NHS Highland, NHS Western Isles and the University of the Highlands and Islands are highlighting the opportunities available to those considering a career in nursing.
UHI runs BSc nursing programmes in Inverness and Stornoway with local health boards offering a range of career paths to choose from. You can learn more about them at a series of open days starting on the 8th of May.
The study course is “aimed at school or college leavers and mature entrants who have the desire and aptitude to care for patients, carers and their families. ” The minium entry requirements which are not subject specific are:
- 3 Highers at grade B or above or
- 3 A levels at grade C or above
Iona McGauran, lead nurse for Raigmore Hospital, said:
“Nurses make up the largest section of the healthcare workforce and are responsible for caring for individuals, families and communities across a wide and varied number of specialities.
“Nursing is a very rewarding career where you can make a real difference in the lives of the patients and families that you come into contact with.”
Gordon Jamieson, chief executive of NHS Western Isles, added:
“I became a nurse over 40 years ago and can say that there is no job more satisfying than being able to support, help and care for other fellow human beings. Nursing offers such a wide range of choice and location in terms of practice opportunities and, here in the islands of Scotland, you can also enjoy a unique and fulfilling lifestyle.”
Those looking to enter or progress in the profession can access education and research opportunities at the university’s nursing departments at the Western Isles Hospital and the Centre for Health Science in Inverness. A BSc in adult nursing is available at both locations and the Inverness campus also offers a BSc in mental health nursing. Scottish students may be eligible to receive a nursing and midwifery bursary to undertake the three-year degree courses.
2017 saw the highest number of students take up nursing studies at Scottish universities. This is set to rise even further in 2018 increasing by over 10%.
Shona Robison, Health Secretary in the Scottish Government said:
“We have retained bursaries and free tuition for nursing and midwifery students.
“We intend to extend and increase successful initiatives which bring former nurses and midwives back into practice. And we are improving access to education and careers in the professions.
UHI also offers practicing nurses and health professionals professional development programmes through the university’s advanced nurse practitioner or professional practice MSc.
There are also opportunities to undertake health and wellbeing research.
Professor Annetta Smith, head of nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands, said:
“ Our nursing undergraduate programme offers nursing students a unique experience. We are the only training provider that has a campus on a Scottish island as well as the mainland.
“A nursing student who graduates from our programmes will have the skills and expertise to work across many local, national and global healthcare settings.”
International Nurses Day on 12th May is an annual event which marks the contributions nurses make to society. A recent report by NHS Scotland indicates that there are over 57,000 full time equivalent nurses in Scotland.
The University of the Highlands and Islands is holding a nursing open day at the Centre for Health Science on International Nurses Day (Saturday 12 May) and has also organised open days on the following dates:
• Tuesday 8 May, Monday 14 May, Thursday 17 May, Monday 21 May and Thursday 24 May – Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway
• Saturday 26 May and Saturday 16 June – Centre for Health Science, Inverness
• Wednesday 6 June – West Highland College UHI, Fort William
• Thursday 14 June – North Highland College UHI, Thurso