Mental health nurses work with patients suffering from a wide range of conditions, from psychological to personality disorders. Frequently, mental health nursing is less concerned with curing illness than it is with supporting patients and their families and helping them to cope.
This degree is designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical practice, with a focus on pastoral and academic support. The aim is for graduates to be well prepared to help shape future healthcare provision in the complex, demanding and rewarding area of mental health.
Students are encouraged to become professional, ethical and competent nurses with critical-thinking skills and the confidence to review and improve standards of care for patients.
This course is offered over three academic years, each consisting of 45 weeks of study. Student learning is focussed around four key areas: professional values; communication and interpersonal skills; nursing practice and decision-making; and leadership, management and team working. These are studied with increasing complexity over the degree. The course aims to equip students with the skills to deliver essential care, progressing to assessing care needs and making and justifying informed decisions.
A combination of lectures, seminars, practical work and placements offer a robust education in contemporary nursing practice. This course shares several core modules with the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree, with additional optional modules enabling you to choose areas of interest to you.
You can study a range of issues relevant to mental health and social inclusion, such as age, cultural perceptions and isolation. You are encouraged to embrace positive change, partnership working and the development of independent judgement and problem-solving skills.
Nursing practice in the 21st Century is becoming increasingly demanding. Nurses play a key role, through their work in primary and secondary care settings, restoring and promoting health, supporting patients and their families and profiling healthcare needs of communities.
The University of Lincoln recognises the challenges to contemporary and future healthcare and nursing practice. This degree takes its lead from the World Health Organisation's vision of public health-focused nursing of the future.
The programme is underpinned by the six fundamental values outlined in the Chief Nursing Officers Vision and Strategy, Compassion In Practice. (http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-cont...012/12/compassion-in-practice.pdf)
Theoretical and clinical elements of the programme aim to build on the philosophy stated in the NHS Constitution and centred on the NHS Values: Working Together for Patients; Respect and Dignity; Commitment to the Quality of Care; Compassion, Improving Lives; Everyone Counts.http://www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/...constitution-for-england-2013.pdf