To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.
Important: Occupational Health
You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus between 26 and 29 September.
Can we remind you that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH and failure to meet this requirement could result in your place on the programme being jeopardised. If you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England as you cannot fully enrol.
To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.
Please let us know if you’re unable to attend your allocated slot, 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. At such short notice, the OH and School team will try to provide a subsequent appointment, but it’s likely that it would be at the OH department based in Wigan and it’s your responsibility to ensure that you attend.
Please note that most of our placement settings will 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.
Your online session – Monday 22 August, 10am – 10:45am
During this optional virtual session, your department will go through your Induction Week timetable in more detail and will be available to answer any questions you may have about your Induction Week.
Virtual Induction Q&A – Friday 23 September
These sessions are optional final Q&A sessions for any induction related queries you may have.
To read full details about your programme please view the course pages for MSc Nursing (Pre-Registration Learning Disabilities).
Nursing is an extremely rewarding and unique profession that involves a diverse range of skills and attributes, including being able to work independently and as part of a multi-professional team.
It is so varied it is not always easy to say what the role of the nurse is, and there are many definitions that you will come across such as Henderson’s 1966 definition
“The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge“ (Henderson, 1966, p15).
Although an old definition Henderson highlights that nursing is not just about helping people to get better, but stresses that the nurse is someone who works in partnership with patients/clients, in today’s society this part of the role is even more relevant.
Getting better, staying healthy, promoting independence and end of life care is largely dependent upon the intervention of intelligent, sensitive nursing and your role will be to work with patients and their families to deliver high quality effective care.
As a qualified nurse you will need to be able to demonstrate leadership, management, team work and clinical decision-making skills as well as provide care, comfort and support to people in real need.
Your nursing programme has been designed to give you all of the above skills as well as many others and ensure that upon qualifying you will be fit for purpose and fit for practice at the point of registration, allowing you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and begin a career that will be Dynamic, Challenging, Diverse, Rewarding and more importantly a Privilege.
You may want to have a look at your regulatory body’s website, the Nursing and Midwifery Council which will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.
Suggested reading and materials
Before you begin, you can prepare for your modules 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 and access to electronic resources but having one good textbook at the start will be of great benefit to you.
Click here to view your recommended Reading List:
Other things you will need when you start:
- Note pad
- Fob watch with second hand
- A4 Ring Binder
- Mini Dictionary for Nurses
Caring for people can be very complicated and whilst you will learn a lot of skills and knowledge in University, it is only when you are working in practice that you will be able to consolidate your knowledge and develop your skills.
As an Edge Hill University student nurse you will be allocated a variety of practice placement areas, to enable you to gain a rich experience of how health care is delivered across both NHS and Non NHS services. The practice placement experience of Edge Hill University students has been voted best in the country for two years running in the National Student Survey.
Our main practice placement providers include:
- University Hospitals Aintree
- Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust
- Alder Hey Childrens Hospital
- The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
- Other hospitals within the Merseyside and Cheshire area
- A variety of independent and voluntary providers within Cheshire and Merseyside.
To help you make the most of your time in the practice areas a hub and spoke approach is adopted to ensure a rich and diverse exposure to client groups.
Areas where you will gain this experience may include:
- Acute NHS Trusts
- Independent/Private hospitals
- Nursing Homes
- GP surgeries
- Walk-in centres
Please remember that there will be a requirement for you to travel to and from your placement area.