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We know that making decisions about where to study can be daunting, so here's some key facts about BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing and BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing to reassure you in your decisions.
You'll be employable
Our courses are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and there’s always a demand in the profession, both here in the UK and abroad. For the last three years’ surveys (2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015) at least 96 per cent of our Nursing graduates were in employment or further study only six months after graduation.*
*(Source: Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) surveys).
You'll be joining a course that students love
We're pleased to say our students are generally a happy bunch and we hope you’ll love your course as much as they have. As part of the 2016 National Student Survey our final-year Mental Health Nursing students agreed that our staff are enthusiastic about what they're teaching and that their contribution during placement as part of a clinical team was valued (96 per cent), and that our staff have made the subject interesting (90 per cent).
You can be recognised for your achievements
We are very proud of our nursing students, and love to see them shine. Since at least 2015, we’ve had students nominated and shortlisted in the ‘Student of the Year’ categories of the National Student Nursing Times Awards – which is fantastic! We’ve had winners in 2015 (Laura Fitzgerald for Mental Health nursing), and in 2016 for Adult nursing and Child nursing). The success continues this year with 10 nominations across several categories, including Tracy Boult, Sarah Brown, Mohamed Mohamed and Jean Tsiga (Student of the Year – Mental Health Nursing). Watch this space to see how our students do at the awards ceremony in April, and just imagine – this could be you!
You'll get hands on
The structure of our course means that you’ll spend 50% of your time on placement, and 50% at the university. The placements are in blocks allowing you to really embed into your work environment, and get the most out of the time you spend there. Our staff will provide sensitive preparation for your placements, through theory and simulations (virtual and live), giving you both the support to make difficult decisions in a safe environment; and encouraging problem-solving and decision-making skills in real-life nursing situations before you start your placement. We have links with NHS organisations offering community placements and placements at Assessment and Treatment units; private, independent and voluntary residential organisations, offering placements in 24 hour care for people with learning disabilities and other complex health needs, and also opportunities for placements in a forensic setting via our links with Rampton Hospital. You’ll also have clinical practice sessions on campus so its hands on all the way!
You'll access fab facilities
Our excellent facilities include our skills rooms such as two hospital wards with simulation mannequins that are ready to be your patient, an operating theatre, a laboratory, a home environment room (with a soft play type area that includes special lights and bubble machines) and an x-ray suite. We also have our SPACE room (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement) where you can practice procedures and use specific equipment to improve your practical skills. You can also access our Virtual Case Creator (VCC) and take part in serious online simulation games.
You’ll be taught by experts
Our staff are all registered health care professionals with a wide range of clinical experiences (both in the UK and abroad) and interests to really enhance your learning. We’re also the largest provider of qualified staff to the NHS for health and social care services in the region.