Welcome to nursing

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A career that begins with care


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We strongly support the value of the NHS constitution and believe that working together as a team to put the patient first requires commitment, competence, a caring and compassionate approach, good communication skills and courage (The 6 Cs). Every nurse is a leader and can deliver high-quality care by respecting those standards of excellence and professionalism.

All careers in nursing begin with care, but they can take you in so many different directions. Whether you want work in a hospital or in the community, days or nights, with children or older adults, we will help you find the right path for you. The possibilities are endless and exciting and we’d love to take the first step of your nursing journey with you.

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Our quality speaks

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There are many reasons to study with us but here are a few achievements we are particularly proud of:

  • ARU was one of only 16 HEIs in the UK to receive an 'outstanding' in the NMC Fitness to Practise category. In the quality review of our courses we were commanded for the moderation of assessment in practice, the student evaluation of their mentor, our student pledge around improving the service user experience and the e-assessment in practice through Myprogress.
  • In the NSS 2016 results our BSc Mental Health in Cambridge had 100% student satisfaction.
  • We were recently named as one of the top 10 universities in the country to study nursing in a Nursing Times report. The highest-placed university in the East of England!
  • Our student regularly win prestigious award. Our latest winners are Olivia Rees who won the 2016 Community Award at the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards and Aisha Gaido who won Student Leader of they Year at the 2015 Quality in Education and Training Awards, organised by Health Education East of England (HEEoE).
  • We share our vision of nursing education. Our Dean, Professor Ruth Taylor, has been elected onto the Executive Team of the Council of Deans of Health. This is the representative body for the UK’s university faculties involved in education and research for nurses, midwives and health professionals.
  • We have set up the Anglia Ruskin Nursing Research Unit (ARNRU) which is open to all nurses with an interest in research, with the aim of creating a community of nurses actively engaged in high quality research and innovation.

Speak out Safely campaign

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Supporting the Nursing Times Speak Out Safely campaign, we encourage our staff and students to raise concerns about wrongdoing or poor practice when they see it and to feel that their concerns will be addressed in a constructive way.

We promise that where staff or students identify a genuine patient safety concern, we’ll support and help them to ensure their concern is fully investigated and, if appropriate, act on their concern. We’ll also give them feedback about how service providers have responded to the issue they have raised as soon as possible.

Whether you’re a staff member or a student, please speak up. We want you to be able to Speak Out Safely.  More details on our pledge.

Take your first step towards a career in nursing today.