Politicians get a taste of University’s nurse training programme

Sighthill Q & A session ahead of election campaign

Date posted

19 February 2016


SCOTTISH Health Secretary Shona Robison and other leading politicians were at Sighthill today to see the first class training which Edinburgh Napier offers student nurses.

The Royal College of Nursing event also included a question and answer session in which the RCN board and students were able to quiz Robison, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Lib Dems leader Willie Rennie and Scottish Greens health spokeswoman Alison Johnstone.

Professor Tracy Humphrey, Dean of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, said:

“We welcome this opportunity for politicians and the Royal College of Nursing to come and visit Edinburgh Napier University.  As one of the largest providers of undergraduate nurse education in Scotland we are keen to showcase the quality of education we provide to student nurses to ensure that they are professional, compassionate and skilled when they graduate.  

“Our facilities to teach clinical skills provide a safe environment for our students to learn as patient safety is at the heart of what we do.  We are committed to working together to ensure that Scotland grows it reputation of excellence in nurse education and practice.” 

Last month, RCN Scotland launched its manifesto Nursing Scotland’s Future – Professional voices: practical solutions ahead of May’s elections to the Scottish Parliament.

RCN Scotland Board Chair and RCN Chair of Council, Michael Brown, said:

“This is an opportunity for Scotland’s politicians to see first-hand the kind of training that our future nurses go through. It is the knowledge, skills and dedication of these student nurses which will mean that patients across Scotland continue to receive excellent care well into the future.

“Our politicians keep saying that we should take the politics out of health, and to a certain degree that’s the challenge we’re throwing down. We want them to see the difference that they can make to the future of nursing in Scotland if they work as a team with us and the nurses in training today.”