Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (KESS)

Access to Nursing Education

Engagement and Empowerment: Emancipating Health Care Support Workers to become Registered Professionals in Northern Ireland

Prof Jan Draper, Donna Gallagher (OU) and Paul Carlin (SET) Creating and enhancing career development opportunities for the healthcare support workforce and widening access to higher education are currently key priorities across the United Kingdom. The high academic attainment at GCSE and A Level required by universities challenges these two key priorities. Francis (2013) said; “Entrants to the nursing profession should be assessed for their aptitude to deliver and lead proper care, and their ability to commit themselves to the welfare of patients.” This is enabled in the context of access and entry to The Open University (OU) pre-registration nurse

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