Modern nursing requires a significant degree of underpinning knowledge combined with practical skills. Nurses need effective communication skills and a caring and compassionate nature as well as respect for the dignity and safety of other. They require the ability to work flexibly and autonomously within a team which may comprise a number of other professionals from medicine, therapies and social work.
Candidates need to demonstrate a strong educational profile and a clear commitment to their chosen nursing field.
GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science at Grade A-C.
Candidates also require a minimum of: BBC at A2 level
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Please note: candidates will be expected to participate in group discussions and team work during interviews.
All applicants need to demonstrate success at study in the previous three to five years.
Although no specific subjects are required at A Level, it is beneficial to study health or science related courses.
Care experience can be helpful but is not essential and all candidates will be expected to demonstrate a detailed understanding of mental health nursing.
Any offer of a place will require:
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check).
Occupational Health Check .
Satisfactory character reference.
Availability of an NHS bursary.
Year 1 (Level 4)
HE Level 4 Degree / HECert
Manual Handling 1
Violence & Aggression Passport 1
Learning to Learn in Higher Education and Clinical Practice
Introduction to Professional Practice
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
What is Nursing? (Mental Health)
Developing Nursing Knowledge (Mental Health)
Year 2 (Level 5)
HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip
Manual Handling 2
Violence & Aggression Passport 2
Developing the Practice of Nursing
Health Promotion and Public Health (Mental Health)
Acute Care (Mental Health)
Long-Term Conditions & Palliative Care (Mental Health)
Year 3 (Level 6)
HE Level 6 Degree / Honours
Manual Handling 3
Violence & Aggression Passport 3
Consolidating the Practice of Nursing
Managing Complex Care in Rapidly Changing Situations (Mental Health)
Advancing Professional Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
Leadership and Management (Mental Health)
99% of mental health nursing students from Swansea University are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.
Mental health nurses help people of all ages and backgrounds to cope with life challenges. As your career develops you may choose to specialise in areas such as elderly care, crisis intervention or substance misuse. You could also become involved in education, research, or management roles.
Nursing is a unique occupation and offers you a chance to help others when they need it most. There has never been a more exciting time to join the nursing profession. The number and variety of roles is extensive. Registered nurses can work in a variety of environments including hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics, nursing and residential homes, occupational health services, voluntary organisations, armed forces and industry.
Recent graduates now work locally as ward managers, staff nurses and as community nurses.
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