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‘I’m learning and earning and getting the best of both worlds’ – more places available to study nursing with the OU in Wales

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The Open University in Wales has announced that even more spaces are available on its prestigious nursing degree scheme, which allows healthcare assistants to study flexibly for a nursing degree while continuing to work in their local hospital or care home. 

The nursing degree is entering its third year since opening its virtual doors to future registered nurses across Wales. Originally, 40 spaces were allocated in 2018/19, which increased to 80 in 2020/21. In 2021/20, 100 spaces will be available. 

“Our nursing degree allows students to study flexibly alongside their job, mixing theory and practice,” explains staff tutor Linda Walker. “This means they can stay in the hospital where they work without having to change location to study. This is good news for their community, service users and their friends and family.”

“Now that we have more spaces, we’re keen that more prospective nurses apply to join us. Any healthcare assistants who are interested should speak to their line manager or HR department as soon as they can.”

“The nursing degree curriculum at the Open University meets the new Future Nurse Curriculum Standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council,” adds Majella Kavanagh, who also works as a staff tutor for the OU in Wales. “This will give students everything they need to work as a nurse and begin an exciting career in one of the most rewarding professions there is.”

“Our students come from all corners of Wales, from all Health Boards and Trusts. As of last year, from some private providers as well. Seeing the students succeed is what keeps us going, even during this incredibly challenging time for healthcare in Wales. We had a 96% retention rate last year, which is a fantastic reflection on our students, staff and workplace supervisors and managers. We look forward to welcoming even more students to the programme.”

The OU in Wales offers pathways to all four practice disciplines: Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing. The programme is delivered through standalone modules embedded within a professional programme, combining both practice and academic learning. Candidates apply via their employers who work closely with the nursing team during the selection and recruitment process.

My week is basically 16-hours of placement work which is all paid, an eight-hour study day at home which is also paid and then a 12-hour shift doing my normal work. I then have three days off. It works brilliantly and I’m learning and earning and getting the best of both worlds….[my employer] as a care organisation just have it right.

Amy, student nurse

The OU in Wales nursing team have recently published their latest annual report, which is available here.

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