Become a nurse ‑ a profession you can be really proud of

NURSES are at the front line of patient care within our communities. They are at the heart of the NHS and play a vital role within countless healthcare settings.

Care continues to be at the very core of a nurse’s responsibility but the demand for greater clinical skills, knowledge and expertise is increasing.

Training to be a nurse has entered a new era with the undergraduate nursing degree. In the past this was an extendable option for trainees or those newly qualified but it is now the only route into the nursing profession.

New generation nurses require a high level qualification that demonstrates their ability, clinical knowledge as well as practical skills.

All this can be within your grasp if you choose to enter the world of nursing or midwifery with the University of Nottingham. Find out about the new BSc (Hons) Nursing course and BMid (Hons) Midwifery course.

Two open days have been organised to give potential trainees the chance to find out more about the course. The first one will be held at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham tomorrow (Saturday) and visitors will have to pre-book to attend as there is a fixed programme.

The second one is at King’s Mill Hospital a week tomorrow (Saturday May 26). Visitors can just turn up at this event. It runs from 10.30 am to 1pm but make sure you arrive n o later than 11.30 am to benefit from the information available.

Don’t miss the opportunity to talk to staff and students representing midwifery and each of the different fields of nursing practice and ask the necessary questions to determine if this is the right career path for you.

Presentations and clinical skills demonstrations will take place throughout the morning giving information about the various expectations and opportunities training in these professions bring.

There will also be the chance to access information about the range of entry requirements, funding status and how to apply through UCAS.

Training to be a nurse and a midwife has entered a new era with the undergraduate nursing and midwifery degrees.

New generation nurses and midwives require a high-level qualification that demonstrates their ability, clinical knowledge as well as practical skills.

A nursing and midwifery degree creates greater career opportunities to develop into specialist areas, research or management.

It also opens more doors for personal development, career diversity and ambition beyond what was previously accessible.

The entry requirements must now consist of a minimum or be equivalent to three A levels at grades BCC to BBB, plus five GCSE grades A-C (English, mathematics and a science subject must be included). For midwifery a science A level will be required.

The university will also accept a range of equivalent alternative qualifications, such as the Access to HE Diploma and the BTEC Extended Diploma.

The degree is equally divided between classroom based theory and work placements. Each student receives a broad based experience in a variety of healthcare settings.

The theory teaching will take place either at the Nottingham or Derby campuses but some practical placements may suit North Notts candidates by being situated with Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust at Kings Mill and other locations.

Student nurses and midwives benefit from The Department of Health paying their course fees along with a new package of financial support which will take effect from September 2012.

Students will receive a small non-means tested grant of £1,000, a means tested bursary of up to £4,395 and a reduced rate non-means tested loan of up to £2,324.

There has never been a better time to enter the world of healthcare through a nursing or midwifery degree course with the University of Nottingham. Attend the open oay and it could be the start of something special.

For information about the open oays, including parking and location, contact the Mansfield Education Centre on 01623 465600. Alternatively log on to www.nottingham.ac.uk/nursing/open-days