Nursing /RN Adult
BSc (Hons)

Clinical Placement
NHS Funding available
Alternative start dates available

3 good reasons to study Nursing /RN Adult at Salford

1.

Close links between University and clinical staff across the Greater Manchester area

2.

Learn in our purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities

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Means tested bursaries available

Course Summary

Adult nurses work in hospitals or in the community, offering support, education and care to adults and their families and carers. On this course you will experience the realities of contemporary 24-hour service provision when caring for adult patients across all aspects of the health/ill health continuum.

When attending the University you will be welcomed into a relaxed and friendly environment in which to learn. A wealth of facilities are available to you including formal teaching, group and one-to-one sessions, a comfortable and enriching learning space, and state-of-the-art-clinical set ups with adult simulators.

50% of your studies will be spent in hospital and community settings, within the NHS and independent sector, where you will spend time in a well-supported environment, working alongside qualified nurse mentors.

In the third year you will have the opportunity to go on an international placement to experience care outside of the UK for example, in Sweden or Germany.

On successful completion of this course you will have a recognised degree qualification that leads to registration as a qualified nurse, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.

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Course Details

This course is delivered over three semesters per year. Throughout this course theory and practice are integrated into each module.

Course Structure

Year 1

You will acquire the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes needed to meet the needs of the users, carers and significant others. You will develop knowledge of concepts of health, public health and health promotion including an awareness of factors affecting health within a diverse and multi-cultural society. You will do this through the development of knowledge and the fundamental skills required for all nurses and within your chosen field of practice.

Year 2

You will apply essential knowledge, skills and the professional attitudes needed to deliver and promote holistic care of mental and physical health across the life span by analysing decision-making, problem solving and prioritising skills in nursing practice. We also explore which people access adult services and consider how we protect patients, carers and relatives who use our services.

Year 3

You will prepare for the transition from student nurse to qualified professional nurse both professionally and autonomously in order to manage yourself and others effectively. You will be able to develop practice using the best available evidence that incorporates both nursing expertise and knowledge, together with that of the patient/service user.

Year 1

This module will enable the student to explore theories of health and public health agenda, explore the underpinning theories, skills and values inherent within nursing practice and enable the student to examine health beliefs and the relationship between nursing, health, public health and health promotion to individuals, communities and populations.
This module will enable the student to explore theories of health and public health agenda, explore the underpinning theories, skills and values inherent within nursing practice and enable the student to examine health beliefs and the relationship between nursing, health, public health and health promotion to individuals, communities and populations.
This module will enable students to explore the essential nursing knowledge, skills, and professional values needed to deliver and promote the holistic care of individuals and families across the life course. It will also demonstrate the application of the nursing process to care for individuals in various care settings and enable the student to appreciate the importance of inter-professional working in caring for people across the life course.
This module will enable students to explore the essential nursing knowledge, skills, and professional values needed to deliver and promote the holistic care of individuals and families across the life course. It will also demonstrate the application of the nursing process to care for individuals in various care settings and enable the student to appreciate the importance of inter-professional working in caring for people across the life course.
This module will allow students to identify the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and values needed to demonstrate safe, basic person centred care under supervision, in accordance with the NMC Code and generic and field specific NMC standards and competencies for progression point 1. It will also allow students to develop skills in self- awareness/assessment and personal and professional development planning. Students will use self-awareness / assessment skills in order to recognise and develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to achieve practice competencies.

Year 2

This module enables the student to recognise and participate in the management of an acute patient episode within various settings covering all fields of practice. It also allows the student to assess and interpret clinical data that will contribute to informed decision making for an acutely unwell patient within any care environment.
This module enables the student to recognise and participate in the management of an acute patient episode within various settings covering all fields of practice. It also allows the student to assess and interpret clinical data that will contribute to informed decision making for an acutely unwell patient within any care environment.
This module enables the student to discuss contemporary political, practice and societal issues informing nursing practice and to investigate and explore chosen areas of interest in order to inform nursing practice and career aspirations. It also enables the student to reflect upon how contemporary issues in nursing are addressed in professional nursing practice.
This module enables the student to discuss contemporary political, practice and societal issues informing nursing practice and to investigate and explore chosen areas of interest in order to inform nursing practice and career aspirations. It also enables the student to reflect upon how contemporary issues in nursing are addressed in professional nursing practice.
This module will help students to understand and apply the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and values needed to work more independently than in Year 1, with less direct supervision in a safe and increasing confident manner. It will allow students to demonstrate self-direction to utilise opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills in nursing and academic practice. Having gained a sense of understanding of their identity within their profession, it will allow students to look outwards and consider their relationships with other professionals. From this module, students will achieve generic and Adult field of practice specific NMC competencies for progression point 2.

Year 3

This module will allow students to critically analyse the roles and responsibilities of an Adult Nurse. Students will critically reflect and evaluate the development of knowledge, skills, attitude and values essential for the transition from student nurse to that of a qualified professional Adult nurse. Students will critically analyse the ability to utilise systems and processes that enable Service user empowerment and develop reflective and analytical skills in order to engage with the development of contemporary clinical practice.
Students will critically examine and debate the nature of evidence within Adult Nursing and formulate an adult related nursing practice question to inform the development of patient centred care. Students will design and implement a structured search strategy, apply appropriate critical appraisal tools to facilitate the critical evaluation of the resulting evidence and make appropriate recommendations for adult nursing practice.  Students will also explore ways of implementing and disseminating evidence within adult nursing practice.
Students will achieve generic and field of practice specific NMC competencies for entry to the Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and demonstrate application of the evidence, knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, leadership qualities and self-awareness essential for the transition from student nurse to registered nurse. Students will analyse and evaluate learning from across the programme of study for the purpose of articulating their personal nursing philosophy and values-based nursing framework for Adult nursing practice.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
APL Any applicant who already has GCSE Maths, English and Science Grade C or above, and verifiable experience may be considered for entry to the course
GCSE All applicants must have GCSEs in English language, maths and science at Grade C minimum
UCAS tariff points 260-300 points
BTEC National Diploma DDM
Scottish Highers Equivalence of 260-300 UCAS points
Irish Leaving Certificate Equivalence of 260-300 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate 26 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

English Language - IELTS Minimum score 7- with no individual component below 7

Applicant profile

Nursing is not a nine-to-five job. Neither is being a student nurse:

  • You will be expected to work the same shifts as your mentor in clinical practice
  • You do not get long holiday breaks; our course works on the basis of seven weeks annual leave per year which are allocated and non-negotiable
  • Considerable travelling may be required for both hospital and community placements

Teaching

A blended learning approach will provide the foundation to the teaching and learning strategy by way of Seminars, Masterclasses, action learning, guided independent study, simulation and workshops.  Theoretical learning will be complemented by Field of Practice and Level specific seminar group facilitation, discussion, dissemination and formative feedback.

The course has an equal split between time spent in theory and time spent in practice.  

Applicants should be aware that in order to successfully complete the Programme and be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), that they will need to evidence 2300 hours of theoretical learning and 2300 Practice learning (4600 hours in total). This is a Programme requirement and so may not be reflected in the allocated specified hours of learning on the academic module specifications.

Assessment

Assessment methods are varied and include assignments, presentations, observed structured clinical examinations, exams and portfolio assessment.

Employability

As a graduate and qualified staff nurse in your chosen field of practice you will be able to apply for a job in either an acute setting such as a hospital or in the community. You may want to work within the NHS or in the public and private sectors for example, a ward, a health centre, a prison, a care home or a hospice.

Links with Industry

You will work alongside a qualified mentor in clinical practice areas where you will experience a wide variety of care-giving settings. You will be expected to work the same shift patterns as your mentor (including weekends and night duty) and will need to be able to travel to and from clinical placements.

You will spend half of your time at the University and the other half working in clinical areas or the community within local NHS Trusts. These will include hospitals and community placements across the Greater Manchester area including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Central Manchester, Wythenshawe and others.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeIf you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary to help with living expenses

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP and £82 for uniforms. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance is required in Year 1 of study only; uniforms will be required each year. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Optional costs include £10 per year for professional body membership, should the student wish to register. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see more information on the proposed changes here, and we will update this page as soon as the changes are confirmed.

If you are applying for entry before September 2017, there will be no changes to the funding available.

Financial support for this course

Facilities

Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.