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MSci Nursing (All fields) course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your MSci Nursing (All fields) studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Pre-course events

In-person

These events give you the opportunity to meet your tutors and other applicants, learn about placements, and find out more details about the course.

The pre-course day is not compulsory, but we recommend you attend if you can. This event takes place on our Ormskirk campus in the Faculty of Health on:

Online

This is your opportunity to go through the induction timetable for your programme and ask any questions you may have. This is an optional online session and you don’t need to book your place in advance.

Your final Q&A

You’re also invited to the following online event before your course begins:
Friday 27 September. AM and PM event options.
Two time slots are available for this session. You only need to join one session if you have any questions and you don’t need to pre-book this session.

Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health (OH) appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus. The clinics will be held within the first weeks of when you start the course (dates are yet to be finalised).

Please remember that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH. If you don’t meet this requirement your place on the programme could be jeopardised. It’s also important to remember that if you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to fully enrol on your course. This could then mean you can’t access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England.

So, to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

If you’re unable to attend your allocated time slot, you must contact us, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email AskNursingMidwifery@edgehill.ac.uk or call the team on 01695 650946. The OH and School team will try to provide another appointment, but this is likely to be at the OH department based in Wigan and you will need to make sure that you attend.

Some of our placement settings may also require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance. Unfortunately, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Professional Standards

The regulatory body for the MSci Nursing programmes is the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The NMC have produced standards of proficiency that have to be met in order for you to be able to register, practice and remain registered as a nurse. The NMC are the professional regulatory council for Nurses and Midwives in the UK and Nurse associates in England. They do not register any other professions under their regulations.

What do the NMC do?

  • They maintain the register of Nurses and Midwives who meet the requirements for registration in the UK
  • Set the requirements of professional education that supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for entry to, or annotation on, our register
  • Investigate serious concerns about nurses, midwives and nursing associates fitness to practice and take action if needed
  • Shape the practice of professionals in developing and promoting standards including the code, and lifelong learning through revalidation

Your tasks – to be completed

We will be looking at professional standards and professionalism in much more detail during the first two weeks of your programme. Make a note of any questions you have, we would love to hear them.

Task one
Task two
Task three

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a selection of books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest the following:

Core texts
Learning Disability Nursing
Adult Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Children’s Nursing

Suggested materials for your course

Things to do now

The Nursing and Midwifery Council provides detailed information about the professional codes and standards.

This MSci degree provides the opportunity for you to gain a comprehensive education in nursing and develop into a confident, autonomous, compassionate and research-aware practitioner, in the field of nursing. The programme includes an exploration of leadership and management in healthcare and will enable you to critically evaluate evidence to inform decision making and apply analytical and creative problem-solving approaches to complex situations. You will be fully equipped with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to deliver excellent care as a nursing professional.

As an MSci student, you will work towards the same professional nursing requirements as undergraduate level students. However, as you will be undertaking a higher level of study, there will be more emphasis on independent learning. The course comprises of an equal balance of theory and practice-based learning.

Learning whilst undertaking the MSci Pre-registration Nursing Programme requires enhanced critical thinking skills, as well as being able to hold a supported, substantive argument and critically analyse sources or data.

In preparation for this course you will need to build upon the foundations of these skills, so that you can prepare yourself for the challenges of embarking on level 7 studies.

Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:

Meet your programme lead

Your programme lead Jennifer Lowndes has put together a short welcome video. You can email Jennifer at lowndesj@edgehill.ac.uk

Watch video