You’ve got to be prepared that you will change as a person enormously. I don’t think any of us are the same as we were when we started... I think you learn a lot about yourself and what you can deal with and that’s really valuable.
During the programme you will undertake a variety of clinical experiences predominately in the Bradford, Airedale and Craven districts, consisting of practice placements lasting between 6 and 12 weeks.
You will be allocated a Mentor on each placement who has undertaken a professionally recognised Mentorship preparation award.
You may also be allocated an associate mentor depending upon the placement.
Mentors are there to support and educate you during your practice placement, helping you to integrate the theoretical knowledge gained into effective/ appropriate practice.
They will supervise your work and assess your progress during and at the end of the placement.
We also have a Practice Education Support Team (PEST) that provides a link between practice placement areas and the University.
The team are there to offer Mentor support and guidance to ensure and enhance your learning in practice.
There is also an opportunity to undertake an elective placement at the end of Year 2 which can include experience abroad, for example Finland, Belgium and Denmark.
Learning and assessment
The programme is framed around four core concepts:
- direct clinical/patient care
- leadership and collaborative practice
- improving quality
- developing practice and developing self and others
These are common to all fields of nursing and represent the NMC domains (NMC 2010). The core concepts form a framework of key content which is revisited across the three years, progressing from an introduction and broad understanding of concepts, to complex in-depth application of concepts applied to nursing.
The intention is to facilitate your development by introducing you to the fundamental knowledge and skills centred on core and field subjects required to meet the health needs of all patient/client groups, whilst ensuring you develop the specific in-depth knowledge and skills to meet the complex health needs of people from your chosen field of practice. However, you will not only learn about and become competent nursing patients/clients in your own field of nursing but you will also become confident in nursing patients/clients who have an additional condition related to other fields of nursing. For example; learning to work with patients/service users with problems associated with your own field of nursing but who also have a learning disability.