FAQ’s Financial Advice Whilst on Placement

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I am struggling financially whilst on the course. What can I do?

It can be financially challenging to study full-time on your nursing course. There are funds available for students and help with things such as planning your finances for more information click on the link: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/brighton-students/your-student-life/finances/index.aspx

Below are just some of the things students are offered whilst on the course.

The University offers support funds to undergraduates https://www.brighton.ac.uk/brighton-students/your-student-life/finances/hardship-funding/student-support-fund-undergraduates.aspx

OR postgraduates https://www.brighton.ac.uk/brighton-students/your-student-life/finances/hardship-funding/student-support-fund-postgraduates.aspx

Hardship funding is available for students who are struggling due to circumstances https://www.brighton.ac.uk/brighton-students/your-student-life/finances/hardship-funding/index.aspx

It is of benefit to contact Student Finance England to see if you are eligible for things such as a maintenance loan. For more information click on the link: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/brighton-students/your-student-life/finances/government-funding/index.aspx

The NHS offers a bursary of £5000 a year. Students will receive this in two separate payments. For more information click on the link: https://councilofdeans.org.uk/2019/12/new-student-support-arrangements-for-healthcare-students/

The University offers a bursary. This bursary is for undergraduate students who are starting their course at the University of Brighton in the academic year 2020-21 and who are normally residents in England or an EU country. This bursary is also for students on non-salaried designated PGCE courses. The award is a cash bursary of £500 in each year of study. Students on part-time courses studying between 30 and 90 credits during the year, who meet the other criteria will receive a pro-rata cash bursary in each year of study. The bursary will be paid in two equal installments in January 2021 and May 2021. For more information click on the link: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/brighton-students/your-student-life/finances/bursaries/started-studying-in-2020/university-bursary.aspx

I failed my medication management OR an episode of care what can I do?

Students have two placements each year to achieve the Medications Management, Episode of Care 1 and 2,  professional values, and all proficiencies.  By not achieving them in placement one, requires a detailed learning development plan to identify gaps in knowledge and skill or professional attitude in how to achieve these in the next placement. If they have not been passed in the second placement an action plan can be discussed with the PA to help complete it in a different placement.

Will I be supported whilst leading on placements?

Yes. Students are supported and encouraged by PS’s/PA’s to be more independent in their practice. This is also an expectation for students in year 3 to demonstrate leadership skills.

If there is no way I can get a proficiency completed on placements in year 3 what can I do?

The University practice team will try their best to accommodate and be fair to students that may not be able to complete certain competencies due to their placement area, therefore students may be allowed to come and demonstrate the skill or skills to the practice education team. Although it is important that students try their best to complete the skills in practice and this will be expected of them and will prepare them for their future nursing career.

Will the university help me apply for Nursing jobs?

In the preparation for practice and preparation for a newly qualified status, students are given guidance regarding applying for jobs and there is additional support via SSGT or careers service.

If I do not feel ready or confident to practice as a nurse what can I do?

The University will try its best to help and guide students to practice more independently and confidently throughout each year. It is understandable for students to be anxious about making the transition from student nurse to registered nurse. When in practice there are lots of supportive opportunities offered by trusts. Preceptorship programs and ward rotations are available to students. When commencing a new job, for a certain time the role will be supernumerary for a while or until you feel confident practicing without the support of others. Contact your trust’s practice development team for further information.

I wish to work where I am currently on or have previously had a placement. How do I go about this?

It would be a great idea to mention to the Manager or higher nursing band staff to request to work there. This Can be requested whilst on placement or by emailing the designated contact staff. This demonstrates proactively thinking and planning and once qualified which will look good for you the applicant.