An Exit Orientation Programme for final year Nursing students focused on mental health and well-being and preparation for the world of work.
The programme was hosted by the College of Health Sciences’ Student Support Services in partnership with School of Nursing and Public Health Lecturer, Ms Mary Ann Jarvis.
The event, which coincided with World Mental Health Day, addressed students’ personal and emotional well-being as they approach the end of their academic journey and prepare themselves for the transition into the world of work.
The programme, attended by 29 final year Bachelor of Nursing Students, took participants through a multi-perspective overview, addressing core competencies, workplace challenges, and highlighting attributes required by employers and their profession.
Student Counsellor Mrs Wulganithi Thaver presented tips and techniques on compiling a CV, skills to ensure an effective job interview process, and image and grooming with emphasis on appropriate professional attire in a clinical setting. There was also a focus on financial management for new graduates about to earn their first salary.
Student Counsellor Ms Suzanne Stokes presented on students profiling themselves professionally, through the use of social media forums and developing their career and capacity beyond community service.
She encouraged students to focus on their personal mental health and wellness.
Dr Kamilla Rawatlal guided students on managing their own feelings and anxiety around expected traumas they will be exposed to in the clinical setting and also did a presentation on self-care, workplace ethics and professionalism.
The Exit Orientation exercise was aimed at empowering students with the necessary skills to give them a competitive edge in the work environment, and to make them more marketable and confident in order to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead of them in their career and personal lives.
Thaver said such programmes were aimed at ensuring students exited Higher Education as socially and professionally competent graduates capable of making a meaningful contribution to the economy and society at large.