UCAS code : B740 Adult Nursing; B760 Mental Health Nursing
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If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career, nursing could be for you.
The University of the Highlands and Islands offers you the opportunity to undertake a nursing degree in the Highlands or Western Isles of Scotland leading to professional registration as an Adult or Mental Health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Our BSc in Nursing Programme is an innovative programme that combines the best of teaching, technology, simulation and practice experience to prepare you for an exciting career in nursing. You will be able to experience nursing care in different hospital and community settings and to study at our Department of Nursing in Inverness (Adult and Mental Health Nursing) or Stornoway (Adult Nursing only). Our students will also have the opportunity to undertake international exchanges.
Your programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to gain entry to the Nursing Midwifery Council as a registered nurse. The primary purpose of the NMC is protection of the public. It does this through maintaining a register of all qualified nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practise within the UK and by setting national standards for their education, training and conduct.
The aim of the programme is to support your development into a confident, and competent nurse who can provide effective compassionate care in a range of care settings. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of critical reading, appreciation and analysis, numeracy and literacy.
For more information come and see us at our open days.
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
This programme is aimed at school or college leavers and mature entrants who have the desire and aptitude to care for patients, carers and their families.
Minimum entry requirements are not subject specific:
Additional desired requirements:
Recognised European or international equivalent qualifications are considered. If English is not your first language you must have evidence of your English language skills:
Qualifications over 5 years old are considered on an individual basis.
As part of the recruitment process, selected applicants will be invited to a compulsory interview day which is designed specifically for entrants to nursing. Full guidelines will be provided in advance of the interview day including required preparation for the event. It will be helpful for you at that stage to be familiar with the Nursing and Midwifery Code.
All successful applicants are subject to a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check. This will show all spent and unspent criminal convictions. Previous criminal convictions need not exclude you, but all convictions must be declared on your application.
All successful applicants must be passed fit by Occupational Health. This will require a questionnaire and also a personal visit to the Occupational Health Department in addition to and on a separate occasion to the interview day.
Relevant access course eg:
Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP):
There are two programmes available - Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing. In the first year all students complete the same modules:
Modules for both degrees are:
Adult nursing students will also study:
Modules for mental health nursing also include:
Modules for both degrees are:
For adult nursing you will also study:
Mental health nursing also includes:
You will study the theoretical basis of nursing practice plus behavioural, social and biological sciences applied to health. Emphasis is placed on the importance of competence in clinical nursing practice combined with in-depth knowledge and evidence-based decision making skills
We aim for excellence in teaching and learning. The programme uses a range of teaching and learning experiences including lectures, small group work, skills, simulation lab and oral presentations. Theory and research-based practice are integrated in the classroom and the clinical setting. Student-centred learning is central to our core education philosophy and our teaching methods encourage and support self-development and professional and personal awareness through reflection on experience. You will be assessed by a range of methods including examinations, essays, reports, presentations, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice.
The practice element of our course is afforded equal status to the theoretical work and practical placements are undertaken in a range of placement settings across NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles. During clinical practice students are supernumerary (not counted as part of the workforce numbers), although they are expected to participate in all appropriate levels of care delivery, and are mentored by an experienced nurse registrant who is also a registered mentor. Throughout the program students will learn what it is like to work within the NHS and with integrated care teams, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the multi-professional healthcare team.
This is a full-time programme which consists of 50% theory and 50% clinical practice. During clinical practice allocations it is expected that all students will undertake an average of 37.5 hours of prescribed clinical practice each week. Students are required to experience a variety of shift patterns which may include night shifts, 12 hour shifts and weekend shifts; these shift patterns may be undertaken within a system which provides 24 hour 7 day a week care.
Our campuses in Inverness and Stornoway provide students with one of the most unique and picturesque settings to gain a degree in the UK. The Department of Nursing is based at the Centre for Health Science near Raigmore Hospital, in Inverness and the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Nursing students undertake the adult nursing degree in Inverness and Stornoway and mental health nursing degree in Inverness.
The Centre for Health Science is home to world leading healthcare research. Our academics at both campus sites are recognised for excellence in teaching and learning and their work is internationally recognised for being innovative and ground breaking. We provide a supportive and friendly environment to learn and develop professional nursing skills. Simulation labs help to facilitate state-of-the-art skill teaching. The Centre for Health Science library and Western Isles Hospital library provide access to the most current and up-to-date resources.
Student normally residing in Scotland or European Union/EEA excluding the rest of the UK:
Currently, Scottish/EU students who meet the residency criteria and have not previously studied nursing (or midwifery) will have the full cost of their tuition fees covered. If you are not sure of your residency eligibility you should contact the Students Awards Agency for Scotland.
Self-funding Scottish/EU students will pay £1820 per year.
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply :
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£6,750||£7,000|
Students from the rest of the UK can apply for tuition fee and living cost loan from their home funding body.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£11,550||£12,200|
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding international undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
Scottish students who meet the residence criteria may be eligible for the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary, a non-repayable, non-income assessed bursary. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be able to apply for additional allowances. Further details are available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
Authorised clinical placement expenses for accommodation and travel are reimbursed on receipt.
Students from the rest of the UK should apply to their home funding body for living cost loans.
The majority of nursing graduates entering employment find roles within the NHS, the public sector, as well as with private healthcare providers and the voluntary sector. Following successful completion of your programme you will have a choice of practising as a nurse, going into a specialist or leadership role, undertaking further study, taking up research opportunities or teaching.
Career prospects are excellent with significant opportunities for further professional development and specialisation. A UK registered nursing qualification is recognised in many countries around the world, and therefore provides potential opportunities for travel and work abroad.
You can progress from the undergraduate BSc in Nursing programme once successfully completed to a Masters and PhD Programme within the university.
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If nursing has been your dream, my advice would be........DO IT!! I have not once looked back, it has been such a positive experience. The lecturers arevery supportive and approachable. Their passion and knowledge in the nursing field really shines through in their teaching. I am currently based on a hospital
placement where I have had the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills that have been taught in the classroom. Every day on the ward has been exciting and I have learned and practised new clinical skills under the supervision of a mentor.
Sophie Macdonald is studying in her first year of the BSc Adult Nursing at the Department of Nursing, Stornoway campus.
If you have reached a crossroads in your life and you want things to change, entering (or returning) to education is a fantastic way to start that change. Put simply, if you want to do a different job, you’re going to need different qualifications. So, get busy! The geographic spread of this university makes further and higher education more accessible to those living in the more isolated parts. You don’t even need qualifications to begin with; start with an access course and work your way up the academic ladder until you want to step off.
Thomas Rose is studying full time on the BSc Adult Nursing at our Department of Nursing in Stornoway.
I completely changed my career from being Cabin Crew for 15 years, to nursing, and am very happy I did. I was worried at the start but I was put at ease straight away with the support you get from everyone. The Centre for Health Science is a great facility to study at. I would like to work with the Community Mental Health team.
Cheryl Duncan is studying in her first year of the BSc Mental Health Nursing at our Department of Nursing in Inverness.
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.