22 Oct 2008

100% recruitment success for inaugural OU nursing graduates on Jersey

100% of students in The Open University Nursing Programme on Jersey have gone straight into employment as registered nurses. The Diploma of Higher Education (Adult Nursing) students graduated at the Radisson Hotel, Saint Helier, on Tuesday, October 21.

Jane Roberts, graduate of The Open University Diploma of Higher Education (Adult Nursing), studied while she continued to work at the States of Jersey Health and Social Services. Jane said:
“As the first OU nursing students in Jersey, we really challenged people’s outlook on training. It was good for us to as students and good for [our employer] the States of Jersey Health and Social Services, too. As students with The Open University, we questioned practice and offered different perspectives as we learned more about contemporary care issues.”

During the programme, the ten students of nursing continued to work as health care assistants at the States of Jersey Health and Social Services. These students are the first on Jersey to complete the programme.

Celia Cohen, Director of The Open University in the South, said: “We are enormously proud that all of the first Open University nursing graduates on Jersey have gone straight into employment as registered nurses. These graduates were originally employed by their trust as health care assistants and were sponsored to follow The Open University’s work-based learning route to nurse registration. Our partner trust is also delighted with the return on their investment.”

Julie Mesny, Head of Education, Learning and Development at the States of Jersey Health and Social Services Department, said: “The Open University offered islanders the opportunity to access the pre-registration nursing programme whilst staying on the island. Health and Social Services is very grateful for this innovative approach to learning and development. Growing local talent is important to the island and seeing staff realising their dream of becoming a registered nurse is an absolute pleasure. We are very proud of the students’ achievements.”

The Pre-Registration Nursing Programme is delivered in partnership with health care employers who are sponsored by Strategic Health Authorities or Workforce Development Confederations in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the States of Jersey. Successful completion of the programme leads to a DipHE (Adult Nursing) or a DipHE (Mental Health Nursing) and eligibility to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

The Programme started in 2002 with a small cohort of students in London. There are more than 700 students studying pre-registration nursing at The Open University. Employers of students on OU healthcare courses increasingly recognise the benefits of OU study to the recruitment and retention of staff.

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