If you enjoy helping and caring for others and working with people, a career in nursing may be the right thing for you.
There are a great number of opportunities to specialise in many areas. We cover four branches of nursing in the Institute of Health Professions:
Start: January or September
Where: Wolverhampton, Walsall or Burton
Adult nurses are primarily concerned with nursing sick and injured adults back to health in both hospital and in community settings.
The focus of attention for an adult nurse is the patient. This involves understanding not only the condition from which he or she may be suffering, but recognising the needs and anxieties which may exist - including the pressures on family life and friends.The mark of the professional is the ability to observe and assess what is happening with a patient at any one time and to select the most effective response.
Find out more about our the BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing.
Start: January or September
Children's nursing is a rewarding career for those that wish to provide care to sick children or young people.
Children's nursing can involve caring for new-born babies in intensive care to looking after young people, whilst offering support to family members.
Children's nurses provide care across a wide range of needs from the sick new-born baby to the young person who has a chronic disease.
As a children's nurse you will be able to provide expert nursing care wherever children are which includes their home, school, a residential setting or in hospital.
Find out more about our BNurs (Hons) Children's Nursing.
The term ‘learning disabilities’ can apply to all age groups ranging from children with special needs e.g. Autistic Spectrum disorders, to adults with mental health needs or multiple-sensorial disabilities.
Learning disabilities' nurses help people who have a disability to maintain and improve their lifestyles and participate as equal members in the community.The vast majority of people with a learning disability live in the community with their families and participate and contribute to society like you and I do. Such individuals and their families are supported by a community nursing team who works with the family in supporting the person with a learning disability to lead as independent life as possible.
There are a number of people with a learning disability who require services such as 24 hour nursing care and support, respite care, usually to give their family a break for a few days from looking after them, and supported living schemes.
Other services include occupational/recreational services to enable the individual to access and use community services that we take for granted and schools and children services.
These services have the same objectives for people with learning disabilities; to promote independence, offer choices, to improve their quality of life and life chances, and to enable the person with a learning disability to achieve their aspirations to engage in citizenship in their local communities.
Start: January or September
Common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive states affect one in six people at any one time.
Mental health nurses care for people with mental health problems in hospitals and in the community. They help patients to overcome their ill health, or to come to terms with it, so they can lead as normal a life as possible. Severe and enduring mental health problems such as schizophrenia affect about one in 200 people each year.
Concerns about mental illness are such that the Government has given a high priority to this area, along with coronary heart disease and cancers.
Find out more about our BNurs (Hons) Mental Health Nursing.
This course, aimed at those wishing to enter the Nursing profession, will enable you to develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and skills in order to meet the NMC’s requirements for initial registration as an autonomous practitioner in adult nursing.
Find out more about the MScI Nursing
The MSc Nursing aims to develop you as a Registered Nurse (RN) to be a flexible and adaptable practitioner, enabling you to engage in new ways of working in relation to health care priorities, and lead and develop practice to ensure patient safeguarding.
Find out more about the MSc Nursing
If you have been out of nursing practice for three years or more you may be eligible to undertake the Return to Nursing course. Find out more about our Return to Nursing course or read our frequently asked questions.
Health visitors are passionate, inspiring individuals who have real influence within their role to make a difference to communities, children and young people. If you are interested in children and families and want to make a difference in people’s lives, then health visiting is the career for you.
You will play a fundamental role in the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme, preventing social exclusion and deprivation, reducing inequalities and tackling key health priorities, such as obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse among others. For more information on a career in Health Visiting visit the NHS West Midlands website.
For the those without a degree see BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) (Top Up) for more information and to apply.
If you have a health-related degree see Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) for more information and to apply.