Highlights of nursing at Nottingham
International opportunities; elective placement and ERASMUS funded European placement
Some placement choices and a placement exchange scheme
Tailor your learning with third year optional modules
Benefit from the option to study extra qualifications, ie the Dementia Certificate
Resilience based clinical supervision
- First year will be 37 weeks, allowing more time to enjoy the University experience with a longer summer holiday
- Wednesday afternoons are free for participation in sports and clubs, when not in practice
We are one of a small number of schools in the UK which score highly in both teaching and research. We were rated ‘Gold’ in the 2017 Teaching Exercise Framework, ranked 8th in the UK for our research power (2014 Research Exercise Framework), and our students are outstanding, regularly winning local and national awards such as the Student Nursing Times Awards ‘Student Nurse of the Year’.
Our BSc Adult Nursing course is aimed at those who are committed to providing excellence in care to adult patients. Students are expected to demonstrate the Chief Nursing Officer's six Cs of nursing, namely: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.
Giving you three full years in your chosen specialism, this course is designed to build the skills and knowledge needed for a modern nursing career. We offer a person-centred approach, offering holistic care for the individual and their family, and you will gain clinical experience in a challenging yet supportive environment.
Alongside the huge range of University support services, particular care has been given to develop a course that supports you to become a confident and independent learner. As such, the course has been specially developed to provide the wide-ranging, high-level skills you need; not just in terms of the physical work you will do, but also by sharpening your creativity, critical judgement and ability to lead.
The Division of Nursing sits within the School of Health Sciences, which is a research active school. All our teaching staff are experts in the field, with many having published key nursing textbooks or having national or international research profiles.
Update regarding new curriculum for 2018
We were intending to introduce a new curriculum based on new national educational standard being introduced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Unfortunately, we have been informed that these standards are now delayed so we are unable to commence the new curriculum in September 2018. We are however introducing a number of the promised aspects.
The majority of study takes place at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, where we have a clinical skills centre and drop-in facilities where students can practice in a simulated environment.
Students benefit from learning with manikins, allowing them to gain confidence before working with real patients, as well as allowing them to experience scenarios which they may not encounter frequently in practice; for example cardiac arrests or critical illness.
Students can also take advantage of the free HELM Open database, offering over 200 quality, peer-reviewed online learning and teaching resources.
Getting to our Nottingham campus is easy, with a wide range of transport links available, from the tram – with stops at both Queen's Medical Centre and University Park Campus – to a number of public bus services.
We are proud to have one of the most active students' unions at any UK university, with over 200 societies and sports clubs where you can have fun, gain new skills and meet like-minded people. Students can also join the Nursing and Midwifery Association (NMA) society, who host social activities, organise sporting events and provide welfare support.
I chose Nottingham because of the opportunities it provides to learn at world-renowned healthcare facilities, alongside staff that are specialists in their field. I have also participated in a number of extracurricular activities that underpin and enable me to use the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout my training.
- Jodi Shaw, BSc Nursing
Students will undertake six placements, lasting 4-10 weeks, plus an elective placement and a management placement. We ensure you will have a range of experiences including medical, surgical, acute care and community nursing. Placements are located within:
- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Nottingham City Care Partnership
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Local private or independent healthcare providers>
Private or independent healthcare providers include GP partners and private acute hospitals such as The Nuffield Trust, Spire Nottingham Hospital, BMI The Park Hospital, and Ramsey Health Care UK.
We believe it’s important for you to gain experience not only in the local area, but also further afield, and you will have the opportunity to study nursing overseas, or elsewhere in the UK. This means you will:
- See how different trusts operate, giving you a wider perspective of the healthcare sector
- Broaden your practice experience and clinical skills
- Better prepare yourself for a nursing career, understanding the challenges that both patients and healthcare professionals face at various stages
- Make connections for future job opportunities and learn which role is suitable for you
During placements, you will be supported by experienced clinical mentors and participate in student forums.
Placements have been absolutely fantastic and the teaching hospitals have been brilliant.
- NSS student feedback, 2016
During the second year of your course you will undertake a four-week elective placement.
Students arrange their own elective placement and can stay in the UK or have the potential to go anywhere in the world, provided the country is deemed safe to travel to and the student is able to fund their trip. Find out more about the elective placement in the 'International Opportunities' tab.
We welcome applications from individuals irrespective of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or background, as the diversity this brings to nursing reflects the population you will be caring for as a registered nurse. We are experienced in providing advice relevant to your needs as a mature nursing student through our personal tutor and University support systems.
Find out more about studying at Nottingham as a mature student on the mature students' website.
As a mature student I've had a lot of support and realised that there's a lot of people in the same boat as me - that don't live within the halls of residence at University, and that are around my age - so I've had a lot of peer support as well as the academic support.
- Gavin Hibberd-Smith
We will be offering up to a maximum of five places for international students. Please note that our international course fees include uniforms and placements.
It is highly beneficial for UK students to study with international students, as it broadens their outlook of nursing, allowing them to share experiences and differing practice techniques.
The University of Nottingham International College (TUNIC) opened in January 2017 offering international students foundation courses including a science foundation certificate and assistance to meet the entry requirements in English provided by Kaplan International Colleges. As of September 2017 this will include courses specifically tailored for nurse entry.
You will need to satisfy both the Kaplan and University entry requirements to obtain a place on this course. Successful completion of the foundation course, with the necessary progression requirements including maths and English, will be accepted as equivalent qualifications for entry onto one of the pre-registration BSc (Hons) Nursing courses.
Acceptance onto the nursing course is dependent on face to face interview, Certificate of Good Character, Occupational Health assessment and an IELTS of 7.5.
For more information, see the 'English language requirements' tab under 'Entry requirements'.
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