An Adult Nursing degree can lead you to some of the most rewarding careers there are, working anywhere from hospitals, to people’s homes.
If you are a naturally caring and compassionate individual, adult nursing is one of most rewarding professions you could choose to work in, as well as being challenging, varied and with excellent career prospects.
Adult nurses have the potential to work with a wide spectrum of service users across a vast range of services and settings – from A&E, critical care, medical and surgical wards to hospices, nursing homes, GP practices and in people’s own homes. They are expected to be trustworthy, professional and prepared to safeguard patients’ rights.
Ranked in the UK’s top 10 for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry offers a Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. Our course benefits from exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction – 97% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS 2016) – and outstanding graduate employability, with 94% of our students in work or further study after six months (2014-15 DLHE).
In modern health and social care settings nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.
This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at its core. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of each per year, students study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. You’ll become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.
The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.
The degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will be required to write a 5,000 report. Past students have covered topics as diverse as end of life care, maggots in wound care, the role of the advanced nurse practitioner and CPR.
Why choose this course?
The aim of this course is to prepare you for the dynamic and fast changing health and social care system, developing you into an adaptable, flexible, reflective, competent and compassionate practitioner.
From the outset, you’ll gain hands-on experience under supervision from qualified mentors, spending up to 50% of your time on clinical practice placements in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, at private hospitals and independent care providers.
While the course has a clear focus on nursing adults, a key benefit of our curriculum is the notion of collaboration across all areas of health and social care. Your studies will be complemented with signiﬁcant insights into mental health, learning disability and children and young people’s nursing. Some modules are also studied in conjunction with other health and social care professionals; looking at specific issues and challenges they face to broaden your knowledge and expertise.
Our links with universities in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Kenya provide opportunities for student exchanges and, through the University’s volunteering schemes, you may have the chance to work overseas on ‘live’ projects such as orphanage work in Uganda. European links are also in development with the potential for field trips to Finland and Spain to compare health courses and nurse training globally.
International experience opportunities
Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today. There are also opportunities to study specific issues of interest to you, such as people trafficking, working in war torn or developing countries. Some of this is supported by guest lecturers or simulation facilitators and others through topical issues covered within the course.
For students who have performed well in their academic studies, it is possible towards the end of the second year to plan a short placement abroad within Europe or beyond – typically three to four weeks’ duration. We have existing links with universities in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Kenya, as well as agreements with several European institutions which have been utilised for incoming and outgoing student exchanges.
Students and visiting lecturers from other countries provide an input into the course have come from areas such as Hong Kong, Japan and Africa. We also participate in a number of senior staff exchanges, for example, with institutions in India and China, which can provide additional insights for students into international issues.
On graduating successfully from this course, and providing you also meet the NMC requirements, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This enables you to practise immediately.
As well as helping you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ Employability and Placements Unit will support you when you are ready to begin your professional career. We have an excellent track record with 94% of our September intake students in work or continuing their studies in the most recent destinations survey (DLHE 2014/15).
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.