Honours Nursing Degrees launched by the University of Stirling

21 December 2016

Nurse with patientThe University of Stirling will be introducing BSc Honours Adult and BSc Honours Mental Health programme from August 2017 entry.  Applications are being taken through the UCAS system.

Our BSc Honours Nursing degrees have been introduced in response to recruitment intelligence, feedback from current students, and our current status as top in Scotland for Health Sciences Research.  Our NHS and other healthcare partners have been fully supportive in developing this new and exciting route for nursing graduates within the University of Stirling.

Nursing is fully established as a graduate profession and the University of Stirling has built an excellent reputation as a highly respected provider of pre-registration education for nurses.  In 2016 the University won both the Student Nursing Times Award for Pre-Registration Provider and a Herald Award in the Enhancing Student Learning Award category.

Our overarching goals for our BSc Honours Nursing programme align with the vision of the refreshed NMC Strategy (2014-2017): to develop an excellent nursing workforce, improve the quality of health and care through education and research, ensure the education provision is responsive to service need and enhance the educational infrastructure.

A University of Stirling Honours graduate will have the opportunity to apply evidence based practice to healthcare practice, and the programme emphasises the importance and usefulness of quality improvement approaches to improving care.  Students will also have the opportunity to have an international Practice Learning Opportunity at the end of Year 3.

Prof Jayne Donaldson, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, commented “Our BSc Honours programme is designed to prepare graduates to meet the needs of service users and carers who use our health and social care services throughout the country.  The programme builds on the existing strengths within the BSC Nursing programme.  Our Honours graduates will be independent thinkers, be able to apply best evidence to nursing practice, and be able to provide safe, effective and person-centred practice.” 

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