Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton provides exciting, challenging opportunities to work with people, providing care across a range of diverse health and social care settings. It is a demanding vocation which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team.
This field of Nursing is a broad specialism, where the focus is caring for patients from young adults to older people and everyone in between! You will need to have an understanding of a range of conditions that affect adults and their families or carers. It is important that you are able to recognise how illness affects patients both physically and mentally. Adult graduate nurses also have future opportunities for employment in both the UK and abroad.
50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% in a variety of practice areas.
As you will be working in the field for 50% of your course, you will be required to demonstrate appropriate professional conduct at all times. Your placement experiences will include providing nursing care to some of societies most vulnerable people, the elderly, those who are physically ill or have a physical disability, learning disability and those who have perhaps been through some very challenging situations. 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. In addition we will expect you to conduct yourself in a highly professional manner and this will form part of our assessment of you in practice.
All adult students study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field (adult focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences. Your practice experiences will assist you in developing practical skills and professional awareness.
Your modules will also contain a range of key skills which are essential for lifelong learning, including numeracy (essential for medicines management), Information technology, communication and working with others, problem solving and how to improve your learning.
The course aims to help you prepare yourself to adapt to new roles and the environments you will be working in. You will continuously learn in order to develop your nursing knowledge and skills as the start of career progression. Theoretical material will reflect the requirements of the National Health Service and Social Care Services and the changing needs of today's population.
Practice experiences will build throughout the course and will include a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes community placements and the independent / voluntary care sector. There will be opportunities to learn with other fields of nursing and other health related disciplines. At the end of the third year you may opt to undertake a placement overseas.
By successfully achieving all components of the BNurs (Hons) Adult you will be entitled to register as a Nurse.
This course is approved by the internationally recognised Nursing and Midwifery Council. The course has been deemed to provide good learning experiences and outstanding placement learning opportunities. We work closely with our practice colleagues to provide relevant, interesting practice experiences for our students, and academic members of the team visit students whilst in practice areas to offer additional support.
Adult nursing is diverse and is primarily concerned with promoting health and nursing sick or injured adults back to health, or to help 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.
The focus of attention for the Registered Nurse is the patient and the family, understanding their condition and how this impacts. The mark of an adult nurse is the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate what is happening to a patient at any one time and to select the most effective response.
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.
Our students comment consistently that we are both friendly and offer high levels of support, whilst studying on our nursing courses.
Our graduates are open to a wide range of career opportunities in the UK as well as overseas. We offer additional skills to enhance employability such as Intermediate Life Support, venepuncture, ECG recording, male catheterisation and disengagement and de-escalation techniques.
International placement opportunities such as Spain, Finland and Norway, are available to some of our students.
You are currently entitled to a NHS means tested bursary and your course fees are currently paid by the NHS
BA (Hons) Adult Nursing
As a mature student, Tracie Jones had some concerns about returning to study – both about what her course would involve, and settling in with other students. However she quickly discovered a warm welcome at the University of Wolverhampton.
“I’d been to open days for other universities, but as soon as I visited Wolverhampton, I knew that this was the one for me, everyone seemed so friendly and helpful and the course content was just what I was looking for. As a (very!) mature student I wanted to feel welcome and not out of place with so many younger people. I needn’t have worried though – I now feel 21 again!”
“On a typical day I arrive at Uni for around 8.30am, grab a quick coffee and then head straight to the lecture theatre. A lecture can run from nine o’clock to midday with perhaps a 20 minute break at some point. These sessions can be lectured, interactive, problem based learning (PBL), inter-professional learning (IPL) or simulation in the skills lab; which involves being taught clinical skills such as manual blood pressure, assessing acutely ill patients, manual handling, basic life support etc.
“I usually grab a quick bite to eat and more coffee, then head off to another lecture from 1pm-4pm. We know in advance what the lecture is going to be about so can carry out pre-session work to help get us straight into the topic.”
All nursing courses at the University of Wolverhampton combine time in lectures with placements to develop students’ skills and confidence. Placements can be challenging, but as Tracie found out, they’re great for experiencing the day-to-day realities of nursing.
“Starting at 7am, I take hand-over from night staff, which highlights any new concerns of patients. Then it’s straight into the bays to say good morning to my patients, this is a perfect opportunity to be able to quickly assess each patient prior to breakfast. Then follows the real nursing jobs of personal care, skin assessments, weighing patients, taking regular observations and reporting any abnormalities to senior staff – or by the time you get to the 3rd year of the course you liaise and report straight to the doctor.
“You also have to assess any surgical wounds and drains, as well as ensuring that your patient is having regular drinks and documenting their patient notes. Also being involved with multi–disciplinary meetings (MDT) and doctors’ rounds, means you have very, very busy days but it’s extremely rewarding.”
“I’ve found the facilities and support offered by the University and my lecturersabsolutely first class. You have a personal tutor who follows your journey for the full three years and is always available to you for any guidance and support. From experience, the support network for dyslexia issues is again first class.
“What I love most about the University is that the whole environment is so bright and airy, learning resources are ample and everyone is so friendly.”
Tracie has some top tips for students considering Adult Nursing as their study choice, and for those that make it to Freshers’ Week.
“Attend open days, you’ll get to speak to staff and most importantly current students who will be able to tell you exactly what you want to hear. You will also get the chance to visit our skills labs, which are virtual wards and learn how to carry out basic life support – a brilliant experience.
“Prior to applying, research your subject! Keep an eye on current affairs eg. NHS news and the 6Cs (the six values that underpin Compassion in Practice: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment).
These kinds of things will more than likely come up in interview.
“Read the nursing journals – these will give you a real feel of what to expect once out in placement. Consider if you are going to live at home, how you will travel to placement especially when it is a very early start and on occasions a very late finish.
“Go to the Freshers’ Fair! You’ll be able to meet the guys from the Students’ Union and purchase a student card which gives you loads of discounts throughout the year – which helps make your bursary go further! There are also stalls advising on volunteering opportunities, groups and societies to get involved in.”
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 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 Registered Nurses (RN) can take additional qualifications enabling them to work in the community or district nursing, Health visiting or School Nursing. Adult trained RN’s often work in GP practices and Hospice settings. In Hospitals, Adult RN’s may work in wards, outpatient clinic or specialist areas such as Accident and Emergency or Intensive Care Units. Other opportunities might be as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Consultant, becoming a prison nurse or occupational health nurse. If you register as an Adult Nurse you may wish to go on to undertake Midwifery training or work abroad e.g. Australia, New Zealand or in EU Countries.
As a Registered Nurse you will:
The course has been awarded 10 commendations when it was validated and accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the University of Wolverhampton, through a partnership arrangement with local stakeholders, who have approved both our professional and academic awards.
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).
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.
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.
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.