LCC UHI Health Team Celebrate International Nurses Day

Dr Rachel Erskine & Sonja Clark reflect on International Nurses Day, the current covid19 pandemic and their teaching roles at LCC UHI

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Rachel and Sonja are both nurses who teach health courses at Lews Castle College UHI. Between them they have over 30 years clinical experience and nearly 30 years teaching experience!

Rachel is the programme leader MA Health & Wellbeing & Postgraduate Certificate Healthcare QI and Sonja teaches SCQF level 5 and SCQF level 6 Health, Social and Child Studies courses. Rachel has worked at Lews Castle College UHI since 1999 and Sonja since 2016. Rachel qualified as an Adult Nurse in 1995 and has worked in renal nursing, community nursing and latterly as a practice nurse and Sonja qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2000, and has worked in Acute Psychiatry, Health Visiting, as a Nurse Specialist in Youth Offending, as a Family Nurse Practitioner and latterly as a School Nurse. They both have urban and remote/rural nursing experiences too.

Reflecting on International Nurses Day on 12th May 2021 and the current covid19 pandemic and their teaching roles “As lecturers who teach in further education and higher education at Lews Castle College UHI we pride ourselves on our nursing backgrounds. Nurses work with individuals, families and communities across the life span and across all cultural backgrounds from those not born yet to those who are dying, with those individuals who are acutely unwell to those with long term conditions. Our nursing experiences have been invaluable to our careers as lecturers – the nursing skills we needed are also needed in our teaching. We need to be caring for our students, we need great communication skills, we need empathy for our students, we need attention to detail, we need our problem solving skills, we have a commitment to teaching and supporting our students and at times advocating on their behalf, we have a willingness to learn ourselves and teach others, we need to be able to think critically, and time manage and we definitely need stamina and a sense of humour!”

There is no doubt that since March 2020 at the start of the covid19 pandemic these skills have been required in education too and both Rachel and Sonja are proud to have done their part alongside their clinical colleagues in continuing to teach their students on their health courses.

Rachel won the 2020 HISA Best Personal Academic Tutor/ Best Learning Support Award.


International Nurses Day -

Nursing staff working through the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing. The world has seen first-hand the fundamental role nursing plays in patient safety. International Nurses Day showcases what it means to nurse and how our members have led patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explore case studies of incredible members and nurses at The Royal College of Nursing Website, join their event tonight (12th May) with RCN Fellows, and mark the day on social media by downloading the Nurses' Day ‘Twibbon’ and use the hashtag #NursesDay.