Did you know you can train to be a nurse with The Open University! Not many people do – so we’re trying to spread the word.
Here are some facts about OU student nurses:
They all study and work in healthcare jobs at the same time as their studies, and some are also caring for their families, be it young children, caring responsibilities for other family members or elderly parents, never mind everything else that comes up in life.
From Fermanagh to Antrim to Newry, OU student nurses are spread the length and breadth of Northern Ireland, with OU student nurses in every hospital in Northern Ireland and some in the private sector nursing homes.
91% of our students are satisfied or more than satisfied with their course, and the OU is ranked eighth in the UK among all universities offering nursing degrees. We are also the top university in Northern Ireland for overall student satisfaction.
We train 185 student nurses every year through funding from the Department of Health in the Northern Ireland executive – and all are supported by their employer, whether that be a HSC Trust or a private nursing care organisation. Organisations can invest in their workforce and ‘grow their own’ registered nurses with the OU.
Our student nurses complete their degree over four years in a flexible way – it’s work-based but is supported by open learning – with online and tutor support.
OU student nurses work in many areas with our future nurse programme covering:
Since it began in 2002, more than 1500 nurses have qualified across the UK through our OU nursing degree.
Many of our students choose the OU over traditional universities offering nurse training because it better fits their needs. This may be because they need to work while they train, it is better geographically, or perhaps they need to work around their personal circumstances
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