Dr Jennifer Oates, KCL
During the past 18 months I have been working with colleagues and students from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King's College London to design and evaluate a programme of educational activity to enhance nursing student wellbeing. We have worked with the King’s Wellbeing Service and the Recovery College at the Maudsley Hospital to develop a bespoke ‘wellbeing’ module and workshops for preregistration nurses based on the New Economics Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing, translated for King’s as: Keep moving; Invest in relationships; Never stop learning; Give to others; Savour the moment
Our approach has been to involve students as partners at all stages of the project design and evaluation. Interviews with students informed the design and content of the workshops which were delivered by final year students to first and second year nursing students. Student researchers assisted with the project development and evaluation, through conducting peer-to-peer interviews and analysing our research data.
Dr. Nicola Byrom, Lecturer in Psychology, Kings’ College London
As part of an Office for Students / Research England funded project with Derby University I’ve had the opportunity to interview PhD students about their experience. It seems a time packed full of challenging balances to navigate. Many students point to the freedom that they have as one of the best parts of being a PhD student; you have the opportunity to create your own profile, to manage your own time, to follow your own interests and motivations.
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