The video above explains a little about the ethos of the society and why it was set up, read on below to find out more about our history…
Hull University Nursing Society was started by our first President, Sam Kitchen, in the year 2020, a notable year for many reasons including as the International Year of The Nurse, but will probably famously be remembered as the year the world became affected by COVID-19.
Sam had learned the value of having an interdisciplinary community of support from nursing students through a WhatsApp group that had formed of students from all years and disciplines who championed #AllOurHealth, a framework ‘aimed at preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing’. All Nursing students had commenced a programme of online learning due to the circumstances of COVID-19, so conversations through WhatsApp became key to students’ learning and wellbeing.
Once the idea for starting a society had been sparked, Sam began conversations with both the Students’ Union and Nursing staff at the University, along with asking peers from the #AllOurHealth for support to do this. Laura, Naomi, Phillipa, Rhianna and Sam formed the committee that got the society started.
An application to start a new society was submitted to Hull University Students’ Union which involved writing a Society Development Plan, establishing a President, Secretary and Treasurer and seeking interest from at least 10 members. On 6 July 2020, the committee were notified that the society application has been approved by the Societies Executive Committee to become an official Hull University Students Union Society.
The Hull University Nursing Society committee began to form plans and ideas through conversations on WhatsApp, meetings through Zoom and eventually, a meeting in person in the Treasurer’s garden (social distancing applied at all times, of course). The society began to grow, with a Facebook group setup to see the appetite for a Nursing Society expand to over 350 members within one month, without much advertisement.
The committee soon realised there would be a need for more members of the committee to help run the society. By the time of celebrating the society being one month old, the committee had become a team of 9, now joined by Chantelle, Ellis, Mandi and Emma. With tremendous support from Hull University Students’ Union and the Nursing staff at the University of Hull, the society has continued to evolve to meet the wants and needs of student nurses from all fields and programmes, and we’ve seen a few committee members leave, a few switch roles and a few new ones come on board!
Towards the end of the 2020/2021 academic year, the Nursing Society was recognised on both a local and national level for our work as a committee, being nominated by the HUSU for Committee Excellence by the National Awards of Societies and Volunteering. We’re very pleased to say we got runner up!
We have also won multiple awards from HUSU for the 2020/2021 academic year, namely Society of the Year, Academic Society of the Year and Best New Society.
Since the society began just over a year ago, we have become one of the largest societies at the University of Hull, with 140+ members in our first year, and 74 members for the academic year beginning September 2021.
Now that restrictions are lifting and we’re able to do even more than last year, we can’t wait to see what we can achieve! Watch this space!
If you’d like to read more about our current committee, head over here.