Department welcomes new intake of nursing students

Posted on 14 October 2019

New intake start course designed around new Nursing & Midwifery Council standards of proficiency


2019 intake of nursing students

The Department recently welcomed 160 students on to its new nursing degree programme which has been updated to reflect the new ‘Future Nurse’ standards of proficiency for registered nurses issued by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

The students are the first cohort to undertake the new ‘Future Nurse’ degree programme, which has been co-developed with local healthcare providers, service users and carers, as well as current 3rd and 4th year nursing students at York.

Paul Galdas, Professor of Nursing & Deputy Head of Department (Nursing & Midwifery) said: “The new standards issued by the NMC provided us with an excellent opportunity to really look at nursing at York. By working closely with our practice partners, current students, and service users and carers, we have developed an exciting programme which combines the academic rigour of a degree from a research-intensive university with hands-on practice-based education needed to allow students to become registered nurses.”

He continued: “The programme is based on solid scientific foundations and students will develop an in-depth knowledge of the biological, pharmacological and psychosocial aspects of health and healthcare which is underpinned by a detailed study of evidence-based practice. In addition, our close partnerships with local healthcare providers ensures students will be able to experience a huge range of healthcare environments while they are in practice.”

“We also want our nursing students to enjoy their University experience, and the new programme allows them to have some flexibility to be involved in the many clubs and societies the University has to offer. “

Susan Birkitt, Student Representative and 3rd year MNurs student said: “It was a pleasure to be involved in the development of the new curriculum and although the new programme is different to the current programme, it is equally as impressive. “

Finally Paul said: “I am looking forward to seeing how the students progress to become York graduates over the coming years, with the practical, analytical, and critical thinking skills needed to meet the future challenges of health and healthcare in our region and beyond.”