Nursing students attend to a dummy person, giving them oxygen

Nursing

Nursing

A career in nursing and the healthcare sector can be demanding and fast-paced, but it is extremely rewarding. With our diverse teaching, state-of-the-art simulation facilities and clinical placement opportunities, you can gain the skills you need to become a confident and compassionate nurse with Buckinghamshire New University.

We have a long history of training nurses and giving them the knowledge and practice-based experience they need to provide excellent patient care. 98% of our students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating (HESA 2020), a lot of the time by the trusts, hospitals or homes that they worked with during their time at the University.

Take a look at our Nursing courses

Undergraduate Nursing students
Undergraduate courses
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Postgraduate courses
Continuing Professional Development nursing courses students
Continuing Professional Development
Grace Victory and Alice Finnigan's Story
Grace Victory and Alice Finnigan's Podcast

In late 2020, Grace contracted Covid whilst heavily pregnant. With her condition worsening, doctors made the difficult decision to induce the birth 2 months early, putting Grace into a coma. Weeks went by and Grace was given a 5% chance of pulling through. Despite suffering multiple setbacks, Grace finally woke up from her coma in March 2021 but still had many complications to overcome. Student nurse, Alice formed a unique bond with Grace during her recuperation period and they discuss their amazing story exclusively in this podcast.

You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. Our lecturers have a high-level of expertise in their specialist fields and continue to maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date.

Students are also supported with state-of-the-art simulation facilities on campus to hone their skills and get ready for practice. We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, and ‘moulage’ – the process of applying mock (and often gorily lifelike) injuries for training purposes. We also engage service users in role-play sessions allowing us to create realistic scenarios where students get can get feedback to boost their confidence before going out on placement.

Clinical placements

We work closely with a number of NHS Trusts and independent care partners in the region to provide students with clinical placements, both in hospitals and out in the community. Throughout their time on placement, students are exposed to a diverse range of learning experiences supported by practice supervisors, practitioners and practice visitors. 

View the full list of partners we work with here.

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Foundation degrees and apprenticeships

At BNU, we offer a FDSc Nursing Associate course which upon completion allows graduates to work independently, within defined parameters of practice and under the direction of a Registered Nurse, to deliver the distinct plan of care. It also provides a great foundation for professional development into Registered Nursing.

In addition, we provide a number of apprenticeship routes, including Registered NurseNursing Associate and Advanced Clinical Practitioner. If you wish to complete an apprenticeship, you will need to apply through your employer – ask them to call us on 01296 74422 or email apprenticeships@bucks.ac.uk.

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I benefited because nearly all our lecturers were nurses. I thought it would only be a few but it was great having nearly all of our lectures being delivered by nurses who had been there and done it. It was a great help and support throughout my degree.
Joe Rouse
Joe Rouse

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