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Department of Adult Nursing

About the Department

Preserving our heritage is key but moving our thinking forward is vital.

We want to create modern nurses who are curious, compassionate, intelligent, resourceful, excellent clinical decision-makers and leaders in healthcare practice.

By making our past relevant to the 21st century, we’re inspiring a new generation of nurses and using innovative thinking to overcome challenges in healthcare.


Why study Adult Nursing at King's?

The Department of Adult Nursing has been making a significant contribution to nursing practice for many years. ​You’ll be taught by lecturers who are evidence based, innovative and research focused in delivering a rich and engaging curriculum.​ Our graduates are highly sought and respected by employers, and many have gone on to leadership, research and clinical roles.​

We offer a balanced programme providing you with knowledge, skills and values to be an excellent practitioner.​ The focus is on person-centred care, clinical decision making, health across the life span, mental health and wellbeing, and working safely and effectively.​ There is a diversity of clinical experience with links to world-leading NHS Trusts and other organisations, who we work closely with as our pratice partners. ​

Your educational experience is a focused on educational best practice and an assessment for learning strategy. You will experience online and face to face seminars and lectures as well as skill, simulation and virtual simulation to foster your development. The learning is one that is challenging in a supportive and engaging approach. 

The Adult Nursing Team

With a team of around 50 staff, the Adult Nursing Department is the largest in the Faculty. We are a diverse and close-knit team of professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, teaching fellows, lecture-practitioners and clinical teachers. Visiting lecturers, researchers and PhD students also share their expertise with us and our students. We're all either adult nursing or allied health professional with a vast range of clinical and leadership experience.

Many of the members of the department have national and international recognition as leaders in their field of practice, research or education.​ Departmental staff are part of university and outside organisations and working groups related to their field of expertise. We have a strong ethos of collaborative working with our colleagues in other health faculties at King's through our Centre for Team-Based & Practice Learning in Healthcare and areas such as our prescribing education. Students studying in our Department will also have shared learning with the other teaching departments in our Faculty - Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery and Children's Nursing.

Our staff specialise in a whole host of areas, from accident and emergency to care for people in their own home, pain management to critical care, and specialist practice to leadership and management. Their varied experiences give students a unique insight and exposure into the day-to-day challenges of nursing, healthcare and leadership. Although many staff have decades of experience, we also have more recently qualified nurses in the Department too. They bring fresh ideas, challenge our thinking and help us move forward. As a team, we're always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver education. During the pandemic for example, we quickly developed Labs at Home and Virtual Simulation learning online when our students could not come to campus due to the national lockdown. 

The thing about King's is once you join us you don’t want to leave. Our courses prepare students to become excellent nurses, but many come back as teachers or researchers.

Lorraine Robinson, Head of Department

Developing curious and compassionate nurses  

We offer two routes to registration, professional development modules, masters degrees and research degree programmes. Our courses give nurses the chance delve into in different clinical areas such as nursing in intensive care, the social and political context of nursing, and palliative care. Alongside placements in our partner trusts, we give students the opportunity to complete a research elective. This involves working with the team on a research project – some students even get their name on publications.  

Being a King's nurse is held in high regard. Ward staff always know when you’re a King’s student, and they always comment on how committed we are to learning and how we always get stuck into patient care and the patient experience.

Michael, BSc Adult Nursing student


Uncovering solutions for healthcare  

At King’s we’re relentlessly searching for ways to improve both the way in which we offer education, and the health of individuals, families and communities. We work closely with staff in our Faculty's Research Divisions to ensure our education is evidence-based and contemporary. Staff in our Department who specialise in both education and research are also in a Research Division and bring expertise and knowledge from their field of research into their teaching. 

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