I always look forward to the start of a new module and the Introduction to Mental Health Nursing is a module that I particularly enjoy. First year mental health student nurses embark on this module towards the end of their first year having completed the first two modules with peers from the adult and children and young peoples nursing programmes.
The last time the module ran I encouraged students to engage on line with a “blog” in which the students could share thoughts, ideas and to ask questions – this was used by some students. This time I have continued with the blog option but have also added twitter to see if this encouraged engagement. Again this has been used by some students but not all.
On reflection I suppose the materials are all there and the students are accessing the site, and are actively engaging in classroom discussions. These classroom discussions are extremely useful and are a great way of checking out understanding but also of developing knowledge and skills, vital attributes for nurses!
This last week has been mental health awareness week with a particular emphasis on physical exercise (which it is claimed boosts your mood). Having been an active cyclist for many years I cycle to work as often as possible and have recently started running, although rather slowly. I recently ran the Clumber Park 10K which I thoroughly enjoyed, a great event for anyone wishing to run at their own pace in a beautiful part of the Country.
Finally, I was extremely proud to receive an award for Best Personal Tutor (for the second consecutive year). These annual awards are run through the Salford Students Union and they encourage students to nominate academic and support staff for various awards. The Union is extremely active within the University and it is a great honour to be recognised for something that I see as part of my everyday work.