Adult Nursing - B740; Child Nursing - B730; Mental Health Nursing - B760
School of Health
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UCLan is one of the foremost providers of health and welfare education in the UK, committed to excellence in learning, teaching and research. But don't take our word for it. We been awarded the highest independent quality assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for the design, content and management of our curricula, student achievement and standards of teaching. As a result our students enjoy an outstanding track record of post-University employment.
Nurses make a difference to people's lives through their professionalism, knowledge and ability to 'reach' patients and families who are often experiencing profound change in their lives. We are one of the UK's leading providers of the skills and knowledge you'll need to take you from a student to becoming a Registered Nurse.
Nursing is the most rewarding of careers. Registered Nurses provide professional care for patients whether in hospital or the community. You'll work with young and elderly alike, some will have physical problems you can see, while others will have mental health problems that call for excellent listening skills as much as your clinical knowledge. You'll need to be open-minded and motivated to help patients understand themselves and their condition. Whether it's assisting a patient to overcome major surgery or helping someone with agoraphobia leave their house, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you've made a real difference to peoples' lives.
Nursing is open to all those who want to care for others. Your age, experience and qualifications will have their part to play in deciding how you wish to begin your nursing career. You'll soon realise you are entering a profession in which only you set the limits to your potential. The School of Health's commitment to excellence in teaching and research will ensure your nursing career gets off on the best possible foot.
The course is modular with a mix of academic study and 'hands on' placements with local healthcare providers. At the outset you'll select one of three branches to study: adult, mental health or child. Your selection will be our main course of study with taster sessions in the other branches.
During the first year all students undertake a Foundation Year. This is designed to equip you with the fundamentals of nursing knowledge and skills including communication, and personal management skills you'll need to be an effective and culturally sensitive member of the patient care team. During the second and third years of your training you'll specialise in your chosen field:
Adult nursing is focused on the care of people from the age of 18 years and above. As a nurse specialising in adult care, you can deliver care to people who need immediate help and support in hospitals or community settings; or assist people to recover and manage an illness they will have to live with for the rest of their life. Promoting good health and educating people to care for themselves, or members of their family or community, is a key focus for adult nurses, whether their patients are in hospital or care homes or being nursed at home.
Children's nursing is a family affair and happens in many different places. One day you could be nursing new-born babies in hospital, supporting the parents as they learn to care for their sick baby. Another day you could be supporting an adolescent prior to an appendix operation, or performing a procedure in the home of a child with complex care needs, or supporting a young person with emotional difficulties in a clinic situation. In all cases the child, young person and their families will feel vulnerable and be experiencing anxiety, a loss of control and even frustration. It will be your job to work with children and families to answer questions and gain their confidence in your clinical abilities and patient care plan. As a children's nurse you will also need to negotiate and share your nursing skills with the family who, in many cases, will continue nursing their child at home. Giving them the confidence and ability to fulfil this caring role calls for patience, tact and sensitivity to the family's situation and cultural background.
Mental Health Nursing
One in four people will experience mental health issues during their lives. Depression, anxiety and stress are common experiences. For the majority, mental health issues are temporary phenomena, while some people will experience more serious and long-term mental illness. As a mental health nurse you'll help people to work towards recovery with the aim of living fulfilling lives in society. Mental health nursing is at the forefront of the move into the community as the setting for care and treatment. Nurses work in people's homes, specialist clinics, GP practices and prisons, as well as hospital wards and care homes. Working in multi-disciplinary teams with psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists and occupational therapists you will support and care for children, adolescents, working age and older adults. Nurses working in mental health have some of the highest levels of job satisfaction.
120 credits at Level 4
All students will study together but be allocated to a Home Group that relates to your chosen Branch
120 credits at Level 5
Mental Health Nursing:
120 credits at Level 6
Management and Leadership: Preparation for Professional Registration
Mental Health Nursing:
UCLan's virtual learning environment enables students to interact with lecturers and one another via digital technology, one of the largest systems in Europe, which has a capacity for 50,000 users.
These facilities are complemented by UCLan libraries at NHS Trusts in Blackpool, Burnley, Blackburn, Chorley, Ormskirk, and Wigan. In addition we can arrange for placements at other sites within the NHS, independent, social services and voluntary sectors. During your nursing course you could also have the chance to choose a placement abroad in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.
Both theory and practice will be assessed throughout the course using essays, reports, examinations and observation of practice. The course encourages self-motivation and the adoption of a self-directed approach to the management of your nursing studies.
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Opportunities exist for students on these courses to have an international experience by taking advantage of the University's extensive links in Europe and overseas. A number of students have also taken advantage of the Erasmus scheme, as well as other voluntary international experiences in America, Oman and Finland.
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Part-time structures are available on request.
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.Prospective full-time students should apply via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on-line at: www.ucas.com and click on 'Apply'.
If your place is to be funded by the NHS, you may be eligible for an NHS Bursary even if you have already had public funding for higher education. If you have previously had an NHS Bursary and wish to switch professions, you may also be eligible.
NHS Bursaries are not intended for:
Registered first level nurses seeking a second registration in nursing;
For example: if you are a qualified adult nurse and you are seeking to complete a branch programme in mental health nursing you would not be entitled to a Bursary, but you could approach your employer to see if they are prepared to fund the training.
If you did your nurse training before the Diploma in Higher Education became the minimum qualification to register as a first level nurse then you can apply to do the three year training programme and may be eligible for the appropriate NHS Bursary including tuition fees.
UCAS Code: Adult Nursing - B740; Child Nursing - B730; Mental Health Nursing - B760
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University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom