About Adult Nursing Bsc (hons) in Coventry University
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 5 for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2020, 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.
The nursing courses recognise that prior learning from previous study or practice may be transferable into our programmes. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. Therefore teams also consider accreditation of prior learning (APL) or significant work based learning (APEL), for example from a Foundation Degree or partly completed degree please contact our admission tutors for further information.
Additional information: Caring experience, either paid or voluntary is essential. You will also be required to attend a selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses numeracy, literacy and aptitude as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance and criminal records disclosure required. Skills in digital and technological literacy are considered vital and there is opportunity to develop these throughout the course.
In line with the National Health Service constitution we use a values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.
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