Studying nursing at the University of Wolverhampton will provide you with challenging opportunities across a range of diverse health and social care settings, allowing you to develop the skills to make a difference in people’s lives.
Adult nursing is diverse and primarily concerned with promoting health and nursing sick or injured adults back to health, or helping them to adjust to their condition in both hospital and community settings. Adult nursing also focuses on maintaining dignity, particularly when caring for vulnerable people such as older adults and those nearing the end of their life.
Nursing is a demanding vocation, which rewards your hard work by enabling you to make a contribution to the lives of your patients, service users and their families.
As a student on this course, the experience you gain will allow you to pursue a range of pathways. The opportunities you have coming into nursing are vast: working clinically, becoming a manager, working in a research environment, working abroad and in education.
Among the skills you’ll learn are the ability to problem solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team.
As an adult nurse, you will have exposure to patients from other areas including mental health and learning disability, as well as children’s nursing.
We have strong partnerships with our clinical practice partners.
This is a full-time course. You will be expected to be in attendance Monday to Friday. The teaching day is 9am to 9pm; what this means is you could start sessions at 9am and go on until late afternoon, or alternatively you might begin at lunchtime and continue on until 9pm (with breaks).
Class sizes depend on the requirements of the class. You will experience lectures with around 200 other student nurses, but for most modules students are broken into smaller groups, sometimes with students from other fields of nursing. For practical work, you may be working in groups of about 8.
50% of your course with be situated in the University and 50% in a variety of practice areas. Placements include providing nursing care to some of society’s most vulnerable people including the elderly and those who are physically ill or have a physical or learning disability. In order to ensure all the people you care for are protected and kept safe, you will be expected to abide by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance for student nurses.
You will study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field (adult-focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences. As you move through the course, the course content becomes less generic and more specific to adult nursing.
A lot of what you’ll do on the course is based in the skills labs, which gives you the opportunity to test out your skills in a safe environment. We work very closely with service users, people who have had experiences themselves and want to make a difference to what you, our student nurses, experience. They inform the course content and are involved in its delivery – for example, you may take the blood pressure of a service user in the skills lab setting.
As a student nurse, you are required to work shifts, including weekends and bank holidays. Shifts can be in the day or at night to ensure you gain experience of the different types of care patients receive at different times of day.
During your placements, you will gain an appreciation for the entire patient journey within a hospital. For example, a placement on a medical ward could involve some time working with the District Nurse, you may spend time at a diabetes clinic, or in Imaging and Ultrasound. As only a small percentage of people who visit hospitals end up in a bed on a ward, it is important for you to gain an appreciation for the other areas of the patient journey so you can contextualise care.
A module that evaluates well with students is one that looks at contemporary issues in nursing, such as the national shortages of nurses, health tourism, how the migrant crisis affects nursing in the UK, and the implications if a hospital is put in to Special Measures. This culminates in a Question Time-style debate with invited experts including Directors of Nursing.
Placements will be undertaken with one of five NHS Trusts; Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham or Burton-upon-Trent.
There are a range of different assessments on the BNurs. In the first year of the course, you will complete an online examination, a written piece based on a case study, a critique on a research article, and a group assessment – testing your teamwork and collaboration skills.
You will be taught in our new state-of-the-art skills facility in Millennium City Building. The new skills labs have an immersive simulation suite, meaning we can change the environment without moving the students – so we can recreate a road traffic accident, simulate someone who is having an acute mental health crisis, or produce an imitation intensive care unit. Through these simulations, you will get a sense of the environment you may end up in in clinical practice and apply appropriate responses.
You will gain hands-on experiences in a variety of hospital, community and excellent nursing/residential homes, where you work alongside a range of healthcare and other professionals. You will experience opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning across all nursing pathways and with midwifery, social work and social care.
When you apply to Wolverhampton, we provide you with a list of all of our placement providers. You then get to select a first and second choice as to where you would like to spend your time in practice. Students always evaluate this well as it means you get to know your local Trust – the Trust gets to grow their own workforce, and you as the student have a greater chance of earning a job at the end of your course.
You may apply your new skills during an international placement opportunity, in countries such as Spain, Finland and Norway.
Who will teach you on this course?
All of the staff that teach you on this course are Registered Nurses. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, which draws on a wealth of different experiences including: A&E, critical care, community care, specialist cancer care, and experience as Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Ward Managers.
“I’d only ever cared for family, so working within a hospital was a big learning curve. When you become part of the NHS workforce, you become part of a huge family where the help and support from your mentors, tutors and work colleagues is amazing. My personal tutor Sarah Gaytten… was a godsend, giving me the support I needed to get through my assignments and placement and to graduate from my second year of university. I am proud to say, I am now in my third year and loving my life and potential future. I am proof that you are never too old or too restricted to achieve something that you really want in life, and in ten months’ time, I will be determined to wear those blues with pride.”
Ken Chilton, BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing
Read more about Ken’s inspirational journey as a student nurse.
Once you have gained your BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing then this will open up the prospect of many jobs in clinical practice, hospital or community settings, research, teaching or managerial roles. Registered Nurses (RN) continue to study after they have qualified, often in a specialist area, as they develop their career path. Adult Nurses often comment that this qualification has ‘opened doors’ to exciting career opportunities in healthcare.
With experience, as an RN you can take additional qualifications enabling you to work in the community or district nursing, health visiting or school nursing. Adult trained RNs often work in GP practices and hospice settings. In hospitals, adult RNs may work in wards, outpatient clinics or specialist areas such as Accident and Emergency or Intensive Care Units.
You may also take the opportunity to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or nurse consultant. If you register as an Adult Nurse, you may wish to undertake midwifery training or work abroad in Australia, New Zealand or EU Countries.
As a Registered Nurse you will:
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (adult).
GCSEs at grade C or above in an English-based subject and Maths or equivalent qualifications (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).
Year 2 entry
Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.
Read further information regarding interview preparation
Please note only students meeting the eligibility criteria for an NHS bursary can be accepted on this course. Please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students for further information relating to residency and eligibility criteria.
2016/7 Entry Funding Information
The funding information for the BNurs (Hons) Nursing and BSc (Hons) Midwifery courses is summarised as follows:
Students apply for their Bursary, Grant and additional allowances (dependants allowance and childcare grant) through the NHS Student Grants Unit at http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students but must apply for their Student Loan at http://www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance.
2017/8 Funding Information
The Government is proposing a change to funding for courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects which, if accepted, will take effect from August 2017.
This means that students offered a place on a course commencing after this date will no longer receive an NHS bursary. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. The present suggestion is that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree may also be able to access student loans and that the change will only affect new students starting their courses from 1 August 2017. There will be a consultation in early 2016 and more information will be available following this.
Should you wish to discuss this further please contact our staff in Gateway via Gateway@wlv.ac.uk or telephone (01902) 321032 and they can offer further advice and guidance.