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Open University Pre-registration Nursing Programme
Introduction
The Open University (OU) Pre-registration Nursing programme is a flexible, practice-based learning route leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the award of BSc (Hons) Nursing.  It is delivered in Lothian and Borders in partnership with the Scottish Government and NHS Health Boards. Currently students on the programme will study Adult or Mental Health nursing.  From Autumn 2020 the new BSc (Honours) Nursing (R39), subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will offer all four fields of nursing including adult, Mental Health, Learning disability and Child Health nursing.
Structure
Students on the OU nursing programme are employed and continue to work in their Health Care support worker role when they are not on placement.  It takes about four years to study the programme, which is a balance of practical and theoretical learning.  The programme commences in September every year and is multi-media facilitated and delivered in a unique fashion. The teaching is provided through learning resources and an online learning environment, and students are supported by a network of tutors in both academic and practice settings.
The degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
Stage 1- A 60 credit practice-based nursing module and an introductory 60 credit theory module.
Stage 2- The second 60 credit practice-based nursing module and a 60 credit theory module.
Stage 3 - The third 60 credit practice-based nursing module and a final 60 credit theory module.
 
Content
Students study the essential concepts underpinning healthcare practice and demonstrate the required competencies in practice-based contexts. They also gain wide-ranging transferable skills, including the ability to use information effectively. They develop the critical skills they need to evaluate and apply evidence-based practice, and to analyse and understand healthcare practice from both person-centred and multidisciplinary perspectives. With the focus on person and family-centred care, they develop and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills that meet service users’ rights to dignity and privacy in a compassionate and caring manner. They also explore the professional context of nursing and healthcare practice; the promotion of healthy lifestyles; applied physiology across the life course; evidence-based practice; management and leadership and service improvement.
Key features of the course
·         Delivers a balance of theory and practice through practice-based and distance learning
·         Develops effective evidence-based nursing practice and underpinning knowledge in an inter-professional and interdisciplinary environment
·         Confers eligibility to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register on successful attainment of the degree
·         Allows students to continue to work part time for their employer whilst studying to become a nurse.
Contacts
NHS Health Board Employer Link
NHS Lothian - Christine Strange  Christine.strange@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk  
NHS Borders - Kim Smith  kim.smith2@borders.scot.nhs.uk
OU Staff Tutor
NHS Lothian – Fiona MacKinnon Fiona.mackinnon@open.ac.uk
NHS Borders – Shirley Wood Shirley.wood@open.ac.uk