Composition of the course
Learning takes place in a variety of settings within the University and clinical practice areas. 50% of time is spent on theory related to practice and 50% of time is spent in practice relating relevant theory. You will spend blocks of time either in the clinical practice area or University. Holidays are set for the three years, so you know when you are able to take a break and holidays cannot be taken outside of these set periods.
During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include evenings, weekends, bank holidays and night duty.
As a full-time student you are expected to participate in extra sessions, particularly for library and study support workshops, tutorials and to engage with self-directed study during the time you are not in lectures.
Whilst in practice placements you will be supported, guided and inspired by practice mentors who have a range of experiences and skills to nurture your learning.
The academic teaching team comprises experienced practitioners registered with the relevant statutory regulatory body as well as qualified lecturers in higher education. They are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the course.
The course is offered by the School of Nursing which is committed to the delivery of evidence-based practice and staff use their subject expertise in the content and delivery of learning and teaching. Members of the school are actively engaged in scholarship and knowledge exchange, through conference presentations, workshops, and publications, for example, which informs their teaching. Staff publications are available via Create - the University’s open access, repository.
In addition, a number of school members are actively engaged in clinical research. The teaching team also have a wide range of expertise in innovative learning and teaching techniques such as online and blended learning.
Where students have produced work of exceptional quality they are encouraged to publish their work, with the help and support of their personal tutors.
"You truly have been an inspiring lecturer but most importantly you have been a supportive, kind and approachable personal tutor. The past three years have had both ups and downs but you have always supported us through each and every stage. I am proud to say you were my personal tutor. I am looking forward to seeing you at graduation.”
To progress from one year to the next all theory and practice assessments must be passed.
During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.
Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.
Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.