Northumbria Nursing Courses first in the UK to be accredited

Northumbria University's School of Health, Community and Education Studies is the first in the UK to have its Nursing programmes accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the professional body for all practising nurses.

An early adopter of the simulation pedagogy, Northumbria University has long held a reputation for being a progressive provider of nursing education that continuously explores innovative and effective ways of delivering nurse education across the curriculum. With an average annual intake of 600 nursing students, Northumbria University's School of Health, Community and Education Studies is one of the UK's larger schools.

Simulation training - an important part of the curriculum     

Keeping ahead of today's demands in the profession and ensuring nurse graduates are fully prepared for the workplace requires a robust and adaptable education programme of the highest quality. As a result, Assistant Dean of Pre-Registration Health, Margaret Rowe observes that students' competency and confidence is much higher now and that the university has one of the highest employment levels of students. ''It's not just focusing on the theory, it's focusing on the practicalities of being a healthcare professional''.

This recent accreditation from the Royal College of Nursing is a significant achievement for Northumbria University and it is widely expected that more schools will seek RCN accreditation.

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