Nursing students celebrate with an afternoon tea

Thursday, 23 June 2016

125 nursing afternoon tea

The bunting was out when Oxford Brookes nursing students enjoyed an afternoon tea last week (Thursday 16 June) as part of the University’s celebrations to mark 125 years of nurse education in Oxford.

Over 70 Brookes nursing students studying adult, children’s and mental health nursing, as well as staff, gathered at the University’s Marston Road site to enjoy tea, cake and a shared passion for nursing and excellence in patient care.

The tea was followed by an open lecture from Professor Alison Kitson, Dean of Nursing and Head of the School of Nursing, all the way from the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

Before joining the University of Adelaide, Professor Kitson had a long and successful career in executive leadership, education and research in the UK. Her contribution to nursing is recognised through having been awarded many prestigious awards; most recently she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2015.

The tea and the other celebrations, including Alison Kitson's presentation, remind me, as a current student, about the history of where nursing education at Brookes has come from, and why our role in caring and advocating for patients matters.

Student Christine Sennett, Oxford Brookes University

She gave a thought-provoking lecture to the students on compassionate care in healthcare systems.

Dr Liz Westcott, Head of the Department of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University said: “Professor Kitson’s lecture was a great addition to the afternoon tea event for our students. The whole afternoon was very enjoyable for all with a fun atmosphere. It was one of many great events we have held so far this year as part of our 125 years of nursing celebrations, and they have all been warmly received by students, staff and the local community which is wonderful.

“We are looking forward to next month’s Cowley Road Carnival. To mark our celebrations Brookes’ involvement will have a nursing and healthcare focus this year and we have some great things planned.”

Student Christine Sennett said: “I really enjoyed the afternoon tea as it was a great opportunity to have an informal get-together over interesting and fun conversations with students and staff to celebrate 125 years of nursing education at Brookes. The tea and the other celebrations, including Alison Kitson's presentation, remind me, as a current student, about the history of where nursing education at Brookes has come from, and why our role in caring and advocating for patients matters.”

The University's nursing celebrations during 2016 include a number of prestigious open lectures sponsored by Health Education England Thames Valley, social events and fundraising activities. The annual Civic Service in October held in Christchurch Cathedral will also be focused on nursing.

Find out more about upcoming events by visiting the Department of Nursing webpages.