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Nurses in discussion

It’s hard to imagine a more dynamic, fast-changing sector than health in the UK. Innovations in practice, policy developments and new standards for treatment and care provide constant challenges and opportunities to professionals working on the front line – and none more so than nurses, who are in a unique position to make a difference.

The Open University offers exciting learning programmes at all levels in nursing – whether you’re trying to get into the profession, or you’re already qualified and looking to progress your career. Flexible study arrangements fit in with your work and home life, so you can carry on earning while you learn:

Our curriculum is developed and delivered by an expert multi-disciplinary team in partnership with service users and carers (pdf). You’ll study alongside other students from a wide range of backgrounds, and hear from many more as you work through the rich multi-media learning materials. And at the heart of everything you learn will be the people who use health services, ensuring maximum impact on practice and patient care.

Benefits for individuals:

  • Stay in your job while you study - online learning means you can study at a time that is convenient for you
  • Work-based learning helps you apply your studies to real life practice
  • Helps you develop in your current role, increasing job satisfaction and confidence, and opens up opportunities for career progression.

Benefits for employers:

  • ‘Grow your own’ workforce
  • Address training needs while minimising time away from the workplace
  • Staff apply their new knowledge and skills to their own practice as they learn
  • Workforce development attuned to organisational priorities and needs
  • Increased employee satisfaction and retention
  • Maximise use of the apprenticeship levy

Benefits for partners, students and service users

Student Toni Kingston and her employer discuss the positive impact OU study has had on the department and service users, through practice-based learning.