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I’m looking at doing children’s nursing at the University of York and I was just wondering what types of working experience or volunteering would be useful before undertaking this course and how can I go about finding employers/places etc. I know that due to covid it may be quite hard to find any work experience, especially in a healthcare setting but I just wanted to know if anyone had any ideas,tips or advice?

Thank you in advance!
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Hi Georgia.McEvoyx
It's great that you're looking to join us soon!
In terms of things to put on your personal statement I would recommend doing one of our free online courses. We have one on Next steps to university: from choosing a course to your first assessment, Nursing: the application of bioscience, psychology and sociology and many others that you might like.
It can be difficult to find in-person work experience at the moment and we fully understand that in our admissions department.
I've had a quick search and it looks like you can register to do work experience with the NHS here, however I don't have personal experience of this. The NHS website does also have a page on work experience here that may be useful.
I hope this helps but if there's any other questions I can answer just let me know,
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(Original post by Georgia.McEvoyx)
Hi,

I’m looking at doing children’s nursing at the University of York and I was just wondering what types of working experience or volunteering would be useful before undertaking this course and how can I go about finding employers/places etc. I know that due to covid it may be quite hard to find any work experience, especially in a healthcare setting but I just wanted to know if anyone had any ideas,tips or advice?

Thank you in advance!
Hey Georgia, I'm going to be studying nursing this year and I agree it was quite hard to find work experience because of covid.
For my experience, I listed that I volunteer as a COVID vaccination marshall at my local hospital - I found this just by going on my GP surgery website. I am also a COVID responder for the Royal Voluntary Service on the GoodSam app.
I also emailed my local hospital for work experience shadowing a nurse, but obviously they weren't taking people for work experience due to the pandemic. However, I was put on the waiting list for when they do and I wrote this in my personal statement.
I also completed the virtual work experience on Brighton and Sussex Medical Schools website. Although it's meant for medicine candidates, there was a lot of useful information applicable to nursing too and I included that I did this.

Another thing you could do is see if you can volunteer helping out in a primary school at an after school club or something similar, this would show you have an interest in working with children.
If you don't have a part-time job already, you could also look for one that involves working with children. Be it a nursery, soft play area etc... I even worked at Clarks shoe shop which involved me working as a children's shoe fitter! This developed my skills in being able to communicate with children.

Hope this helps! Feel free to message me if you have any questions
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Thank you so much! This is really useful!
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