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Course summary

Playing a huge part in day-to-day healthcare, the role of a nurse is deeply rewarding. Becoming a nurse is so much more than a career, it’s a vocation. Taught at NTU in Mansfield, the core NHS values of care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment are embedded in our teaching. Through our flexible curriculum and blended learning approach, you’ll develop the core knowledge, skills and attributes needed for a successful career in nursing – both at home and abroad. You’ll have the chance to complete care-based work placements – putting into practice your theoretical skills. Taught by a team of experienced healthcare practitioners and with the additional input of service users and carer groups, you’ll learn from the very best on your journey towards becoming a Registered Mental Health Nurse.

Modules

Year One Core Modules Introduction to Nursing Practice This module introduces you to the values and responsibilities of mental health nursing, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You’ll cover a wide range of key foundational areas – from professional accountability to reflective practice and emotional intelligence. You’ll also create your own professional portfolio, whilst getting to grips with the basics of academic writing and research. This module is the perfect introduction to your studies in person-centred mental health care. Integrative Nursing Practice On this module, you’ll build on your general healthcare knowledge with learning that’s specific to mental health nursing. You’ll focus on the biological, psychological and social processes that maintain people’s health, as you learn from experts who’ve worked throughout the sector. You’ll also study body systems to help you understand physiology and development. This module gives some valuable context and background to the key role nurses play in alleviating mental health problems. It will help you to understand the various drivers of mental health problems. Foundations of Applied Nursing Practice This module sharpens your therapeutic nursing skills – you’ll continue to work on your own reflective practice as you build up your independence and confidence. Through a range of practical sessions and workshops, you’ll learn how to deliver fundamental nursing care, whilst developing your communication skills. Year Two Core Modules Evidence in Nursing Practice To begin your second-year studies, we’ll be exploring research methods and evidence-based practice in greater detail. This will help you to understand how evidence – alongside clinical expertise – drives quality in mental health nursing care and service development. Biopsychosocial Approaches in Nursing Practice This module explores a number of social and psychological models, helping you to understand a wide range of perspectives on the development of mental distress in different populations. You will also study anatomy, physiology and body systems, as well as the effect of medications on the body. Applied Nursing Practice in Complex Care You’ll round off your second-year studies with a deeper look at delivering care to individuals with complex needs – as well as their families. To do this, you’ll explore a range of therapeutic skills within the classroom, our simulation environment, and real-world practice settings. Through this, you’ll develop your understanding of the kinds of interventions – such as psychological therapeutic techniques – that can improve service users’ health. Year Three Core Modules Innovating and Improving Healthcare Practice This module looks at the strategies that help mental health nurses to maintain and improve quality in healthcare – including a focus on managing change within the healthcare setting. You’ll also develop your knowledge of evidence-based nursing practice to a deeper level: with the support of our academic team, you’ll undertake an independent written project to generate your own recommendations for healthcare practice education or research. Leadership in Nursing The module examines the role and responsibilities of registered mental health nurses as leaders in healthcare, and mangers of interprofessional teams. You’ll examine the key concepts that underpin successful leadership, drawing on the reflective skills you’ve developed throughout the course to develop your own leadership style. This will prepare you effectively for the role of Practice Supervisor, following your qualification. Leading and Managing Applied Nursing Care This final module consolidates everything you’ve learned throughout the course – allying the hands-on experience you’ve developed on placement to the theoretical and academic skills you’ve acquired in the classroom. With this approach, you’ll be fully prepared to practice as a registered mental health nurse.

Assessment method

This is a multi-disciplinary programme, and you’ll be assessed through a range of methods and activities. These include: OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) – practical demonstrations of your hands-on nursing skills in a simulated environment observations by Practice Educators of your competency in practice an ePortfolio (PebblePad) case studies reflective accounts presentations essays multiple-choice and short-answer exams simulated multi-disciplinary meetings your own independent nursing project


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
B761
Institution code:
N91
Campus name:
Mansfield
Campus code:
9

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Interview

Other

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the course. This is the minimum age requirement set by our placement providers. If you will be under 18 at the start of the course, your application may be declined, or you may be offered the opportunity to defer your application until next year.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £17150 Year 1
International £17150 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Nursing (Mental Health) at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS