Nursing Associate FdSc Welcome Pack

Welcome to FdSc Nursing Associate 2022

We are delighted to welcome you to the University of Northampton and to the Foundation Degree Nursing Associate (FdSc Nursing Associate). We hope that you enjoy your time with us and gain knowledge and skills which will be valuable to you in the future in your new roles.

Foundation Degrees are vocational qualifications intended to allow students to combine practical skills and experiences with rigorous and broad based academic learning.  This FdSc has been developed to ensure you are able to meet the NMC Proficiencies for Nursing Associates (2018).  It has also been mapped to meet the Nursing Associate NMC 2018 (2019) apprenticeship standard for students on the apprenticeship route.  This means that when you finish the programme you will have developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable you to competently practice as a Nursing Associate and register with the NMC.

All the modules are delivered by experienced teaching staff and there is a close link between the theoretical and practical learning. Learning is supported by innovative and interactive computer-based resources which enhance and support the teaching and encourage development of independent and self-directed learning.

The course team and your personal tutors (PTs) are here to help and support you with your studies and will be able to answer any questions you may have so please don’t be afraid to ask.

We wish you every success for the next two years and beyond in your future careers.

Your Programme Leader

Ruth Smith, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Ruth Smith

Programme Lead, Senior Lecturer

Equipment and resources

We do not have any recommended text books that you should get. A good anatomy and physiology text book may be useful, but there are a number of e-books available through the library once you start. There is no expectation that you should do any reading before the programme starts.

Through the programme you will be going on clinical placement. You will be provided with a uniform, but you will need a sensible pair of black, flat shoes. Trainers are not advised.

Welcome Video

The team have produced the below video to welcome you to the Nursing Associate FdSc programme.

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