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Monday, 20 June 2016

Sunderland opens School of Nursing with new BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice

Written by The Editorial Team

The University of Sunderland has announced the launch a new School of Nursing as well a new three-year BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice.

The new School of Nursing will be housed within the University’s Sciences Complex, home of its research laboratories and School of Pharmacy, though ambitious plans will see it expand into its own building in coming years.

The new three-year BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice is also the very first in the UK to be directly linked into a School of Pharmacy. Developing nurses’ skills and excellence in medicines management, ensuring medicines are being used correctly by patients, remains a serious issue in secondary and primary care. 

Sue Brent, Principal Lecturer and Health Team Leader at the University of Sunderland, said: “The new School of Nursing is the product of our close working relationship with Sunderland CARE Academy partners* and we’re very proud of what this collaboration has achieved.

“We’re all committed to working together to find effective solutions to health and patient care challenges and ensuring that patients in our region receive quality health care. It’s this focus that is at the heart of the Nursing course curriculum.

Importantly for the region, many of the newly qualified nurses will remain in the North East when they graduate – helping improve the health of residents and ultimately support economic growth and prosperity in the region.

Students will relate the taught nursing theory to clinical practice, spending half of their time on placement in a hospital or community healthcare setting, giving them the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to make the evidence informed decisions that employers need.

Graduates of the three-year BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice course will help meet the UK’s growing demand for highly qualified healthcare professionals in the NHS and care services. On successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse (Adult), and all are guaranteed an interview with an employer.

Sue concluded: “As a University we will ensure that any nurse graduating from our new course is fit both for purpose and practice, equipped with the necessary skills and values to deliver 21st century care.”

More information on the Adult Nursing Practice BSc (Hons) course is available here.

*CARE Academy partners include City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Patient and Carer Involvement (PCPI) members.