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King's College London

Understanding NHS Values: Becoming a Nurse or Midwife

King's College London via FutureLearn

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If you are thinking about becoming a registered nurse or midwife, understanding NHS values is important.

You’ll want to be as confident as possible that you are making the right career choice. Being fully informed about working within healthcare environments is an important step in this process.

Building an understanding of healthcare environments as early as possible helps to prepare you for being a nursing or midwifery student.

Thirdly the NHS values form a key part of the recruitment process for nurses and midwives.

On this course, you’ll use a mixture of articles, interviews with academics and students to explore the NHS Values which underpin healthcare delivery.

Understand the NHS values and how they relate to nursing and midwifery

On the course you will get an overview of the NHS values and the implications they have for nursing and midwifery. You’ll review case studies and learn how the values apply in different situations.

We’ll look at:

  • Respect and dignity - seeing how this relates to the importance of choice in maternity care
  • Commitment to quality of care - evaluating the different factors that influence the quality of healthcare systems
  • Compassion - examining the concept of advocacy
  • Improving lives - exploring health protection and public health
  • Working together for patients - focusing on collaboration, partnerships and the multidisciplinary teams vital in health and social care
  • Everyone counts - understanding the importance of informal carers and supporting them

Prepare to apply for nursing and midwifery programmes

Through the course you’ll reflect on your own beliefs and values in preparation for application to programmes leading to registration as a nurse or midwife.

Learn from leading educators and student experiences

King’s College London is world-renowned for its health sciences programmes. The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery has a strong tradition of delivering programmes leading to registration as a nurse or midwife. It is ranked sixth in the world and top in the UK in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject. The course has been developed by academic staff, with input from current nursing and midwifery students - so you can learn from those on the front line.

This course has been specially created for those looking to apply to become a nurse or midwife. It might also be useful for those looking to apply to allied health professions, medicine and dentistry.

You don’t need any specific qualifications or healthcare experience to study on this course.

Taught by

Julie Bliss


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