Research Study is recruiting registered nurses and HCPs – PRISM: Professional Regulation In Social Media

Our OU HWSC academics Dr Gemma Ryan & Dr Marc Cornock and Vicky Cockerill at the University of Derby are conducting a research study into Professional Regulation In Social Media (PRISM).

Find out why to participate in the PRISM project and follow the survey link to participate

Are you a registered nurse or healthcare professional in the UK?

There are £10 Amazon e-vouchers available for participants who complete the first (15-20 minute) and second (shorter) survey.  

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Open University Nursing Curriculum Partnership Events

Our current nursing degrees meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) 2010 Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education. In 2016 the NMC started the process of developing new standards, which will be published in April/May 2018. We will deliver new degrees based on these standards from September 2019. For the first time we will offer learning disability nursing, as well as adult nursing and mental health.

From September 2017-January 2018, we ran seven curriculum partnership events and we were delighted that 195 people took part.  We held these events in Nottingham, Belfast, Leeds, Newcastle, Exeter, Tunbridge Wells and Winchester. We also held an afternoon session at the Annual Nursing Partnership Meeting in Scotland, conducted skype meetings with practice tutors and module tutors from across the UK, and held individual phone calls with service users/carers and alumni in Scotland.  A good mix of stakeholders attended our events, including employer representatives, mentors, OU practice tutors and module tutors, service users/carers, students and alumni.  Nation/locality and central academics attended each event.

Altogether, we have captured rich information that we are now using as we start planning the new programme. This report Stakeholder consultation report_final March 2018 provides a summary of all the discussions at our events, combined with information from the additional consultation activities.

Don’t forget it is National Apprenticeships week.  If you would like any further details regarding what apprenticeships we offer please go to the following links:

We also offer the Higher Apprentice Nursing Associate.

Thank you for your continued support Dr Lesley Baillie.  Senior Lecturer and Qualifications lead, Nursing

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Meet Jo Stevens, Stage 2 Student Nurse, Adult Nursing


Jo Stevens, currently at Stage 2 of the Pre-Registration Nursing programme within The Open University.

Employed in primary care within a GP surgery as a Health Care Assistant for the past 16 years.

Goal to work as a Practice Nurse when graduate in 2020

High point passing year 1 with a distinction

Low point scared about upcoming exam!!!

Hi, my name is Jo, currently established in year 2 of the Pre-Registration Nursing programme. I am currently in placement within an excellent District Nursing team. What an eye opener so different to my core base within general practice. The daily challenges of travelling, lone working, lack of equipment dressings etc (I am used to walking into a stocked cupboard), time constraints and never quite knowing what you are going to walk into is both thrilling and petrifying. One minute along with my mentor I have nursed dementia patients with complex wounds, shared a quiet moment with a dying patient, observed a blocked catheter then dealt with the referrals to GPs, safe guarding issues and protocols all in 1 day! I am loving the challenge and feel this is the benefit of the programme. Having the varied placements mixed within my core base give me the opportunities to broaden my knowledge and practical skills along with my studies.

Two years ago as a mature student I never believed I would be able to produce academic work and achieve along with the universities support good grades. Having the benefit of studying independently is perfect for my family life and my children have no excuse to not do their homework as I have to do mine!!!. Currently I am studying a Human Biology module which is fascinating, I am apprehensive about the upcoming exam but know with the excellent support the tutors provide with some hard work I should be able to achieve a good result.

2018 has lots of exciting challenges ahead, in June I have another placement within a local main hospital and further essays and projects to study and complete. In addition to the wealth of experience the tutors within the Open University bring to my studies I have the benefit of support from my employers who are all backing me in my progression to become a registered nurse.