The Bachelor of Mental Health Nursing (BN) aims to prepare you for life as a confident and knowledgeable mental health nurse. By fully engaging with this degree, you will develop critical abilities, skills and competencies to deliver high quality nursing care in a rapidly changing environment.
Mental health nurses offer support with a variety of mental health conditions, working with individuals, families and carers. They may specialise in children and young people, older people or working age adults. Our course is designed to develop practitioners with the skills and knowledge to work in a dynamic health care environment. As a dedicated student, you will learn about promoting health, preventing illness and delivering high quality holistic care.
While you will specialise in mental health nursing from the start of the course, the integrated nature of teaching means you will learn with those studying children's nursing and adult nursing. Sharing ideas between disciplines will broaden your perspective on health care, and help to sharpen your focus on your own field.
You will be taught by motivated and knowledgeable lecturers in the field of mental health nursing, and have opportunities to work in hospitals and homes.
Our aim is to produce mental health nurses who can work independently. We will nurture your ability to deliver a high standard of essential and complex care, using evidence based practice and modern technologies. You should grow confident in performing roles including practitioner, educator, leader and researcher, ultimately becoming a mental health nurse who is 'fit for purpose' and 'fit for practice'.
This degree will lead to eligibility to register with the NMC as a Mental Health Nurse. On qualification, you can work in a range of healthcare settings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
During your application to the course you will be required to demonstrate that you meet the NMC good health and character, fitness to practise requirements. This will be achieved by providing a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory health screening prior to enrolment on this course, which is conducted independently by the University's Occupational Health Department. Full guidance on this will be provided at application stage.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants because of its association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.
The distinctive features of the course include:
During year two, there is an opportunity to undertake a practice learning opportunity in a different environment, either within the UK or overseas. Practice learning opportunities will fulfil requirements and guidance as defined by the NMC (2010), and maintain your safety, enabling you to undertake a self-selected placement within a health or social care learning environment.
Highly-equipped skills laboratories in our Clinical Simulation Suite enable realistic ward, community, home and emergency simulations. Lifelike simulations mean you can safely practice and develop essential skills, developing your confidence and expertise.
The School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health and Care Professions Council in occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy, diagnostic radiography and imaging and radiotherapy and oncology. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.
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