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Hey, I’m currently a 2nd year student MH Nurse at BCU. Happy to answer any questions for anybody who might be applying to do Mental Health nursing or already studying.
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Hey, I’m currently a 2nd year student MH Nurse at BCU. Happy to answer any questions for anybody who might be applying to do Mental Health nursing or already studying.
hii, I was interested in studying MH nursing but im quite stuck between adult nursing and mental health, if u don't mid me asking what career do you want to go into after u graduate?
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So before I even applied I always knew I wanted to do MH Nursing. But that’s where some unis differ. At BCU your course pathway is chosen from the start whereas I know other unis allow you to do a general nursing pathway for first year, then you specialise in 2nd year. Mental health nursing often doesn’t get the same respect as adult nursing but it’s what most interested me and is what I could see myself doing as career. It’s really down to you and what you prefer and what your skill sets are. I’ll be honest I don’t think everyone has the emotional resilience to be a MH nurse.
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So before I even applied I always knew I wanted to do MH Nursing. But that’s where some unis differ. At BCU your course pathway is chosen from the start whereas I know other unis allow you to do a general nursing pathway for first year, then you specialise in 2nd year. Mental health nursing often doesn’t get the same respect as adult nursing but it’s what most interested me and is what I could see myself doing as career. It’s really down to you and what you prefer and what your skill sets are. I’ll be honest I don’t think everyone has the emotional resilience to be a MH nurse.
ohh thats cool , so do u have to do placement on your course or is that later on in the third year?
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Placements take place throughout the course- how the uni structures that is up to them. NMC requires that all students complete 2300 placement hours by the end of the course. At BCU I did two 10 week placements in first year, and have currently done 8 weeks for 2nd year, I have to do another 12 weeks to complete 2nd year in September. I have had some really great placements and have already built professional relationships with other nurses and got an informal job offer from my most recent placement.
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Hi, I’m hoping to start Mental Health Nursing in Jan 2021 at BCU. Really excited about it! Was wondering how the placements work? Are the hours different dependent on your placement? I have two children so just thinking ahead to plan around them.
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Placements take place throughout the course- how the uni structures that is up to them. NMC requires that all students complete 2300 placement hours by the end of the course. At BCU I did two 10 week placements in first year, and have currently done 8 weeks for 2nd year, I have to do another 12 weeks to complete 2nd year in September. I have had some really great placements and have already built professional relationships with other nurses and got an informal job offer from my most recent placement.
ohhh cool, do u get paid whilst working on placement?
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Hi, I’m hoping to start Mental Health Nursing in Jan 2021 at BCU. Really excited about it! Was wondering how the placements work? Are the hours different dependent on your placement? I have two children so just thinking ahead to plan around them.
It will depend on your placement. If it’s a community placement you’ll be expected to attend 9-5 Monday-Friday. If it’s a ward it would be in shift patterns. Some ward managers will be flexible and let you pick your own shifts, in other cases they may assign you a rota they expect you to abide by.
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ohhh cool, do u get paid whilst working on placement?
Unfortunately student nurses don’t get paid for placements but they are re-introducing a £5000 student bursary in September.
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Hey, I’m currently a 2nd year student MH Nurse at BCU. Happy to answer any questions for anybody who might be applying to do Mental Health nursing or already studying.
Hi,

I’m hoping to start a different course Jan 2021, did your course start in January? I’m just wondering when about you got your timetable x
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We got given our academic timetable for the first term about a month before the course started, then once we started the course we were given the full timetable for the whole year.
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Hey, I’m currently a 2nd year student MH Nurse at BCU. Happy to answer any questions for anybody who might be applying to do Mental Health nursing or already studying.
Hi there
How is the placement on mental health course? Is ot same as adult nursing? I have a family as-well so really worried about placement etc. Do u get any time for family?
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Hi, I’m hoping to start Mental Health Nursing in Jan 2021 at BCU. Really excited about it! Was wondering how the placements work? Are the hours different dependent on your placement? I have two children so just thinking ahead to plan around them.
Hi Nickilij25,

I'm in the same boat as you were last year. How are you finding the placements and working them round your kids? I'm really interested in nursing but worried that I might be biting off more then I can chew with the placements so I'm trying to get as much info as I can before I take the leap!
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Hi.. would like to know how many hours of uni per day/week is there and how many hours of placement
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Hi.. would like to know how many hours of uni per day/week is there and how many hours of placement
Usually blocks of theory then blocks of placement, e.g. 6-8 weeks in uni then 6-10 weeks' placement then back to uni for theory etc.
Uni time - usually 9-4 Mon-Fri, anything up to 5 days especially in 1st term then getting down to a couple of days in final year.
Placements - normally 37.5 hours a week. Anything from 9-5 Mon-Fri to 24/7 care where you can be doing anything from 6-8 hour half days to 12-13 hours days/nights.
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