Children in an Aberdeen community are the first to take part in a new project designed to challenge the perception of nurses.
Youngsters from Braehead Primary School in Bridge of Don were the first to wear new child-sized versions of the national NHS nursing uniform – the first time they have been produced in Scotland.
The small tunics were supplied by the firm Dimensions Clothing, backed by the NHS National Services Scotland National Procurement.
The initiative was spearheaded by Colin McNulty, senior nurse manager at NHS Grampian, who wants to change people’s perception of what a nurse looks like.
He said: “I heard something about the number of men going into nursing and I’ve got a young daughter and I realised what young children see is the nurses in white uniforms and hats with a red badge.
“That’s not really what modern nursing is and it’s not what modern nurses look like.
“I was passionate about pushing forward a project with the school about changing the perceptions for young people.
“We’d like to encourage more men to come into the profession, and part of the career decisions we make when we’re older are based on perceptions we’ve got from a young age.
“Nursing is a modern, progressive career with huge amounts of opportunity.
“It needs men as much as it needs women to look after people and do that job,” he added.
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Resources have been developed for the children in partnership with Braehead Primary School head teacher Diane Duncan.
They include videos based on what children are most likely to go to the emergency department for, such as a high temperature, sore stomachs, and limb and head injuries.
Diane said: “It gives them a more accurate view of what nursing is like and to try to promote it as a future career.
“It’s been excellent for us and it targets so many areas of the curriculum for excellence.”
The scheme has been rolled out at all of seven primary schools in Bridge of Don, and a further seven schools in Edinburgh.