The future of nurse education? Studying at the Open University in Scotland

Davidson, Michael C. J.; Malcolm, Lorraine; Sturley, Liz; Crowley, Margaret; Mackinnon, Fiona and McInally, Wendy (2021). The future of nurse education? Studying at the Open University in Scotland. British Journal of Nursing, 30(7) pp. 428–432.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2021.30.7.428

Abstract

This article describes nurse education with the Open University in Scotland (OUiS). Although there are problems with nurse recruitment and retention across the UK, in Scotland the landscape is somewhat different, with greater support for students required in remote and rural areas. Despite these challenges, the OUiS continues to recruit to the commissioned numbers of places. OUiS nursing students are primarily health care support workers who are a key group within the health and social care workforce but historically have faced many challenges in developing clear career pathways into nursing. At the heart of the OU is the fundamental recognition of distance online pedagogy, complemented by work-based learning support by employers. Partnership working between the OU, employers and education commissioners is crucial to its success.

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