“We invite people to use the opportunity of a three year graduate education to develop their skills and then enter a lifelong profession where you can keep developing and learning. You can work anywhere - there’s nothing that limits a nurse!”
Dr Ann Ewens, Dean of the School of Health and Social Care
"There's nothing that limits a nurse," according to Dr Ann Ewens, newly appointed Dean of the School of Health and Social Care at Staffordshire University.
A nurse by background, Ann is passionate about the profession and the opportunities that exist for people who choose a career in nursing.
Staffordshire University is seeking people with passion and resilience to undertake their degree in adult nursing starting this September.
The University has announced additional places on their BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice (Adult) course which is delivered over 45 weeks each year - half of which are spent on placement in clinical practice in hospitals and community settings.
This Wednesday July 5, the Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site is holding an Open Day for anyone interested in its Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice courses.
Ann, who "always wanted to be a nurse" studied her degree at Leeds Polytechnic and has worked in emergency care, at a hospice and as a community district nurse – alongside bringing up her own family.
She said: "Nursing is a demanding role and you have to be a good critical thinker and problem solver. Resilience, care and compassion are the qualities we are looking for. It's a fabulous profession and we know that our graduate nurses are among Staffordshire University’s top earners five years after graduating."
"We invite people to use the opportunity of a three year graduate education to develop their skills and then enter a lifelong profession where you can keep developing and learning. You can work anywhere - there's nothing that limits a nurse!"
Ann’s own practice led her to a PhD in Interprofessional Education at the University of Reading where she worked for 10 years. She also worked at Oxford Brookes University for a further 14 years. She said: "Staffordshire University sees itself as having a role to play in the region and health and social care is key to that. As a region we’re looking at life expectancy that's significantly lower than other areas of the country and that's why I wanted to come and work where we can make a difference."
Someone who feels she is making a difference is final year Adult Nursing student Kerry Rudge, who despite not completing her course until September, has so far interviewed for and been offered three nurse positions.
She said: "The course has been wonderful and I've had lots of support throughout which has helped me both personally and professionally. Now after every shift I feel I have helped somebody. My confidence has increased and I now walk with my head up which I hadn't used to do."
Ann added: "We are preparing our students to be graduates with a national and international perspective, where patient safety and safe practice is at the forefront of their learning. And through our research Centre for Health and Development, Staffordshire University will have a real impact on ironing out health inequalities."
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