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York gains approval for move to degree-only nursing course


The University of York has become the latest institution to have its nursing degree course approved under new standards for the move to a graduate-only entry profession.

The BSc nursing course has gained approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, meaning the university will now cease its diploma course and only offer a degree.

The university said the NMC review team had praised its new programme for its “creative and innovative approach” and said that it provided “an opportunity to move nursing forward”.

Sue Ford, deputy head of the Department of Health Sciences, said: “I am extremely proud that our programme was one of the first to be approved, underlining the excellence of our nurse training at York.

“We were commended by the NMC’s review team for the quality of our partnership working, and the wisdom and dynamism of the team. I am delighted that York will be leading the way.”

The new standards follow the government’s decision that from 2013 all undergraduate pre-registration nurse training will be provided at degree level only.

Until this year, York provided a three-year diploma programme as well as a BSc degree.

The changes also mean there will be just one entry date in October – previously a second entry date was provided at York in March. The first intake of 180 students to follow the new programme will start in October.

The University of Southampton became the first institution to gain approval from the NMC to train all its nursing pupils to degree standard in February.


Readers' comments (3)

  • You know what, despite the fact that I actually agree with an all graduate course, let us forget about all the debates that go around that for the moment and remember one overriding factor.

    Who is going to struggle for a degree - especially such a demanding one - when after all that stress, sacrifice and hard work, the rewards aren't there? There are hardly any jobs available for new applicants as it is, and barely any prospects for those who are in a job to progress, the pay levels are already woefully pitiful for a skilled, qualified degree level professional and this is only getting worse with an effective pay cut over the next two years (otherwise known as a pay freeze!), low morale, stressful jobs, attacks on our pensions, etc etc etc.

    Why get a degree for that?

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  • I agree with nurse training progressing to all degree level, to come in line with our MDT colleagues. However, let's not forget that is just a stating block for career-long learning, which their forbearers will have undertaken. There was a blog some months ago who would not accept a mentor who didn't have a degree, so I hope that attitude does not come into play. Experienced nurses teach doctors and GPs, not all of whom have degrees.

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  • i am totally for an all degree profession in the future but i am concerned that the courses are being introduced in such a patchwork manner that standards of care are going to continue to vary as before as the courses and degrees will not be standardised

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