Would you like to return to practice?
(Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disability, GPN (Practice Nurse)
Please note the Return to Nursing for GPN nurses only runs from January once a year. All other pathways run three times a year.
This course enables previously registered practitioners, who have been out of practice, to fulfil current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements and return to the appropriate part of the register, ready to enter clinical practice as a safe and competent practitioner. The return to nursing practice course is available at degree level (Level 6) and students are encouraged to develop skills in life-long learning as required by the Post registration Education and Practice standards.
You can access further infomation from our webpage, where you can downlaod and read the applicant information sheet before applying.
Please come to one of our Open Days if you wish to discuss the course further or contact the course leader:
Institute of Health
Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing
University of Wolverhampton
Tel. 01902 518919
The course can be completed over 6 to 12 months. This is dependent on individual applicants.
What can Return to Practice Students do/not do?
Return to Practice Students may undertake a full range of activities under the supervision of their mentor like a 3rd year student nurse. The mentor takes professional responsibility for them in the same way as they do for other student nurses. The important thing is that the Return to Practice student is achieving their proficiencies and that supernumerary status is respected.
Can Return to Nursing Practice Students administer drugs and injections or put I.V.I.s?
Return to Practice Nursing Students should not be expected to take responsibility for administration of medicines. However they may administer medicines under supervision. Return to Practice nursing students cannot undertake expanded roles.
What study days, hours and shifts do Return to Practice Students Work?
Initially you will spend 12 days over the first 12 weeks in the classroom/ skills labs at the University of Wolverhampton Walsall Campus. Then you will commence an appropriate clinical placement. The number of clinical hours you are required to complete will depend on how long you have been out of practice. If you are not achieving the required proficiencies you will by negotiation, spend further time in practice. You will be expected to work a minimum of 2 shifts per week and adopt the shift patterns undertaken within the clinical placement area. Some placement areas work 12 hour shifts (long days) some work 7.5 hour shifts incorporating Early and Late shifts. You are required to be there for handover. You are not required to work night shifts.
Who can the Return to Practice Student work with?
Ideally as a Return to Practice student you will work as many hours as possible with the designated sign off Mentor (at least 40%). If for any reason this is not possible, an associate mentor should be identified to supervise you. Completion of the document is the responsibility of the designated sign off mentor in liaison with the associate mentor.
Who do I contact if I need advice about the Return to Nursing Practice Course?
The course leader Caroline Lowe, can be contacted for further information or you can choose to drop in to one of our Open Days.
The vast majority of the students who complete the course successfully find employment as a Registered Nurse having regained confidence, ensuring their practice is up to date and their knowledge is evidence based.
Following the Return to Practice course some students choose to continue with part-time studies at University in order to enhance their careers even further.
By the end of the course, including your directed and self directed study, you should be able to:
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course has 20 credits attached.
Health Education West Midlands are providing funding for the course until January 2019, as well as a £500 financial contribution for all students to cover travel / childcare & study costs.