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Adult Nursing (BN)

  • B741

3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

The Cardiff Bachelor of Nursing (BN) is an innovative and contemporary programme, redesigned for 2012 to meet the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2010 standards. You can specialise in one of three fields of nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health) from the start of the programme. The integrated nature of the programme enables students from all three fields to learn together, sharing ideas while focusing on the needs of their individual field.

Adult nursing is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career choice which requires intellect and commitment, good people skills, compassion, a sense of humour, and lots of patience and understanding. It offers the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives which has an intrinsic value that few other professions can offer. On qualification, it is possible to work in a wide range of healthcare settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Key Facts

UCAS Code B741 (March Intake)
Duration 3 years
How to apply www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply
Accreditation  Successful completion of the BN leads to eligibility for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Typical places available The School admits 280 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Typical applications received 3,620
Fees

Funding for Healthcare related courses

How to apply for NHS funding (PDF)

NHS Bursary Scheme

Typical A-level offer BBB
Admissions Tutors Jacqueline Rattray
Tel Number 02920 687689
Email address nurseinfo@cardiff.ac.uk
School website www.cardiff.ac.uk/healthcare

What is Adult Nursing?

The adult patient population is one of great diversity, requiring nurses skilled in caring for adults with long and short-term health problems, at all stages of their lives, and from all cultural backgrounds and walks of life.

As well as providing skilled, professional care to meet the physical needs of their patients, adult nurses are also required to manage numerous priorities and to use caring, counselling, managing, teaching and all aspects of interpersonal skills to improve the quality of people’s lives, often in challenging situations. Key professional attributes of the adult nurse include being a problem-solver, decision-maker and effectively managing change within dynamic healthcare environments. Using critical, analytical and clinical skills to provide high-quality evidence-based care are an essential part of this.

Adult nursing is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career choice which requires intellect and commitment, good people skills, compassion, a sense of humour, and lots of patience and understanding. It offers the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives which has an intrinsic value that few other professions can offer. On qualification, it is possible to work in a wide range of healthcare settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Adult Nursing at Cardiff

We believe that adult nurses make a very real and positive contribution to individuals who are facing some of the most challenging experiences of their lives. The Cardiff nursing programme is designed to develop practitioners with the skills and knowledge to work in a dynamic health care environment. During your time as a student at Cardiff you will learn about promoting health, preventing illness and delivering high quality care that is based on sound evidence.

The adult nursing field focuses on patient-centred care which encompasses physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs.

Essential Skills

As well as being taught the fundamental nursing skills required for holistic, dignified patient care (including nutrition, mobility, hygiene and so on), your degree will include the study and application of the clinical sciences (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology and medicines management) to adult nursing practice. As well as assessing pain, taking clinical histories, and assessing physical needs, you will develop the skills to assess psychological responses to ill-health, and how to place the individual within the context of their family, home life and carers. You will learn about the effects and management of acute and long-term conditions, wherever these may present along an individual’s life span.

Communication

You will develop essential communication skills and strategies, as well as an understanding of issues surrounding empowerment and advocacy - crucial to delivering patient centred care. You will study modules that aim to develop your awareness of ethical issues, placed within the context of current legislation, and your ability to identify the way in which policy influences service provision. Your degree will develop your awareness of equality and diversity issues and broaden your understanding of health promotion, investigating strategies for health education and behaviour change.

The Role of the Nurse

Understanding the development of the nurse’s role will be crucial to your degree. Learning to reflect critically on practice, analysing evidence, and evaluating care delivery will be a key element of your development. We will develop your ability to work effectively in the inter-disciplinary teams required to provide effective health care, based on partnership with patients and carers, and other health care professionals including doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

In your final year, you will be encouraged to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems. You will develop crucial insights into the management of resources, time and information, and work to develop your negotiation and leadership skills.

Year 1 Modules

  • Professional Values and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Introduction to Public Health, Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
  • Developing Effective Professional Relationships through Communication and Team Working
  • Safe Practice in Essential and Field Specific Care

Year 2 Modules

  • Development of Professional Practice
  • Using Evidence to Inform Nursing Practice
  • Holistic Assessment and Recognition of Health and Social Care Needs
  • Planning, Intervention and Review of Care
  • Partnership Working within Complex Care

Year 3 Modules

  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Challenges of Complex Care
  • Evaluation of Care
  • Leadership and Management in Health Organisations
  • Management of Complex Care

We will help you develop the confidence to work independently and autonomously. Utilising effective communication skills, ensuring dignity is maintained and care is compassionate and respectful, you will work in partnership with patients, families and carers, and other health and social care professionals.

Lectures, tutorials, workshops, simulations, seminar style discussions, online discussions, presentations and specific group work will all feature as part of your degree. At the start of your studies you will be assigned a personal tutor to provide pastoral support and an academic supervisor to provide academic guidance.

Assessment

Modules will be assessed using a variety of methods, including written assignments, exams, presentations and a clinical portfolio.

Placements

The Cardiff BN is divided equally between theory and practice in order to maximise the link between clinical and theoretical learning. Students spend 50% of their time in University, and 50% of their time in clinical practice with the support of experienced qualified nurses. Clinical practice opportunities will provide you with the opportunity to learn within a variety of settings, including the home environment, hospitals and the community, and in both the public and private sectors. They give students the opportunity to build their expertise, developing vital skills, supported by clinicians who will support your professional and personal growth and ensure you can meet NMC requirements. Whilst in clinical practice you will be supported by a mentor who is able to provide advice and guidance on a whole range of clinical matters.

Integration

Our degree programme promotes patient-centred care and values-based nursing. This is enhanced by opportunities for shared learning experiences with students studying Mental Health and Children’s Nursing. Such integration not only offers the benefits of peer learning, but also the opportunity to place your specific field into the context of wider and more complex care. Shared learning is a particular feature of the programme in years one and two, while year three is predominantly field specific as you prepare to qualify within your chosen field.

Clinical Skills

We have some of the UKs leading facilities to help our students develop essential clinical skills. The highly-equipped skills laboratories in our Clinical Simulation Suite enable realistic ward, community, home and emergency simulations. These lifelike simulations mean that you are able to practice and develop essential skills safely, developing your confidence and expertise so that you feel prepared when real life situations present themselves in clinical areas.

Typical A-level Offer BBB. No specified subjects.
Typical WBQ Offer Pass the Advanced Diploma and grades BB at A- level.
Typical Int Bacc Offer 28 points. Contact the School for detailed information.
Other

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

Adult nursing is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career choice which requires intellect and commitment, good people skills, compassion, a sense of humour, and lots of patience and understanding. It offers the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives which has an intrinsic value that few other professions can offer. On qualification, it is possible to work in a wide range of healthcare settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

In 2010, 95% of the School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while others were in engaged in further study or taking time out to travel.

Employers included: various Health boards and NHS Trusts, international health services and higher education institutions. Career destinations included: midwife, nurse, advanced nurse practitioner, health visitor, research nurse, ward manager, and lecturer.

Clinical placements are an essential part of Nursing and Midwifery degree programmes across the UK. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require nursing and midwifery students to complete 50% of the programme in clinical practice.

Cardiff School of Healthcare Sciences works with a number of healthcare organisations to provide a range of suitable clinical placements so that at the end of the programme you will have experienced a wide range of healthcare provision.

While in clinical practice you will be supported by a practicing nurse or midwife, who will be able to advise, support and supervise you throughout your placement. Practice learning opportunities are vital to your learning experience, and our students value the solid grounding in clinical practice that placements provide.

Placements – What to Expect

In order for you to be able to plan ahead during the academic year, students are provided with a ‘Placement Line’ at the beginning of each academic year which details the expected clinical areas you are going to be allocated to. Ensuring that you experience the full range of clinical experiences means that you can expect to work a variety of hours, from the traditional working week of Monday to Friday 9 to 5, to morning shifts which start between 7am and 8am in the morning, afternoon shifts which can finish as late as 9.30pm, night shifts and weekends.

Placements will be in hospitals, nursing homes and in the community across South East Wales - mainly situated from Barry in the West to Chepstow in the East and from Cardiff in the South to Abergavenny and Merthyr to the North, meaning that while several placements are in central Cardiff, you will need to expect to travel to some placements during your programme.

Placements are allocated so that you are able to get there using public transport. The longest you would be expected to travel by public transport is approximately 90 minutes; however, these would be the exception and you would normally be able to reach placement using public transport in approximately 30-60 minutes.

For more information on placements visit the School website.

Next intake: March each year

School Contact

Name: Beverley Johnson  

Telephone: 02920 687766 

Fax:  

Email: nurseinfo@cf.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/sonms

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School of Healthcare Sciences