Forming part of our Bachelor of Nursing suite of courses, this 16-24 month, dependent on recognition for prior learning, conversion course gives nurses registered in other brances the opportunity to specialise in Mental Health Nursing.
This course has been developed to give you both an academic qualification and the vocational training to become a registered nurse. You will first learn the theory of nursing through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group work and online support.
There are organised sessions for you to learn in a simulated environment before going on to your placement in hospital or community settings within the Lothian and Borders area. Your placements (which are 50% of your course content) will help you relate the theory learnt in the classroom to real life practice. On placement you will be supported by a mentor who will supervise you and assess your achievement.
We aim to provide you with the learning, teaching and assessment experiences that will allow you to become a reflective graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute positively to nursing practice. We support you to become competent, knowledgeable, and skilled in mental health nursing care. You will graduate ready to work in hospitals and in the community.
This course attracts a substantial, non-means tested, bursary.
You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding in the field of nursing. Cognitive skills will be taught, and you will learn how to apply your knowledge to practical situations. You'll gain communication, team working and problem solving and decision making skills. Overall, you will acquire the skills needed to demonstrate your eligibility for registration with the NMC as a nurse, including:
care, compassion and communication
organisational aspects of care
infection prevention and control
nutrition and fluid maintenance
medicines management across all fields of practice.