Nursing studies

Adult nursing degree that embraces physical and mental health

University of Exeter’s new programme represents a significant shift in nurse education – and many will say, not before time

University of Exeter’s new programme represents a significant shift in nurse education – and many will say, not before time

Mental health issues present in every clinical environment, yet most students on adult nursing courses only spend a small amount of time learning about mental health in the classroom and on a relevant clinical placement.

When the University of Exeter established its first-ever adult nursing programme in September, we decided to give physical and mental health equal priority.

We rejected the concept of specific mental health modules, instead integrating mental health into our adult curriculum as one of the programme's six ‘pillars’. All the pillars work together, each with a lecturer who acts as a ‘guardian’.

The six pillars of our adult nursing degree ...

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