To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
Important: Occupational Health
You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus. The clinics will be held within the first weeks of you starting the course (dates are yet to be finalised).
Please remember that it is 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 [email protected] 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.
Most of our placement settings will 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.
This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.
Before you begin, you can prepare for your ‘years of study’ by reviewing some of the core texts recommended below. You are not expected to buy all of the books as Edge Hill University has an extensive library service and access to electronic resources, but having one good text-book at the start will be of great benefit to you. At Ormskirk, the library and learning services can be found in the Catalyst.
- BACH, S. and GRANT,B., 2015. Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Nursing. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Learning Matters.
- BARBER, P. and ROBERTSON, D., 2020. Essentials of pharmacology for nurses. 4th ed. Berkshire: Open University Press.
- BOORE, J., SHEPHERD N. and COOK A., 2016. Essentials of anatomy and physiology for nursing practice. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
- DIMOND, B., 2015. Legal Aspects of Nursing. 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
Learning Disability Nursing
- ATHERTON, H, L. and CRICKMORE, D, J., 2011. Learning disabilities: Towards Inclusion. 6th ed. London: Churchill Livingstone.
- ATKINSON, S., and LAY, J., 2015. Intellectual disability in health and social care. Oxon: Routledge.
- GATES, B., FEARNS, D. and WELCH, J., 2015. Learning disability nursing at a glance. West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.
- HARDY, S., CHAPLIN, E. and WOODWARD, P., 2016. Supporting the physical health needs of people with learning disabilities: A handbook for professionals, support staff and families, Hove: Pavillion.
- TALBOT, P., ASTBURY, G., and Mason, T., 2010. Key concepts in learning disabilities. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
- BURNS, D., 2019. Foundations of adult nursing. 2nd ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
- ELCOK, K. and Wright, W., 2019. Essentials of adult nursing. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
- LE MAY, A., 2017. Rapid adult nursing. West Sussex: John Wiley and Sons.
- NICOL, J. and HOLLOWOOD, L., 2019. Nursing adults with long term conditions. 3rd ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
- TAIT, D., JAMES, J., WILLIAMS, C. and BARTON D., 2015. Acute and critical care in adult nursing. 2nd ed. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Mental Health Nursing
- CHAMBERS, M., 2017. Psychiatric and mental health nursing: The craft of caring. 3rd ed. Oxen: Routledge.
- KELTNER, N. and STEELE, D., 2018. Psychiatric nursing. London: Mosby.
- NORMAN, I. and RYRIE., I., 2018. The art and science of mental health nursing: Principles and practice. 4th ed. London: Open University Press.
- PILGRIM, D., 2019. Key concepts in mental health. 5th ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
- WRYCRAFT, N., 2015. Assessment and care planning in mental health nursing. London: Open University Press.
- ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT GROUP., 2016. Advanced paediatric life support: A practical approach to emergencies. 6th ed. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
- CARTER, B., BRAY, L., DICKINSON, A., EDWARDS, M., and FORD, K., 2014. Child-centred nursing: Promoting critical thinking. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
- CARTER, B. and SIMONS, J., 2014. Stories of children’s pain: Linking evidence to practice. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
- KYLE, T. and CARMAN, S., 2016. Essentials of paediatric nursing. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- LAMBERT, L., LONG, T. and KELLEHER, D., 2012. Communication skills for children’s nurses. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Before you begin you will need:
- A fob watch with second hand
- Mini Dictionary for Nurses
- Access to the British National Formulary (BNF)
- Department of Health and Social Care
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
- World Health Organization
Things to do now
The Nursing and Midwifery Council will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.
This is a two-year foundation degree that will offer you perspectives on health, ill health, health promotion and protection, life sceinces and nursing practice in a range of settings. The programme will prepare you to be a Registered Nursing Associate who will be able to deliver compassionate and effective evidence-based care to a wide range of clients in both hospital and community settings across the lifespan.
You will be given the opportunity to achieve national proficiencies that relate to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Standards of Proficiency for Nursing Associates.
Shortly after you start with us in September, you will have a week-long induction to introduce and familiarise you with University life.
Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:
Additional ways to prepare
Preparing to start
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