Return to Practice course a big hit with former nurses

Lynda Civil, nurse and academic lecturer nursing degree

Nurses and midwives seeking to return to work after years away from the profession are successfully going back into their careers, thanks to an innovative course at the University of South Wales.

The Return to Practice course (RTP) is now well established and has a high success rate. The course continues to be a big hit with former nurses, who say the course has restored their confidence and competence, proving their decision to return to nursing was the right one.

Aimed at those who are currently not active on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register, the Return to Practice programme allows students to choose pathways from all fields of nursing, such as adult, mental health, learning disability, midwifery and specialist community public health nursing.

Students can be reassured that they will be supported by a team of experienced staff from the University and clinical practice. Close collaboration with local health boards also helps improve employment opportunities for students once they complete the programme.

Demand for experienced nurses

Alex Holmes, RTP course leader wants to spread the message that there is a demand for experienced nurses to return to practice

"Some may think they have left it too late to return, or are lacking the confidence to return to nursing or think that the course may be too difficult given their personal circumstances."

"Whether you are someone who may have qualified as a nurse but then never practiced, someone who has been out of the profession for many years or just a few, come along to one of our Open Evenings for an informal chat about the RTP course and how its flexibility could well suit you."

The University of South Wales offers post-registration nursing courses, including specialist courses in palliative care; advanced practice and critical care.