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Adult nurses are in high demand in the UK, and need to demonstrate competence in meeting the physical and psychological needs of patients across their adult lifespan.
As healthcare delivery is changing, the ability to work flexibly with other professionals in health and social care is essential. As a student nurse on the Adult Nursing programme, you will therefore gain a range of practice experiences in variety of settings.
In line with the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Future Nurse Standards (2018), our Adult Nursing curriculum has recently been re-developed. At our recent approval event (March 2020) we were commended by the NMC for our excellent partnership working with placement organisations and for the inclusion of a strong public health theme throughout the curriculum.
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Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible nursing students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. For more information please visit https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund
Learning and assessment
Each year students have two placements and module content that is specific to the field of Adult Nursing. The focus is on the complexity of nursing interventions, as indicated below:
Developing the foundations for nursing practice across the lifespan and fields of practice. This includes preparing students for academic and professional learning, biosciences, understanding the influences of health and well-being of themselves and others, and consideration of underpinning values and beliefs.
Students are supported in further developing therapeutic relationships, communication and collaboration in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care within their specific field of practice.
Focusing on students preparing for the transition to a registered Adult Nurse and the complex care of people with multiple comorbidities. Students will explore leading, managing and coordinating nursing care, and the supervision of others. Throughout there will also be a focus on wellbeing and the support required to develop confident and resilient practitioners.
We have two exchange programmes, which may interest you, if wanting to experience studying in another country. We run exchange as part of the Erasmus programme to Ireland, Spain and Sweden, as well as an independent exchange to the University of Pennsylvania in the USA (rated the number one university in the world for nursing). Further information will be provided at the start of the programme to inform students about possible exchanges that can take place in year 2.
After you graduate
The Adult Nursing course at Brookes has an excellent track record of employability (95% of our students are at work within six months of finishing the course, Unistats 2019).
Registered Adult Nurses have the opportunity, post-qualification, to develop their careers in many specialist settings, such as intensive care units, accident and emergency departments, operating theatres or specialist wards where medical or surgical treatment is provided. They can also work in the community, within district or practice nursing, in industry, or in the private health care sector. Oxford-based students have the opportunity to complete a community pathway in year 3, where students set on working in the community can develop their knowledge and experience of community nursing. Opportunities also exist to work abroad, for the Armed Forces or to specialise in research, nurse education or management.
The Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) can provide interested nursing graduates with a structured research career pathway opportunity, developed in partnership with local NHS partners.
We also offer a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) opportunities for qualified nurses who wish to undertake further study at post-qualifying and postgraduate level.
Nurses have to be effective lifelong learners because health care is becoming ever more complex as new treatment options and strategies are adopted. As a qualified nurse there are many opportunities to develop your skills through continuing professional development, which can range from short refresher sessions through to postgraduate study, including MPhils and PhDs.
All our courses aim to prepare you to be lifelong learners and there is a wide range of courses available at Oxford Brookes for continuing professional development (CPD).
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.