Mental illness requires just as much care as physical illness – sometimes even more so. As a mental health nurse, you’ll be crucial in helping people get their lives back on track.
You’ll learn from our experienced lecturers and technicians using state-of-the-art simulation facilities, coupled with time out on clinical placement. This combined learning approach of theory and practice will prepare you to provide safe, compassionate care and become a confident nurse
Why study this subject?
Whether you have personal experience of mental illness, supported friends and family, or simply want to help those who struggle day-to-day, becoming a mental health nurse may be a great fit for you.
No two days within this job are the same – mental health comprises a vast and diverse range of illnesses that you will have to respond to, such as including anxiety, depression, psychotic disturbances, paranoia and dementia.
To support your studies, the UK Government are continuing to provide mental health nursing students with a payment of at least £5,000 a year which will not need to be paid back. Find out more about the NHS Learning Support Fund.
Once you graduate from this course, you’ll be able to join as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practice in the UK.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At Buckinghamshire New University, from your very first welcome, you’ll find yourself surrounded by friendly, like-minded students and staff – all passionate about nursing and healthcare.
We’ve been running nursing programmes for many years and students benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University. Our lecturers maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is always kept up to date.
You will receive personal tutoring and also be able to take part in our annual one-day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding. In addition, guest speakers regularly deliver sessions for students within the University to ensure we give a diverse range of views and experiences to our students.
At BNU, we recognise roles in this field are hands-on – that’s why you’ll take part in simulated learning experiences throughout the course using our specialised facilities at our Uxbridge campus. This will enable you to recreate authentic scenarios and practise your skills in a safe environment.
Alongside your studies, you will take part in a range of clinical placements with our NHS partner hospitals and homes. We work with a range of partners across the region and our students are highly respected whilst out in practice. We consistently see a high rate of employability after completing the course, with 98% of our students either in employment or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2020). Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.
As a BNU student, you will automatically become a member of Bucks Students’ Union giving you access to a wide range of services that we offer for free as part of our exclusive Big Deal package – including joining the Nursing Society. We are the only university in the UK to offer our members free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities, allowing them to experience new things, socialise with broader groups of people and boost their employability – all to enrich your university experience.
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