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Large turn-out for launch of UEL’s new Adult Nursing degree 

Audience of 130 told that a nursing degree could open doors to a rewarding and challenging career

A large turn-out of would-be students heard how nursing could offer them a “hugely rewarding career” when they attended an opening evening in Stratford on Tuesday for the University of East London’s new Bachelor of Science degree in Adult Nursing.

Around 130 attendees were addressed by the head of the course, Sharon Elliot, and the Dean of UEL’s School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, Charmagne Barnes, who outlined the opportunities that studying for a nursing degree could bring. 

Mrs Barnes said, “Nursing remains a hugely rewarding career which offers graduates an enormous variety of roles and areas of specialism on registration. A degree in nursing is a qualification that is recognised nationally and internationally.

“It’s also a challenging career which requires commitment, courage and compassion in addition to nursing skills and a sound knowledge base.”

By training local people for local jobs, UEL hopes that the new course will go some way to addressing the acute shortage of nurses in east London.

Last year, a report by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) revealed that there were more than 10,000 unfilled nursing vacancies across London, including more than 1,044 vacant posts at the Barts Health NHS Trust and 333 at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust.

Mrs Barnes, herself a qualified nurse, said, “At present there is no local provision for pre-registration nursing within east London.

“With our NHS partners, it is anticipated that by recruiting onto the course from the local community, the future workforce will be supplied by locally educated nurses who will stay in the area and contribute to the health economy.”

The new course will be 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent learning in the clinical environment, with students working alongside qualified nurses and clinicians in the local Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust and the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. 

Students will also be able to develop their clinical nursing practice safely in a fully equipped simulation centre at the Stratford campus.

One member of the audience was Abigail Spalding, who is already a nurse but hopes to develop her career by studying for a degree.

“I’m really excited to be part of something new and I have a little picture in my head that someone will look back at me as one of the first nurses to graduate from UEL on this nursing degree,” said Abigail.

“I chose to go into nursing as I really enjoy the care side and patient interaction but hopefully I will specialise in theatre and look into precision practice as well.”