We will equip you for your future career in nursing and midwifery
We work closely with service providers to give you valuable experience within real practice areas across the programmes we offer. These practice experiences are designed by your programme team in order that you can become a confident and competent nurse or midwife by the end of your programme.
Candidates for BN Nursing courses can choose from four fields of nursing; BN Adult Nursing, BN Mental Health Nursing, BN Learning Disabilities Nursing or BN Child Health Nursing.
Our courses have been developed to give both an academic qualification and the vocational training to become a registered nurse. Each three-year course leads to a degree and eligibility to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The theory of nursing is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group work and online support. There are organised sessions in a simulated environment (The Clinical Skills Centre) before going to placement in hospital or community settings within the Lothian and Borders area and for Child and Learning Disability placements can also be in Fife, Forth Valley, Dundee and Aberdeenshire. 50% of course content enables students to relate theory to real life practice. A nurse mentor, who is specifically trained, supports the student and assesses their achievements while in practice.
Additionally we offer the following courses that can be studied as part of a wider programme of study or as a stand-alone module:
Online course in supporting people living with and beyond cancer
Working with the Autism Spectrum (see below)
During the BM Midwifery course students focus on midwifery specific subject areas.
The BM Midwifery programme leads to eligibility to register as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Nursing and Midwifery (pre–registration) attract a non-means tested bursary, which in 2012 was £6,578 per annum.
Registered Nurses without a degree can study a part-time, top-up degree course – the flexibly managed programme. Academic credit is given for RN status. A wide variety of subjects enables students to tailor their degree to their clinical practice.
Subjects may also be studied individually for professional development purposes.
Our postgraduate courses include a range of Advanced Practice MSc qualifications from Cancer Care through to Neonatal Nursing and can enhance your career as a practitioner in the public, health and social care services as well as making a major contribution to your professional development.
Our Advanced Practice Masters programmes offer career advancement opportunities to ward staff and allied health professionals with some practical experience who are looking to develop new skills in order to move into specialist roles. The in-depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills is invaluable for some career routes.
Other courses, for example the Advanced Practice in Child Protection, provide opportunities for people working in police, social care or other aligned services outside of nursing to develop their skills. There is also non-medical prescribing and the preparation and practice of supervisors of Midwives.
The MSc in Health Administration suits a range of healthcare professionals enabling students to be innovative, provide leadership and prepare as professional health care managers. Critical appraisal of culturally relevant health and social policy is used to facilitate students achieve advanced levels of practice and influence decision making at local and strategic levels.