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OU Future Nurse Programmes

For over 17 years, we've delivered a highly successful work-based pre-registration nursing programme in partnership with healthcare employers.  From Autumn 2020, we introduced our exciting new Future Nurse curriculum to meet the new standards for nursing education published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2018).

Students can study one of four fields of nursing in preparation for entry to the NMC register.

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In Northern Ireland we work closely in partnership with all five Health and Social Care Trusts across Northern Ireland to produce the nurses of the future and address the shortage of nurses within Northern Ireland.

In 2016, The Open University also began working in partnership with the independent sector to offer student nursing places to Healthcare Assistants employed within independent nursing homes. 

Currently there are over 200 employees registered on the Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing programmes within both sectors and we have received a record high of 185 places for student nurses from the Department of Health.

Future Nurse Future Midwife Programme Webinar 2021

Looking at pathways into Nursing? We recently held a webinar dedicated to covering the key information you need to know when it comes to our Future Nurse Future Midwife Programme in Northern Ireland. 

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Webinar Recording

If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording at the link above. 

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Webinar Presentation

You can view the PowerPoint slides from the live webinar by dowloading the PDF. 

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If you have any questions about the Nursing programme make sure you check out our handy Frequently Asked Questions document.

Meet our student nurses

Meet Leona

Find out how Leona manages being a student nurse, working full-time and raising a family.

Meet David

Read about David's journey into nursing and how he is now giving back to the OU.