Nurses are the largest staff group in the NHS. Nurses work in every type of health setting from accident and emergency (A&E) to patients' homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds.
You’ll train in one of the four fields of nursing - adult, child, learning disability or mental health. There are lots of opportunities to progress your career and to specialise in BCUHB. Many of these opportunities will require experience and/or further training.
Community or acute?
More of our nurses than ever are now working in community settings such as a GP practices, clinics, and schools and community hospitals. As more care is moved out of hospitals into the community, this will only increase.
Opportunities will continue to exist in acute hospital settings. Outpatient services, accident and emergency, operating theatres, neonatal care or neurology will always need highly trained and specialist nurses.
If you're caring, compassionate and have a commitment to helping people, you'll find a BCUHB nursing role that suits you. You'll also need to be able to communicate difficult health issues effectively and courageous!
Midwives provide care and support women and their families while pregnant, throughout labour and during the period after a baby’s birth.
You’ll mainly deal with pregnant women requiring professional support and advice. You are likely to be the lead health professional and contact for a woman, providing evidence-based information and helping her make informed choices about the options and services available throughout her pregnancy.
You’ll be the expert on childbirth and your responsibilities are likely to be diverse. You’ll provide:
- provide full antenatal care, including parenting classes, clinical examinations and screening
- identify high-risk pregnancies
- monitor women and support them during labour and the birthing process
- teach new and expectant mothers how to feed, care for and bathe their babies
You could be working with women from a variety of backgrounds and you will need to be confident enough to communicate with different people. Some women and their families might be homeless, socially excluded, have disabilities or be very young. Other women may be from certain cultural or religious backgrounds.
All women will need you to understand the emotional, physical and psychological processes of pregnancy and birth. Sometimes pregnancies do not go to plan and you will need to offer support and advice on stillbirth, miscarriage, termination, neonatal death and neonatal abnormalities.
If you are working as a community midwife, you are likely to develop good professional relationships with your families, which can make counselling easier at difficult times.
You’ll often work on a rota and be on-call to provide 24-hour care at the woman’s home as well as in hospital.
Nurse & Midwifery Training
Bangor University offer pre-registration degrees in adult, child, mental health, learning disability and midwifery fields. The university were ranked 3rd in the UK (No.1 in Wales) for Nursing in the Complete University Guide 2017. Academic teams work in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, to ensure students’ learning is of the highest quality. Academic elements are taught at both Bangor and Wrexham Campuses, with clinical placements offered across a variety of locations in North Wales. Placements include acute and community service relevant to field of study, with a variety of exciting spoke placements such a day with the hospital chaplain, time in a community minor injuries unit or with the cardiac rehabilitation team. Bangor university Nursing has regularly ranked highly in the annual National Student Survey and in achieved 83% for overall student satisfaction and was ranked particularly highly for Improving Communication Skills (95%).
As a nurse or midwife working for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, here in North Wales and the biggest health board in Wales- you will support our ethos and values to ensuring that our patients are at the heart of everything we do. With strong team working skills, you will be able to demonstrate the values that are important to us, communicating well with both colleagues and patients.
Exciting career opportunities await for newly qualified and experienced registrants who are passionate about delivering high quality, patient centred care and have the vision and ability to help move the service forward, whilst getting the best out of your colleagues and team. You will never compromise on quality, treating others with respect and dignity.
Our offer to you in return is: we will provide you with orientation and induction and a comprehensive preceptorship programme to support your transition from a newly qualified graduate to a registered practitioner equipping you with the skills and confidence to manage the day to day challenges of nursing practice. You will have a designated preceptor, who will guide and support you during your journey.
We are committed to providing first class care. Our nursing and midwifery workforce are critical to this success therefore we have excellent in house continuing professional development opportunities to ensure that you throughout your career as a nurse or midwife in BCUHB you have access to regular learning and development activities that maintain and improve your knowledge, and competence. Post registration study to progress knowledge and skills in line with your chosen career pathway is actively supported and we have great education and development opportunities due to our close links with our local universities.
Will make sure you are looked after and support you in enhancing your skills through supported post registration study, rotations to develop and enhance your clinical experiences and support your chosen career pathway. We also have a variety of leadership development programmes for aspiring leaders, which enable you to gain confidence as in your role as a manager.
With an integrated approach to health care you’ll have the opportunity to work across different hospital sites, work in the community and even some GP services and you’ll develop innovative and effective approaches to patient care and service delivery across a large geographical area.
Please email our Nurse Education team with any questions and we look forward to hearing from you BCU.firstname.lastname@example.org