If you want to help people and guide them through their most vulnerable moments, then nursing is the career for you. As an adult nurse, you will face a diverse range of situations with no two days ever the same and each one providing you with job satisfaction that you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. You can work as a nurse in a number of places, both private and public sector, after you graduate.
Once you graduate, you’ll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practice in the UK.
Opportunities for adult nurses are continually expanding. For example: you may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, working in a prison or in one of the community areas such as a large health centre.
Nursing involves much more than practice. You’ll grasp the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you make those crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of care.
We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. Our nursing programme is no different. During your time on the programme, you’ll be working alongside experienced health care professionals who will help you become a caring, confident and practice-ready adult nurse.
You will benefit from:
- an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners
- lecturers that maintain close links with practice, visiting you regularly and supporting you throughout your practice placement
- simulation facilities, enabling you to practise your skills in an authentic and safe environment
- personal tutoring and continuous support throughout the programme
- a high level of research within the teaching team
- our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding.
Our nursing programmes are split 50/50, the first six months of each year is currently spent at the University studying and then the second half of the year is spent on practice placement at one of our local NHS Trusts or independent care partners.
We offer a variety of clinical experiences in a range of settings and work with hospitals in North West London.
Clinical experience opportunities may include:
- medical, surgical and elderly care
- accident and emergency
- learning disability insight placement
- community nursing
- operating theatres
- outpatients departments
- private healthcare placement experiences
- opportunity for an elective placement in the UK or abroad.
We’re renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff from Bucks are assigned to each clinical area and will visit you regularly whilst you are out in practice.
We make sure that you’ll have the knowledge, skills and the confidence to work as a student nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.
Our team of experienced and dedicated lectures have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, including:
- adult life support
- end of life care for older people with dementia and care of vulnerable adults
- HIV, AIDS, sexual health
- human factors
- intensive therapy unit/intensive care unit cardio and respiration (ITU/ICU)
- patient safety
- plastics and burns
- pressures ulcers/tissue viability
- renal medicine and transplantation
- stoma nurse
- spinal cord injury (adult and paediatric), from acute, rehabilitation to community discharge
- trauma and orthopaedics
- workforce and service delivery.
Our enthusiastic and dedicated adult nursing lecturers have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.
We’ve been running nursing programmes for many years and have a high rate of employability. 99 per cent of our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating*. As you’ll graduate as a registered nurse, you’ll be able to find work in the UK or explore opportunities of working abroad in the future. Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.
Nursing itself is a broad area and you’ll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:
- staff nurse working in an acute or rehabilitation centre
- practice nurse working in a GP surgery
- community nurse, for example district nurse
- working in nursing homes
- working with private health care providers
- prison nursing
- the armed forces
- nurse researcher.