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Pupils at Tong school had the chance to see how it feels donning a nurse’s tunic at an event on Monday (September 30th).

Staff from NHS Western Isles staff participated in the Developing Young Workforce event at Tong School and took mini-tunics, medical equipment and bandages along to give children a flavour of a day at work as a nurse.

The tunics are part of a national initiative to help tackle gender stereotypes and encourage children to think about nursing as a career. Future nurses had a go at listening to their own heartbeat and learning what kind of jobs are involved in nursing.

Tong School Head Teacher, Carol Ann Maclean, said: “We held a Developing the Young Workforce event to explore the world of work. All children from Nursery to Primary 7 were able to select careers or voluntary opportunities that they were interested in and find out about the different skills involved in that job.

“The children spent 20 minutes learning about a career before moving to another choice as a workshop format. It was a very successful event with over 30 partners involved! We look forward to hosting a similar event next year.”