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Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed.
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The educational level necessary for contemporary nursing begins at graduate level due to the academic skills required for practice; graduate skills support nurses with critical thinking, reflective practice, higher level complex decision making and leadership to care for and take responsibility for caseloads of patients, for designing and for evaluating practice and co-ordinating care; the adult nursing degree course's curriculum is values based ensuring that students adopt approaches to care which are grounded in an appreciation for the human experience; research skills and evidence based practice underpin the programme; your teaching is guided by research taking place in the faculty to give students the best informed start in a future career, enabling learners to make complex decisions, evaluate practice, co-ordinate care and advocate for patients' needs; developing leadership skills starts at the beginning of the programme and continues throughout; these skills equips students to lead delegate supervise and challenge practice; practice experience makes up half the adult nursing course programme.
Year 1: Foundations in health sciences; applied health sciences; foundations in nursing practice; principles of nursing practice; practice experience 1; practice experience 2. Year 2: Acute care needs; long term conditions and care; end of life and palliative care; partnerships in health and social care practice experience 3; practice experience 4. Year 3: Complex care; leadership and management; research; practice experience 5; practice experience 6.
How you'll spend your time
Lectures / seminars
How you'll be assessed
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (adult) More info
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Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni.
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?
% employed or in further studyHIGH99%
Graduates who are nursing and midwifery professionals
Graduates who are caring personal services
Graduates who are health associate professionals
Employment prospects for graduates of this subject
This is the subject with the most degree graduates in 2012 - over 14,300. We'll always need nurses in this country, so it's no surprise to see that the very large majority of nursing graduates go on to become nurses, and that starting salaries are pretty competitive. There are lots of different specialties to choose from (including midwifery), and the most common by far is adult nursing, but the typical end result for graduates is the same – they go on to become nurses (or midwives). That’s not to say that you can’t do anything else. Some nursing graduates get other jobs - usually, but not always, in health or caring professions, or management.
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