other outside of university and for everyone to do some team building together.”

“I believe that it is so important to develop teambuilding, trust and rapport, as these are key elements in Nursing. Developing these traits between fellow students, will allow us to communicate and work more effectively. I am thoroughly enjoying the Nursing course and especially enjoy the practical aspects to the course.  I am looking forward to going out on placement and developing my knowledge and skills further.”

Catherine Williams, Programme Director for Undergraduate Nursing, said: “Lyndsey organised this event for her fellow group members over Easter as a way for the cohort to get to know each other better and have some fun while doing so. She also opened this up to the staff at the Department of Nursing. I have to say, it was a fab day getting to know each other, and our children had a ball getting very muddy and wet!” 

“We participated in archery, rock climbing, abseiling, a very muddy assault course and finished off the day by building a raft and then racing across a pond. Most of us fell in!” 

“Team building in Nursing is very important, if nurses bond and work collaboratively in a cohesive team, communication mishaps and other issues can be averted. It was great to see the students and their children coordinate with one another, which in the future will help them manage patients’ needs and build a sense of unity among the group.”