WHAT IS AN ADULT NURSE?
Adult nurses are primarily concerned with nursing sick and injured adults back to health in both hospital and in community settings. The focus of attention for an adult nurse is understanding not only the condition from which the patient may be suffering, but recognising the needs and anxieties which may exist - including the pressures on family life and friends. They also focus on maintaining dignity, particularly when caring for vulnerable people such as older adults and those nearing the end of their life.The mark of the professional is the ability to observe and assess what is happening with a patient at any one time and to select the most effective response.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
Our Adult Nursing course adopts a person centred approach to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and effective nursing care . It will enable you, if successful, to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a registered Adult Nurse in a range of diverse health and social care settings. As a student on this course, the experience you gain will allow you to pursue a range of pathways, in addition you will also have exposure to patients from other areas including mental health and learning disability, as well as children’s nursing. The opportunities you have coming into nursing are vast: working clinically, becoming a manager, working in a research environment, working abroad and in education.
Nursing 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.
We have strong partnerships with our clinical practice partners.
INTAKES: September and January
WHERE: Wolverhampton, Walsall or Burton Campus *Please note there is no student accommodation at Burton campus
50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% in a variety of practice areas.
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.
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.
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.
There are a range of different assessments on this degree. 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.
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.
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.
Placements will be undertaken with one of five NHS Trusts; The Royal Wolverhampton Trust, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, most recently Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, or in private health organisations.
Student accommodation is available at Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford Campus. Find out more
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.
Want to find out more...why not attend one of our Open Days, where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities. We have Open days taking place at our Wolverhampton Campus and Walsall Campus. Live in or around the Burton area? Did you know we offer Adult Nursing and Childrens Nursing (Year 1) at our Burton Campus. Visit our Open Day at our Burton Campus to find out more.
The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures
"I have a lot of happy memories however it is joint between receiving the news I had been offered a place on my chosen course and successfully passing my first year! I am most proud that I will become a part of a profession that tirelessly work to provide care to the sick, advocate for the vulnerable and comfort those in pain. I would definitely recommend this course, it is challenging but so rewarding. The support available is great; I know that when I am struggling support will always be available, whether it be in university or out on placement."
Charlotte Hawes, BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing
“I chose the University of Wolverhampton due to the location of the university campus and NHS trust. Having worked in health care for the last few years I knew this was the profession for me. It was so rewarding knowing I was following in my parents footsteps. I would strongly advise applicants to visit the university on open days, to gain good knowledge and understanding of the course you are interested in. After graduating I plan to qualify as an Emergency Nurse at the local A&E and I also would like to further develop my career by completing either the Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Emergency Care Practitioner."
Dan Smith, BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing
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 field).
GCSEs at grade C+ /4 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.
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire and General Practitioner Form prior to starting the course; vaccinations will also need to be up-to-date.
Please note we will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education
Read further information regarding interview preparation
During the Nursing course you will be required to attend placements, when you are asked for your choice of placement area we will endeavour to meet your request however we must emphasise that this cannot be guaranteed and therefore you must ensure you are able to travel to the final placement area you are allocated.
This course is not available at present to international applicants.
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The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.
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