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3 years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation 280 points (See below) B710

95%of Lincoln's Nursing graduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing this course. Of those who are employed 100% are in professional or managerial roles according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, as provided by unistats.com.

Introduction

Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.

The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges to contemporary and future healthcare and nursing practice. This degree takes its lead from the World Health Organisation’s vision of public health-focused nursing of the future.

The BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse (Adult) degree is underpinned by the six fundamental values outlined in the the Chief Nursing Officers Vision and Strategy, Compassion In Practice.

http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/compassion-in-practice.pdf

Theoretical and clinical elements of the programme build on the philosophy stated in the NHS Constitution and is centred on the NHS Values: Working Together for Patients; Respect and Dignity; Commitment to the Quality of Care; Compassion, Improving Lives; Everyone Counts.

http://www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Documents/2013/the-nhs-constitution-for-england-2013.pdf

In addition to the required medical knowledge and interpersonal skills traditionally associated with nursing, students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of how to profile the health needs of any community, anywhere in the world. This aims to ensure that graduates are exceptionally well placed to meet the nursing needs of a changing world.

This degree is offered over a ‘long’ academic year, consisting of 45 weeks of study. Reflecting the scope of modern nursing, placements will be spent in both hospital and community settings.

Accreditations

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), enabling students to register as a qualified nurse upon graduation.

Students are required to complete competencies for nursing in practice as part of the NMC standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (2010). There is a progression threshold for theory and practice assessments for each year of the course. These must be achieved in order for students to move onto the next year of study or in the case of the third year, to successfully complete the degree.

Is This Course Right For Me?

If a nine-to-five Monday to Friday desk job fills a student with dread and they have a passion for making a difference in people's lives for the better, in a career where no two days are the same, then this might be the course for them.

How You Study

In the first year, modern professional healthcare is placed within an academic context. Students have the opportunity to study the application of biological sciences, the principles of clinical nursing and aspects of professional practice.

Second-year topics include the ethical and legal frameworks of nursing, health promotion and behaviour change, and pathophysiology – the disordered physiological processes associated with disease.

In the final year of the degree, students are expected to produce a dissertation on a topic of their choice relevant to nursing practice, and study public health, service improvement and management in nursing.

The course is offered over a “long” academic year consisting of 45 weeks of study. This is organised into three periods of study called trimesters. Practice learning using placements constitutes 50% of the programme. It is important that students gain a rich experience of their chosen field of nursing and will therefore be placed in both hospital and community settings. In the second year, students will undertake a four week elective placement. This can be in the UK or abroad and can be organised by the University or the student. Potential costs relating to placements can be found in the Features Tab.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Different modes of assessment are used for different modules of study. For example submitted written work is used to assess grasp of theory and clinical exams are used to assess application of theory to practice.

Practical skills will be assessed whilst students are on placement through the achievement of outcomes designed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. These are recorded by the practice mentor.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Interviews & Applicant Days

If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a half day selection event. This comprises of a short talk about our nursing programme, followed by an individual interview, a short numeracy and literacy assessment and a situational judgement test. There will also be an opportunity for you to visit our specialist clinical teaching facilities.

We have compiled an example of a typical numeracy test (PDF), available at http://lncn.eu/kmr5

We will expect you to know about the role of the nurse in the 21st Century. We recommend you visit the Department of Health website, keep up to date with nursing in the media and read nursing professional journals.

What We Look For In Your Application

We will be looking for applicants committed to Adult Nursing. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement section of the UCAS application form by saying why the candidate wants to study Adult Nursing and what they feel they can bring to the programme. All relevant work experience that they have undertaken to date should be included and importantly, how this work experience influenced their values and behaviours.

Candidates must show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of the nursing profession, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of how nursing can bring about excellent health and wellbeing through quality of care, as well as the importance of and engagement with essential values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.

In addition candidates should be able to articulate the realistic expectations required from the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Health and Social Care Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2016-17

Applicants should have a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points from a minimum three A Levels or equivalent.

Applications are welcomed from students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

This programme also requires 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2. These GCSEs must be obtained prior to submitting a UCAS application.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas. We will also accept the Advanced Diploma, in addition to another level 3 qualification i.e. an A Level. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website http://lncn.eu/cdez

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

  • IELTS 7.0
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)).

When you choose Nursing in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

Further information can be found at http://www.isa-gov.org.uk
We cannot accept deferred applications for Nursing or Social Work. You must apply in the year you wish to start the programme.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Assimilating Adult Nursing Practice 1A: The Fundamentals of Nursing Care

This module is linked to the module Essential Skills for Nursing Practice, aiming to develop the skills required for the first practice learning experience. This module also aims to prepare for practice, facilitating students in completing the mandatory skills required for them to practice safely. The placement attached to this module will enable students to begin assimilating nursing practice in the adult nursing services and start developing their fundamental care skills.

With high levels of direction and supervision from a mentor and the practice team, students will be expected to engage in delivering essential nursing care, implementing care decisions, and start taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a numeracy test at 40%.

Assimilating Adult Nursing Practice 1B: Promoting Professional Values

This module is linked to the module Professional Values and Team Working for Clinical Practice which aims to help students develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module also aims to prepare for practice, facilitating students in completing the skills required for them to practice safely. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to continue assimilating nursing practice in the adult nursing services and further develop their fundamental care skills.

With high levels of direction and supervision from a mentor and the practice team, students will engage in delivering essential nursing care, implementing care decisions, and take responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to pass a literacy test.

Essential Skills for Nursing Practice

The module aims to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to core communication and practical skills for Adult and Mental Health nursing. Nursing is interactive and relies upon inter-professional working and collaboration with service users, their families, carers and the public. Effective communication and interpersonal skills underpin every aspect of nursing practice. Nursing is also a practical activity which utilises a wide range of health interventions in pursuit of patient and public wellbeing and this module aims to introduce these to students.

Students will have the chance to explore the theoretical basis underpinning practical nursing and communication skills. Whilst doing this students will be expected to undertake practical simulation sessions, allowing them to hone these skills in preparation for practice placements. Biological, psychological and social perspectives will inform these sessions which will incorporate adapting to the needs of a diverse service user group.

Professional Values and Team Working for Clinical Practice

Contemporary nursing has its own body of knowledge, which increasingly is evidence based, and which represents an evolving integration of theory and practice. Adult and Mental Health nursing are a practice discipline, utilising a systematic approach to assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of care that requires the application of analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal and psychomotor skills.

Students will be expected to explore the evidence base that underpins nursing both as an art and a science. Students will also consider how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work in health and social care settings. The principles of professional engagement with users of health and social care services will also be explored. In doing so, students will have the chance to consider the roles and responsibilities of the nurse, professional behaviours and attitudes, accountability, confidentiality, advocacy, record keeping, and the legal and ethical frameworks in nursing.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of models of decision making in acute and community practice, and how nurses go about planning and organising their work based on the needs of individuals. Finally, students will explore the importance of team working in safeguarding, the wellbeing and health of the people in your care.

Level 2

Cognition and Interpretation in Nursing

This module aims to prepare students with the skills needed to undertake a detailed clinical history within a variety of settings, interpret a number of investigations and assessments, document and communicate their findings, and apply knowledge of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms and interventions to a number of disease processes and conditions. This module will also serve to provide an overview of public health and how students might go about accomplishing public health objectives as part of their clinical practice.

Engaging with Adult Nursing Practice 2A: Promoting Ethical Practice

This module is linked to the module Forging Values Based Nursing Practice and aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience, preparing for practice facilitating students in role modelling safe and competent practice. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to engage with practice, allowing them to demonstrate a real sense of their ability to provide care that is ethical and lawful.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this first practice experience in year two, students will begin to practice with reducing levels of direction and supervision, demonstrating that they are beginning to take on aspects of independence when delivering increasingly complex nursing care, implementing care decisions, and taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to complete a paper linked to evidence based care.

Engaging with Adult Nursing Practice 2B: History Taking and Assessment

This module is linked to the module Cognition and Interpretation in Nursing, aiming to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module aims to prepare students for practice, facilitating them in role modelling safe and competent practice. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to engage with practice, providing the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out a detailed clinical history and assessment, and then plan care for an individual accessing their service.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, students will continue to practice with reducing levels of direction and supervision, demonstrating that they are taking on aspects of independence when delivering increasingly complex nursing care, implementing care decisions, and taking responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to complete a numeracy test linked to their practice and achieve a pass mark of 70%.

This module also affords students the opportunity to engage in a four week elective placement focussing on aspects of public health. This placement may be carried out locally, nationally or internationally. Students will be directly involved in arranging this practice opportunity and a list of potential placements will be provided to by the School. Details on costs relating to placements can be found in the Features Tab.

Forging Values Based Nursing Practice

This module aims to build on learning in year one in relation to professional approaches to practice informed by appropriate values and ethics. Through the development of the skill of critical reflection, this module aims to develop students attitudes towards social inclusion and ethical practice.

Students will explore perspectives on how their personal values interact with those of others and how these interactions can be managed to create a meaningful and productive work environment. This will require knowledge, understanding and application of ethical theory, principles and professional skills in rational decision-making and leadership within a health and social care context.

Students will be expected to articulate their competence as an accountable practitioner within a healthcare team and as an advocate for applied ethics in contemporary practice. A range of management styles will be considered for their impact on quality care and working practices. The use of evidence in clinical decision making, which respects partnership with service users, carers, agencies and other professionals will be the endpoint of leaning.

Level 3

Advancing Person-centred Nursing Practice

Care is becoming more complex with advancements in treatments and knowledge. The aim of the module is to explore the needs of adult patients with complex health needs across the lifespan, including coping with long-term illness and disability. Students will be expected to explore care delivery for individuals and groups of patients, understanding and employing the skills of decision-making and delegation within a team or organisation. This is synonymous with the ability to make clinically sound decisions based on best evidence within complex and rapidly changing clinical environments.

Impacting on Adult Nursing Practice 3A: Improving and Transforming Practice

This module is linked to the module Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice which aims to develop the skills required for this practice learning experience. This module aims to prepare for practice, facilitating students in leading and impacting on practice in a safe and competent manner. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that begins to demonstrate their development in becoming a registered nurse.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this first practice experience in year three, students will begin to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increasing levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to deliver complex nursing care, implement and question care decisions, and take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to complete a paper relating to a reflective account of their personal and professional development.

Impacting on Adult Nursing Practice 3B: Managing and Leading Complex Care

This module is linked to the modules Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice and Advancing Person-centred Nursing Practice which aim to develop the skills required for this final practice learning experience. This module aims to prepare for practice focusing on managing and leading complex care. The placement attached to this module aims to enable students to fully engage with practice in a way that demonstrates their ability to practice independently as a registered nurse.

Whilst under the supervision of a mentor, in this final practice experience prior to registration, students will demonstrate their ability to practice with minimal direction and supervision and increased levels of independence. Students will have the opportunity to deliver complex nursing care, implement and question care decisions, take full responsibility for themselves and their role within the team, and impact on the quality of the service delivered to people in their care. This module is linked to the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) The Code (2015) – ‘Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives’. A large proportion of the assessment of this module will be carried out in practice by a mentor and will require students to complete a number of assessed criteria and an episode of care. A second assessment will require students to complete a numeracy test relating to their practice and achieve 100%.

Innovation to Transformation in Nursing Practice

Throughout this module students will be expected to examine contemporary management and leadership issues that impact on health and social care. Students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate a variety of approaches to management and leadership and reflect on personal styles and values based practice in a variety of situations. Critical reflection of your own qualities as managers and your leadership and followership behaviours is also considered. This module aims to help students to develop core skills in increasing their leadership potential to become a confident leader, follower and manager in their first career steps. The module will focus on the need for innovation and consider ideas for transformational practice whilst recognising the management and leadership challenges this presents.

Specifically, students will be required to engage in understanding the theory and practice of making a transformation in a clinical service and design, and implement and evaluate a service transformation project.

Placements

Placements aim to prepare students for the challenges of working in a demanding professional environment, whether that be in a hospital, GP surgery or community healthcare setting. A broad choice of practice placements is available, with locations ranging from inner city settings to rural villages.

Throughout placements, a mentor assists and assesses your training. Students are expected to develop the ability to work efficiently and compassionately, integrating the theory they have learnt into practice, while working alongside colleagues from social care, physiotherapy and surgery to understand the interdisciplinary nature of modern healthcare.

Placement travel and accommodation is reimbursed for many student nurses who are eligible to receive an NHS bursary. The NHS bursary is means tested and financial reimbursement is dependent upon individual student circumstances. Those who do not receive a bursary should expect to incur travel and potential accommodation costs for work placements.

Please note: due to a recent government announcement this is scheduled to change from September 2017 – further details about the arrangements for NHS students is due to be released by Health Education England.

Student nurses are also offered the chance to self fund ERASMUS opportunities throughout the course of their degree. Find out more about ERASMUS opportunities at Lincoln at http://lncn.eu/fkq8.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

At Lincoln, students have the chance to learn in some of the newest, specialist facilities in Europe. These include a fully equipped clinical suite for simulated treatment sessions, with separate teaching and observation areas and an award-winning library, which includes specialist health and social care books, journals and magazines.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Qualified nurses are in constant demand across all areas of modern healthcare. The BSc (Hons) Nursing with Registered Nurse (Adult) aims to produce graduates who are prepared for nursing roles in community and in-patient settings, as well as for education, research and health management opportunities.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Programme Specific Funding & Bursaries

NHS Funded

Eligible students on pre-registration nursing courses have their tuition fees met by the NHS and receive a £1,000 grant per year of study. Some students may also be eligible for an additional means-tested bursary.

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

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The Social Work degree at Lincoln combines rigorous academic study with extensive practice-based experience, aiming to equip you with the personal and professional attributes required for a career in social work.

Tuition Fees

If you qualify for an NHS student bursary, the NHS will pay your course tuition fees. This will be paid directly to your Local Education Training Board (LETB).

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions]