School of Nursing & Midwifery
An Exciting Time of Change
This is an exciting time for the development of nursing and midwifery. We’re currently experiencing some radical changes in the delivery of healthcare and, as a result, the level of knowledge and skills required by Nurses, Midwives and allied health professionals has never been greater. The wide-range of education and development opportunities provided by our school combines challenge with the reward of doing something truly worthwhile with your career. Our education programmes are innovative in their approach, with a strong emphasis on practice-based learning, allowing you to apply your new knowledge to your own area of practice, interest or area of career ambition.
Teaching and Learning
We have a strong reputation for producing person-centred, capable and professional graduates. We provide dynamic and transformational learning, as well as teaching and research that makes a leading contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of local, national and global communities.
A key part of learning and development is evolved through simulated learning. Our School uses simulated learning in a number of courses allowing students to experience real-life situations but in a realistic and safe environment. Using volunteer patients and a range of facilities across campus, students can practice their response and actions when facing an emergency situation, preparing them for the future.
Watch our video on simulated learning to see how it can enhance your learning experience.
Learn about our strategy
Our academic team members are all qualified practitioners, and you will benefit from their vast and varied clinical expertise and research knowledge. Their goal is to help you to become knowledgeable, influential, skilled, compassionate, and ready to work within a rapidly changing health and social care environment.
Our Graduates Make an Impact
As our student we know that we can help you to discover what you didn’t know was possible, through a learning experience that will be unique, dynamic and personal.
95% of graduates from our undergraduate programme go on to work or further study six months after finishing the course (Unistats, 2017).
Connect with us
School of Nursing & Midwifery
The Ishbel Gordon Building
Robert Gordon University
Tel: +44 (0)1224 262982
We have purpose-built, state-of-the-art teaching and training facilities to provide you with a realistic and safe environment to practice your clinical skills.
Our ward area includes two six-bed rooms, a high-dependency room with ‘Sim man’, a children’s room with ‘Paediatric Hal’ and also a Nurses’ station.
Team-working and inter-professional practice are top priorities in the many different roles within the allied health professions, ranging from Diagnostic Radiographers, Nurses and Midwives, to Pharmacists, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. Our inter-professional learning programme facilitates learning through multi-disciplinary teams of students which is a unique learning opportunity to undertake real cases and to work with other students of the health professions.
Our volunteer patient programme provide further opportunities to put skills into practice with real patients from the community.
All of these facilities provide professional-level training which will prepare you for a career in health care from the outset, and increase your perspective, experience and employability.
Placement experience is essential for producing graduates who are fit-for-purpose in rapidly changing health and social care environments. Our students undertake a variety of placements in locations throughout Scotland and, in some cases, abroad. These placements allow theory to be put into practice and essential skills are developed.
All of our undergraduate courses offer placements in practice, for up to 50% of the programme Course-specific information on placements is provided on the course page.
Affiliations and Industry Links
We have strong links with health and social care clinical partners, including the private sector, across the North and North East of Scotland covering both hospital and community settings. Our developing collaboration with service users and carers ensures that our courses are contemporary, evidence-based, and meet the needs of providers and users of health and social care services in a modern context.
We are proud to be associated with the following leading organisations, institutions and professional bodies.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the UK public. It is responsible for registering all nurses and midwives, and setting the standards of education, training and conduct that nurses and midwives need to deliver high quality healthcare.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
HCPC is a regulator which was set up to protect the public by keeping a register of health professionals who meet the Council’s standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.
We have a vibrant community of post graduate research students and there are opportunities to study for Research Master's, PhD and Professional Doctorates in topics related to our main themes.
We welcome enquiries about studying here. Please contact Dr Flora Douglas, Research Degrees Co-ordinator, for further information and a copy of our research brochure
- Applying for a Research Degree
- Doctorate of Professional Practice
Our Research Aims and Themes
Our Research aim is to engage with key partners to develop, deliver and disseminate high quality research that is of value to society, those using health and social care services, and the professions of nursing and midwifery.
We have two central core themes for research:
- Person, Family and Community Focused Health and Wellbeing & Organisation
- Delivery of Health & Social Care/Services
Aligned to these core themes, we have two research groups that lead research activities. These are:
- Long-Term Conditions, Palliative and End of Life Care and Bereavement
- Maternal, Child and Family Health
The aim of the research groups is to undertake applied health research which impacts upon policy, education and practice and fits with RGU’s mission to ‘transform people and communities.’ Each group is organised around a portfolio of internationally-recognised research with a transdisciplinary focus conducted in collaboration and partnership with multiple stakeholders: women and men; families and carers; members of the public and our communities; academic, clinical and voluntary sector partners; policy makers; funders and, community and health service leaders.
Research undertaken by the groups will align with a range of theoretical frameworks and models relating to the development and evaluation of complex interventions and implementation in practice. A range of methodologies including mixed methods, systematic literature reviews, scoping and mapping studies, quantitative and qualitative research, and feasibility and pilot studies moving towards large scale RCTs, if and where appropriate.
The School Research Committee is convened by Professor Catriona Kennedy. The purpose of the research committee is to guide the development and conduct of research in the School and the research groups will report through the committee.
Long-Term Conditions, Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group
Group Lead: Dr Aileen Grant
The aim of this research group is to conduct high quality, impactful research that aims to improve quality of life in, and the quality and delivery of care and support for, people with a diverse range of physical and mental long-term conditions from diagnosis to end of life. We will work collaboratively with people affected by long-term conditions and their families, and across disciplines with our clinical, and third sector partners, adopting a co-creative, co-production model of investigation. Key areas of research within the programme include: supported self-management, rehabilitation, palliative and end of life care, and bereavement support.
Maternal, Child and Family Health Research Group
Group Lead: Professor Susan Crowther
The aim of this research group is to conduct high quality, impactful research that aims to improve the quality of maternity, family and paediatric services across primary and hospital sectors. We will work collaboratively with women and their families, and across disciplines with our clinical, and third sector partners, adopting a co-creative, co-production model of investigation. Key areas of research include: sustainable workforces (e.g. rural and remote midwifery services, models of care provision), women and family’s physical and mental health and wellbeing (e.g. physical, psychological and spiritual) and safe, accessible and acceptable service provision.
- Dr Ziying Shuai: An analysis of policy to practice developments in NMHAPs in Scotland 2005-2010
- Dr Elaine Allan: Nursing middle managers’ experiences of role enactment and processes of change across evolving Community Health Partnership organisations
- Dr Steve Smith: Becoming: An analysis of narratives describing the experiences of nurses who have undertaken training in solution focused brief therapy
The School has been instrumental in founding the new International Network for Electronic Theses and Dissertations in Nursing (INETDIN) which aims to be the key global site for knowledge about nursing e-theses and dissertations.