Student nurses take to the mountains

Posted on Monday 26th October 2015

Student nurses from the University of Bolton have been developing their team work and communication skills with Bolton Mountain Rescue.

The mountain rescue team, who are based at the North West Ambulance Service headquarters in Bolton, regularly respond to calls to help walkers, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers across moorland and open country. The team also support in urban emergencies – such as drivers trapped in motorway snowdrifts.

Bolton Mountain Rescue shared their experiences of the severe trauma and injuries they face in their role. This allowed an open discussion on how bad news is prepared so the students could relate it to their nursing practice. Example case studies included cases such as suicides with the rescue team giving deep insights into how they deal with such incidents from both a personal and team perspective.


The students then moved on to practical experience with a stretcher-based scenario – focusing on communication issues around safely transporting an injured patient.

Said Greg Bleakley, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to see what a patient can go through before they reach them in a hospital. Understanding how all health professionals work together, gives our students a greater holistic understanding of how they are part of the greater health care team.

‘We gained valuable insights into how the patient can be feeling and the fear, pain and loss of control they can experience.'