BSc Adult Nursing

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Adult Nursing is a challenging yet highly rewarding career choice which allows you to work with adults of all ages with a range of health conditions. Our degree is ideal if you want to make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

We are 6th in the UK for Nursing (Complete University Guide and The Guardian, 2017) and our nursing academics are at the forefront of innovative new teaching methods which have been recognised nationally. We encourage you to learn through first-hand practical experience while working in collaboration with other healthcare students to ensure you graduate with the confidence and skills needed to adapt to a fast-changing and demanding environment.

At UEA you’ll learn about the responsibilities of an Adult Nurse, essential nursing practice and specialist areas such as long term health conditions and complex needs. Throughout your degree, you will gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to meet the needs of a diverse adult population.

Overview

With the NHS Constitution at its core, our Adult Nursing degree provides rigorous training, fantastic placement opportunities and is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Highlights of Nursing at UEA

  • Experience a wide range of placements, including community settings and operating theatres
  • Take part in regular group work with other health and medicine students to help you develop teamwork skills
  • Increase your knowledge and build your confidence by trying out new techniques in our state-of-the-art skills laboratories and anatomy suite and take part in scenario based training in our fully equipped bungalow
  • Explore contemporary practice in small seminar groups in our purpose built Edith Cavell Building
  • Learn in a highly supportive culture and join a motivated group of students
  • Have the opportunity to experience healthcare in another country with an elective placement (3 weeks)

The NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution Values are an integral part of everything we do; they underpin the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students in the university and in the practice setting. As part of our recruitment process, your understanding of the values of the NHS Constitution will be explored at interview, with successful candidates demonstrating how these are reflected in their own beliefs. 

Placements

You will experience placements in a variety of settings under the supervision of a professional, where you will be able to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a clinical environment, while working closely with adult patients, clients and their families. By the end of your course, the placement experiences will have allowed you to build up an individual placement profile, after having undertaken the number of assessed placement hours required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to allow professional registration. 

Course Structure

  • Three-year course, two modules each year
  • Small group teaching, lectures and self-directed study alongside your clinical placements
  • Variety of assessments such as written assessments, unseen examinations and group presentations
  • Teaching hours are allocated between 9am-7pm. When in practice, your hours will reflect typical patterns for nursing staff at your placement and a minimum of 75 hours on night duty is normally required.

January Intake

Due to the huge demand for Adult Nurses, we have an additional intake of students in January. This is a popular course with students who take advantage of having the opportunity to travel and earn money following exam results, without having to defer entry for a whole year.

A Fantastic Student Experience

Studying Adult Nursing at UEA means that you’ll join the School of Health Sciences, home to a group of exceptional students, world-class research and enthusiastic educators who are experts in their fields.

Life Beyond University

The placements we offer allow you to build an individual profile demonstrating that you have undertaken the necessary time in practice required for you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Our Adult Nursing graduates are highly sought-after healthcare professionals with 98% of students in work after graduation (Unistats 2015). Working as an Adult Nurse means working in a demanding environment, which could be based in a number of areas such as:

  • Hospital wards
  • Community settings
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Hospices

Teaching and Assessment

You will experience different assessment methods, which have been carefully considered to reflect the importance of being able to apply the relevant evidence base to practice. You will be expected to maintain a portfolio of evidence. With guidance, you will be expected to build a sound evidence base demonstrating progression, reflecting on your learning both theoretical and clinical skills. Other assessment strategies are also utilised, such as written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations, group presentations and a dissertation of 10,000 words in order to illustrate deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing. Whilst in clinical placement you will complete various learning outcomes, a nursing attributes assessment as well as writing reflections based on your placement experience. You will maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout the course to demonstrate your learning and competency in clinical skills.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

ESSENTIAL NURSING PRACTICE

The aim of this module is for students to explore the health needs of a diverse population. Underpinning theory will take account of individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual health needs. Recognition will be given to the importance of working with families, carers, and support networks to address people's needs. Key themes within this module will include communication, common physical and mental health problems, children and young people, dealing with emergency situations. This module will provide students with the underpinning knowledge related to the nurse's role in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Interprofessional learning will continue in this module. Students will be supported in further developing their self-awareness, using support systems to recognise, manage and deal with their own emotions. Essential nursing skill development will continue. In the first 8 weeks of the module blended and shared learning approaches support you the student to meet the module outcomes. During week 9 the student will engage in simulated practice to further prepare, prior to their 11 week practice experience. Adult Field Specific Adult field students will consider the philosophy and policy underpinning contemporary adult services. They will learn the underpinning knowledge and skills relating to building relationships with people in physical and/or mental distress in a range of settings. The module will include exploration of the power imbalances between professionals and people experiencing physical and mental health problems. Knowledge will be developed to enable the recognition of the early signs of illness in individuals of all ages, accurate patient assessment and an understanding of the prompt and appropriate management of patients who are either acutely ill or have the potential to become so. Through teaching and learning activities students will be required to demonstrate a willingness to actively consider the significance of and factors affecting their own physical and mental wellbeing and the importance of this for the therapeutic use of self. There will be an emphasis on the value and need for clinical supervision in adult practice. The student will be allocated to a field-specific practice learning experience as their practice Hub. Together with spoke learning experiences this will facilitate the student to meet the practice learning outcomes. The students will return to School during the placement for some one-day simulated practice to enhance skills development. Following this module there are 3 independent learning weeks in which the student can, should they need to, make up practice/theory time or undertake independent study/reading. Learning Objectives: Professional values 1.Promoting dignity, choice and respect, 2.Upholding individual's rights 3.Advocacy 4.Professional identity 5.Professional and legal frameworks Nursing practice and decision making Common physical and mental health conditions across the lifespan - epidemiology and applied anatomy and physiology in relation to: 1.Diabetes 2.Cardiovascular disease - hypertension 3.Depression 4.Anxiety 5.Dementia 6.Substance misuse 7.Asthma 8.Epilepsy 9.Infection 10.Musculo-skeletal 11.Co morbidity 12.Community profile 13.The relationship between the population and health needs 14.Inclusion/exclusion 15.Child protection 16.Adult protection 17.Inequalities and stigma 18.Holism 19.Spirituality 20.Essential nursing practice 21.Human development 22.Detecting and dealing with common emergencies, within own limitations Communication and interprofessional skills 1.Overcoming barriers to communication 2.Augmented and alternative communication strategies 3.Working with distress, including handling strong emotions 4.Appropriate communication across the lifespan 5.Working with families and carers 6.Engagement and self-awareness 7.Self-awareness including own value base 8.Use of written and verbal communication #telephone communication #writing letters #writing reports #handover Leadership, management and team working 1.Support networks 2.Effective team working Research 1.Identifying relevant literature 2.Applying evidence to practice Lifelong learning 1.Clinical supervision 2.Applied numeracy skills 3.Emotional intelligence 4.Self-awareness Adult Field Specific 1.Introduction to the principles of sick patient assessment 2.Assessing and observing the sick adult or child 3.Prompt and appropriate management of the sick adult or child 4.History of adult health practice 5.History of the NHS 6.Politics of the NHS and impact of governmental policies 7.Role of NICE and NICE guidance 8.Administration of medications across the lifespan 9.Service user involvement and experiences of service users 10.Power imbalances within the NHS 11.Clinical supervision in Adult practice 12.Maintaining own physical and mental wellbeing in Adult practice

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FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING

This generic module introduces students to the four fields of nursing. Mandatory training is undertaken during this module in order to prepare students for their first clinical placement. Students undertaking this module have a two week taster placement followed by a further placement later in module. The holistic nature of nursing care is explored within this module from both the biological and psychological perspectives. This module has the core attributes of nursing at its core being heavily focused on developing person-centric care using values such as communication, dignity, care and compassion. The Module aim is to introduce students to the values and evidence base that underpin contemporary nursing practice encapsulated by the NMC Code (2008). Students will begin to develop and harness the skills of lifelong learning including reflection. Key concepts to be explored include therapeutic relationships, professional boundaries, promoting health, clinical governance, interprofessional learning and systematic approaches to nursing. An emphasis is placed on the acquisition of essential nursing skills. There will be a focus on the development of student's self awareness for effective nursing practice.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING - ADULT (SEPT)

The aim of this module is to explore and apply the concept of empowerment and health promotion in nursing practice. There will be exploration of the impact of illness and disability on people's lives across the life span. The assessment of nursing needs and planning of interventions continues to be a key theme. The skills and knowledge related to identifying changes in health status, health crises and coping strategies form a key part of learning. An emphasis on therapeutic relationships continues in the context of empowering relationships. Interprofessional learning (IPL2) commences in this module. As Adult student nurses you will learn the principles of maintaining and promoting health and well-being across all ages. The context of health and well-being for adults will be grounded in public health principles looking at the relationship between lifestyle and health, detecting and responding to health changes and exploring the nature of health screening. The exploration of the impact of illness and disability will follow patient pathways as they move between primary and secondary care. There will be an emphasis on the ability to safely apply a range of diagnostic skills and the appropriate technology to assess the needs of the individual. The complexities of forming therapeutic relationships within a range of adult service delivery settings will be explored. The normal physiological and psychological processes of pregnancy will be focused upon with you gaining experience in pre and postnatal care over the course of this and the following module. In a similar way you will learn about the normal physical, emotional and psychological development of children and young people gaining experience in practice over the course of the year.

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LONG TERM CONDITIONS - ADULT (SEPT)

This module explores the unique needs across the lifespan of individuals living with a long-term condition. Using a strengths based approach you will explore the adjustment needs of people, including families and carers, living with long term conditions to enable them to function to their full potential. Key concepts and content will include communication, social inclusion, reasonable adjustments, legislation, capacity, pharmacology, reflexivity, health and social policy, and end of life care. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Explore the holistic needs and expectations of individuals living with a long term condition. #Promote critical thinking and problem solving, utilising a systematic approach #Investigate and critique the contemporary evidence base that underpins nursing practice #Present and critically discuss evidence that is applied to/ in practice, in both the class and practice environments.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

MEETING COMPLEX NEEDS (SEPT)

The aim of this module is to facilitate your increasing autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning whilst supporting your transition to degree level studies. Theory and practice experiences will focus on developing your ability to prioritise the requirements of people with complex needs. Building on previous skills a second focus will be on effective communication in diverse and challenging situations. Themes will include influencing others, managerial strategies and the effectiveness of the inter-professional team with the option to attend IPL3 and IPL4 conferences. You will continue to learn in both multi-field and field specific study groups. The learning objectives of this module are to increase your autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning whilst supporting your transition to degree level studies. You will learn primarily in field specific groups and your placements will all be field specific. The theory and practice experiences will focus on developing your ability to prioritize and manage the requirements of people with complex needs. Building on previous knowledge and skills this semester will have a strong field-specific focus and the learning issues will be increasingly challenging. During this final year of the programme, you will also be expected to be an increasingly independent learner use self-directed study time to enhance your learning in relation to the module outcomes. Your preparation for writing your dissertation will be supported by taking part in seminars and a reading week. Within this module Adult students will be building on the knowledge and skills they have developed to demonstrate that they can effectively deliver nursing interventions and communicate with individuals with complex needs. This will include leading assessments of individuals with complex health issues, promoting informed choice in situations where autonomy is compromised and demonstrating nursing practice that protects vulnerable individuals. Students will demonstrate their ability to develop appropriate plans of care, critically evaluate the efficacy of nursing interventions, formulate risk assessment management plans and safely use invasive and non-invasive procedures, relevant medical technology and pharmacological interventions to provide information

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PREPARATION FOR FUTURE PRACTICE (SEPT)

This module is about students exploring their role in relation to the enhancement of nursing practice and service delivery. The emphasis will be on the knowledge and skills of a resilient nurse. Key themes will include change management, service improvement, conflict management and decision making in complex situations. Students will #consolidate and review the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice #be expected to contribute to the management of practice learning environment #use the knowledge gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice to members of the wider interprofessional team. The learning objectives of this module are to consolidate and review the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice. Contemporary legislation and policy is considered in the light of their existing knowledge and experience, with an emphasis on future autonomous practice. Self-management in complex and challenging situations is a key theme. They are expected to contribute to the management of their practice learning environment and use the knowledge they have gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice for all members of the interprofessional team. During this final module of the programme, the students are expected to be an independent learner, using self-directed study time to enhance their learning in relation to the module outcomes. Their preparation for future practice will be further supported by participation in EBL and devising a Service Improvement Project.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

September 2017 Onwards

From 1 August the funding for most health courses in England is changing. Under the new system you will receive a support package of tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England, just like all other undergraduate students. For more information on finance and maintenance loans please refer to our leaflet.

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

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Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

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Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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