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World-leaders in Nursing research and education

Published: 10 May 2018
Professor Mandy Facer
Nursing at Southampton ranks ninth in the world according to the QS World Rankings by subject 2018

Nursing at Southampton ranks ninth in the world and third in the UK according to the QS World Rankings by subject 2018. This recognition comes as no surprise to Professor Mandy Fader, Dean of Health Sciences at the University who says: “This primarily is an acknowledgment of the world-rated research we do.

“One of our key areas of research involves exploring living with cancer post treatment. In many cases, cancer is now a long-term condition rather than a terminal diagnosis, making it all the more important to consider good quality of life post treatment. People who are more confident about their treatment and their future tend to do well. 

“We host the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group – the only centre funded by Macmillan that focuses on research into cancer survivorship – and have a funded programme of research with the Movember Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK covering physical and mental health following treatment. “

Southampton has also recently received EU funding to work with the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence to trial technology, including a SMART watch and SMART glasses that can measure the rate and depth of compressions when giving resuscitation. Our Nursing students are testing and commenting on this technology that could result in its being used by the public, in wards, and for training purposes. Other studies focus on the topical subject of nurse staffing shortages and considering how many skilled nurses are needed to work on a unit and when reduced staffing levels start to threaten patients’ lives.

Recruiting the best

Nursing in the UK has changed significantly in recent decades and at Southampton we ensure that we remain at the forefront of contemporary nursing practice.

Mandy says, “Our highly-motivated students come from a wide range of backgrounds. We develop their potential through great clinical experience and dynamic education programmes which are integrated with research; enabling them to graduate career-ready to find innovative solutions to the complex healthcare challenges facing society today.

“Our graduates are highly sought after both nationally and internationally, and are well-placed to pursue successful senior-level careers in healthcare. 

Campaign launch

Southampton has recently launched a campaign to attract students – from an even greater diversity of backgrounds – who might not have considered nursing as a career.

“Many people don’t realise the opportunities that a career in nursing can offer. Some of the highest positions in the NHS are occupied by nurses. Added to that, nursing itself is highly technical these days and requires an enormous amount of critical thinking skills. Nurses do now what junior doctors did 20 years ago,” says Mandy.

 

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