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FNF Students Day 2024

Every year we hold FNF Students Day, bringing together nursing and midwifery students for an event packed full of networking and learning. Our Students Day is a unique opportunity for student nurses and midwives from across the UK to meet with peers and established leaders, learn from our leadership programmes, participate in debates, and celebrate our professions. Find out more about what’s happening at this year’s event, taking place on 15 May, the same day as the Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service.

Over 100 students will spend the day networking with peers and quizzing established nursing and midwifery leaders. There will be two workshops aiming to help students learn more about authentic leadership, then a chance to hear from a panel of early career nurses and midwives in a ‘Success is closer than you think’ session, and from established midwifery and nursing leaders in a ‘Shining a light on diverse pathways’ session.

“We are delighted to be bringing together over 100 nursing and midwifery students from around the UK at our 2024 FNF Students Day. Students represent the future of the professions. Hearing their experiences, celebrating their achievements and investing in their leadership development are all essential to ensuring we have a safe and effective healthcare system. At FNF we work with nurses and midwives across their whole career journey, I can’t wait to meet the students who are just starting out on theirs .” Jess Sainsbury, Head of Nursing and Midwifery Engagement at FNF

Student Co-Chairs

This year, we are excited to announce that, for the first time, we will have two Co-Chairs of the event who are themselves students:

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Aghogho Wanogho is a nursing student at Kings College London University and Co-Chair of the 2024 FNF Students Day.

“In 2019, I began my nursing journey after the loss of a beloved family member to cancer. The exceptional care provided by St Christopher’s Hospice deeply influenced me, motivating my decision to pursue nursing to make a positive impact on others’ lives. As a student nurse soon transitioning to a newly qualified nurse, I am dedicated to supporting and advocating for students’ education and well-being. Through social media, I share my experiences through social media to inspire and empower fellow student nurses. Recently, I shared insights on improving clinical placement experiences in an article for the British Journal of Nursing, aiming to contribute to the development of compassionate and skilled healthcare professionals.

I wanted to be a co-chair because I believe in the power of collaboration and the impact we can make together. I am passionate about supporting and advocating for students, being co-chair of a student nurse day provides me with a platform to make a positive impact and contribute to the success and well-being of student nurses. I am looking forward to the opportunity to network with nursing leaders and fellow healthcare students, using this opportunity to participate in discussions concerning students and advocate for and represent the voice of student nurses.”

Natasha Evans is a nursing student at The University of Winchester and Co-Chair of the 2024 FNF Students Day.

“Being a student nurse has been about so much more than clinical practice for me. Over the past three years, I’ve come to understand the importance of paving the way for sustainable, long-lasting change for the future workforce – even though, with three months left to go before I qualify, I’m unlikely to benefit from my own endeavours. The Florence Nightingale Foundation has continually given me a platform to do this, and I’m endlessly grateful for the support and opportunities I’ve been afforded to bring to light some of the realities of the student experience.

Having attended student’s day last year, I’m so excited for the opportunity to co-chair the event before my own student journey comes to an end. It feels like the perfect way to round off my experience and celebrate this special day with the community that has got me to the finish line. It’s a privilege to be asked to represent student nurses on such a prestigious occasion, and I hope to do FNF proud one last time.”

Joining the Westminster Abbey Procession

Students Day takes place on the same day as the annual Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service. After attending the Students Day event, the students then attend the service in Westminster Abbey that same day. Here they will join nursing and midwifery leaders from across the four nations of the United Kingdom, along with some global representatives. Student nurses and midwives also form part of the procession who walk the lamp up to the front of Westminster Abbey. This signifies the transfer of nursing and midwifery knowledge to future nurses and midwives.  

FNF Academy Membership for Students

Students Day attendees are mainly students from our HEI Academy Member organisations. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch here.

Students Day Supporters

The 2024 FNF Students Day is sponsored by The University of Chichester and University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.

“This event provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the tenacity and determination of Florence Nightingale in promoting the true value and importance of nursing in society. The desire to promote nursing remains today, particularly as we encourage those who wish to join the profession.  The University of Chichester in partnership with University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to be supporting the FNF Students Day this year, in recognition of the inaugural School of Nursing and Allied Health at Chichester University which began in 2021 in close partnership with University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust and other local partners across Sussex and Hampshire. 2024 marks our graduation of our first ‘pioneer’ Chichester students cohort, as such it is a proud moment for all those involved in their journey to becoming Registered Nurses. Students from across our Nursing and Nursing Associates cohorts are benefitting from attending the specially curated Students Day and will continue to promote the profession across West Sussex.” Dr Nita Muir, Head of School of Nursing and Allied Health at Chichester University and Tricia Rigby, Head of Nursing for Practice Development and Education

Find out more about our work with student and early career nurses and midwives here, and our new Early Career Subject Expert Group here. 

You can also follow us on socials @FNightingaleF and @FNFEarlyCareers and use the hashtag #FNFStudents #FNFEarlyCareers. On Students Day we’ll be having a student takeover of our X and Instagram Early Career accounts – so follow them to find out more.