BN Programme at the University of Edinburgh
Year 1 and 2
- Introduction to the evidence base for nursing - anatomy and physiology, nursing care, mental health, technical innovations in healthcare, sociological and psychological aspects of healthcare and approaches to research.
- Choice of 2 option courses to enable students to develop new interests such as social work, medical microbiology, others learn languages, music, sociology or anthropology – a huge range of opportunities!
- Clinical skills development including inter-professional learning opportunities with students undertaking a range of practice learning experiences in care homes, hospitals, community and third sector organisations.
Year 3 and 4
- Development of leadership skills, critical thinking abilities and clinical decision making.
- Deepening of understanding about the evidence base for nursing.
- Exploration of the range and scope of global nursing, health issues, professional and policy developments at home and abroad.
- Choice of two honours option courses in each year, learning as a mixed group of year 3 and 4 students. This allows them to personalise the programme, pursuing nursing courses which address their own disciplinary interests.
- Continuation of skills acquisition culminating in a simulated ward round activity with medical student colleagues as each of the professional education programmes move towards conclusion.
The final year allows students to work on a topic of their choice to produce an Honours dissertation. Dissertation work is supported by the supervision of an academic, exploring the evidence base for the student’s own personal interest and considering the design of a research project to address the specific topic.