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Pathway back into health industry for former nurses

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A caring new course will deliver former nurses back into the health industry.

Glyndŵr University is to introduce a flexible learning programme in June, suitable for those hoping to return to the nursing profession.

The Wrexham-based institution will host an event for the Return to Practice in Nursing (Levels 5 and 6) course at its Plas Coch campus on Friday May 16 from 10am-1pm.

Aimed at nurses in north east Wales currently not active on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register, the qualification is funded by the Welsh Government and supported by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The University wants to “boost the confidence” of ex NHS and care home staff unsure whether to take this step and return to this career.

Alison Lester-Owen, a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Glyndŵr, said: “We want to get the message out there to former nurses that there is a demand for them.

“The NHS – particularly the local health board - wants to attract experience back into the profession and is fully supportive of the course.”

She added: “There are a lot of qualified nurses out there whose registration has lapsed because they have gone on to have a family, change careers or simply decided at the time that the job wasn’t for them.

“Some might not have the confidence to return to nursing or think that it will be too much hard work or impossible given their personal circumstances. Some people might have qualified but never practiced – the course is open to all of them.

“We aim to be as flexible as possible and want them to get in touch so we can discuss their options and make it work for them.”

The programme can last from three to six months on average, depending on the needs of the student. It prepares you for re-entry onto the professional register and is an absolute requirement for returning to practice.

There will be study days, interactive and blended learning and practice hour placements at Ysbyty Glan Clywd in Bodelwyddan, and Wrexham Maelor Hospital, near Glyndŵr’s existing campuses.

“Returning to work after a break can be daunting, which is why we’re also keen to be family friendly and appreciate that the same hours of working won’t apply to everyone,” said Alison.

“There are many talented and qualified nurses out there who were lost to the sector. By completing this course the profession, and patient care, will benefit again from their experience.”

She added: “We also have opportunities available on this day for Registered Nurses to find out more about post registration courses available to them with the aim of enhancing patient care as they continue their professional development.

“We hope people will come along on May 16 to find out more about the course and what we have to offer here at Glyndŵr University.”

For further information, call Jenny Jacobsen on 01978 293474 or 01735 448788 ext 3877. Alternatively, email j.jacobsen@glyndwr.ac.uk, or visit the course website.

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