Nursing Conference Gives Students Access to Profession

Access to Higher Education Health students at Walsall College received an insight in to the role of nurses, after taking part in a conference with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

The Royal College of Nursing is the world’s largest nursing union and professional body. It represents more than 435,000 nurses, student nurses, midwives and health care assistants in the UK and internationally.

Paul Vaughan, Regional Director, and Ruth Burey, Professional Learning and Development Facilitator at RCN visited the college and delivered a presentation to students on key issues currently facing the nursing industry.

This included the NHS’s five-year vision, with an increasing focus on prevention methods and health and social care sectors working in closer unison, understanding dignity in nursing and the importance of reflective practice.

The guest speakers, who both practised as nurses, also gave students an overview of their careers, before giving them with discussion based tasks to complete to challenge their knowledge of the role of nurses.

Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care at Walsall College, Wendy Byron, said: “Many students have expressed an interest in pursuing nursing careers so this was a great opportunity for them to gain a better understanding of the role, first-hand from experts in the industry.”

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are an ideal route for adult learners who are looking to get in to higher education or change career path. They provide the equivalent to A-level qualifications and help students progress straight to university.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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