Online course in Health & Psychology

Introduction to Nursing: Bioscience, Psychology, and Sociology

Explore the diverse skills and knowledge required to be a nurse and find out where a career in nursing could take you.

Introduction to Nursing: Bioscience, Psychology, and Sociology

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Explore the exciting possibilities of a career in nursing

Most people will have interacted with a qualified nurse during their lifetime, but the profession remains largely misunderstood.

On this course, you’ll develop an accurate understanding of nursing and where a career in nursing can lead. You’ll discover the demands of nursing in emergency and intensive care, and education and research. You’ll also observe nursing in GP surgeries, people’s homes, and assisted living facilities.

The course will explore how basic science, psychology, and sociology is applied in the nursing profession to reveal the diverse role nurses play in our society today.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsMost people will have interacted with a registered nurse at some point in their lives, and many people have an opinion about nurses and what they do. However, our profession remains one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented careers in the country. Nurses work in a multitude of different areas of healthcare, from intensive care, emergency departments, to GP surgeries, prisons, in people's own homes, or in assisted living accommodation, as well as in education, research and health policy. Developing an understanding of nursing and of the applied theoretical aspects of the role will give you a greater understanding of where a career in nursing may take you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsThis course will cover key subjects related to the knowledge and understanding required to become a modern registered nurse. The Department of Health Sciences at the University of York is a large world leading health research department and delivers a nursing programme that's taught by individuals with a broad range of specialist and practical experience in the field and you'll get to meet some of those people during this course. Join us for this course as together we explore the world of modern nursing and discover what it means to become part of one of the most rewarding professions imaginable.

What topics will you cover?

  • The variety of roles undertaken by nurses
  • The context of nursing, caring for children, adults, older people, individuals with mental health and cognitive support needs
  • Bioscience applied to nursing looking at basic physiological measurement
  • Psychology related to nursing including the impact of psychology on physiology
  • Sociology related to nursing care and society.

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 16 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify how the application of basic science relates to nursing practice.
  • Describe some of the basic psychology and sociology applied to nursing
  • Discuss the roles of nursing within society
  • Develop an understanding of health research that can be utilised in evidence-based nursing care

Who is the course for?

This course is for individuals interested in, or considering a career in nursing.

Who will you learn with?

David Graham

David Graham

I am a lecturer in Adult Nursing with clinical experience in intensive care nursing. I am the admissions tutor for Nursing and Midwifery at the University of York

Ted Hewitt

Ted Hewitt

I trained as a general nurse before training to be a children's nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I worked in children's heart surgical units in London before becoming a lecturer at York.

Laura Scott

Laura Scott

I'm a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing with interests in professional values, the nurse-patient relationship and older people's mental health care.

Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Hi I am a Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing and the section of the course you will see me in is around the issues of public health and social determinants of health in week 3.

Morgan Hopkins

Morgan Hopkins

I'm a third year Adult MNurs student @ Uni of York and i'm interested in pursuing a career in acute and emergency care.

Lucy Fielding

Lucy Fielding

Hi I’m Lucy, a third year studying mental health nursing at York.

Who developed the course?

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.

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