New fast-track courses respond to national nursing shortage

Nursing image generalA new fast-track route into nursing – the first of its kind in the West Midlands – has been launched by the University of Wolverhampton.

The Master of Adult Nursing (MAN) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (MMHN) postgraduate courses commence in April 2016, offering those with relevant undergraduate degrees the chance to undertake nurse training at a postgraduate level.

Both courses are two years of study, fast-tracked from the standard three year maximum level of study for nursing across universities, meaning graduates are able to enter the nursing profession faster.

Applicants without previous health care experiences will work in practice for six months from the start of the course, allowing them to understand the role and resilience required for the nursing profession before moving into study to develop their clinical, leadership and analytical skills.

Clare Corness-Parr, Head of Adult Nursing, Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We recognise that there is a local and national shortage of nurses and the courses have been developed as a response to this, in conjunction with our Trust partners. This country needs qualified nurses at all levels and the two Masters programmes will produce nurses with the  requisite caring skills, but also with a higher, analytical level to influence and improve patient care through research in practice. It gives the opportunity for highly motivated health-related graduates to advance their careers within the nursing profession.

“Qualified nurses may also want to consider the courses if they wish to specialise in adult or mental health nursing as a second registration, as we acknowledge that all nurses need to be able to respond to both physical and mental health needs.

“The courses will create nurses with the clinical and leadership skills to evaluate data that will result in the best possible patient care. Both pathways lead to professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)  as Registered Nurse status in their chosen field of adult or mental health nursing and a Master’s degree qualification’’

Sheila Dixon, Head of Mental Health, Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, added: “This is an excellent opportunity for nurses to meet current and future challenges in care provision. We are very proud that the Master of Adult Nursing and Master of Mental Health Nursing courses were commended at recent validation by the NMC and the University of Wolverhampton for the excellence skills of the staff who have developed the course, the strong links with Trust partners, and the involvement of service users/carers, students and practice partners in helping to develop both courses. These are the first courses of their type in the West Midlands region.”

Professor Linda Lang, Dean, Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, said: “These new Masters courses are designed with our partners, to respond to the local, regional and national need for more, excellent nurses. The University’s Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing values its partnerships with NHS Trusts and other health providers; these developments are evidence of our mutual ongoing commitment  to enhancing patient care.”

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