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Masters Degrees (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)

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Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), this programme is aimed at experienced neonatal nurses who expect their career to remain in neonatal professional practice, and who are working in neonatal intensive care units. Read more
Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), this programme is aimed at experienced neonatal nurses who expect their career to remain in neonatal professional practice, and who are working in neonatal intensive care units.

The course has been designed to ensure you develop and demonstrate all of the competencies detailed in the RCN Guidance on Nurse Practitioners (2008) and the standards of the course meet those required by the RCN Accreditation Unit. The course consists of two types of modules: core modules units, which are not paediatric specific, and pathway modules that are neonatal specific to this course.

The programme content reflects the complexity of the clinical environment and acknowledges your experience. The main approach is problem-based. Problem-based learning (PBL) enables the development of analytical reasoning and synthesis skills. It also helps develop the group skills necessary to function in the clinical environment.

Modules

Year 1

Underpinning physiological principles for ANPs
Advanced assessment of the presenting neonate
Advanced clinical skills for the ANNP
Non-medical prescribing
Managing the complex presenting neonate

Step-off at Year 1 for the PgCert.

Year 2

Research methodology and strategy
Non-medical prescribing or
Innovations for excellence - leading service improvement

Step-off at Year 2 for the PgDip

Year 3

Research preparation
Systematic Review
Dissertation or practice development project

Complete the dissertation for the full MSc award.

Timetable

Attendance on the course is normally one or two days per week. The course when undertaken two days per week is designed to ensure you can function effectively as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner at the end of Year one of the programme. Most neonatal units sending staff to the programme prefer this route.

The first academic year is organised into one, 15 week semester. The second semester is where the Non-Medical Prescribing course has been integrated into the programme and this is run over six months. The second academic year is organised into two, 15 week semesters where you would normally undertake just one module/unit per semester. An additional requirement, for the MSc award requires you to undertake a research preparation module/unit and a 12,000 word dissertation or practice development project which is completed in Year three.

Professional links

Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

Employability

The combination of clinical and leadership skills will lead to employment in a variety of roles such as nurse consultants/advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and shape the future of neonatal intensive care nursing.

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Summary. This programme is designed around the needs of experienced neonatal practitioners looking to further develop practice and/or prepare for clinical practice roles at a senior level. Read more

Summary

This programme is designed around the needs of experienced neonatal practitioners looking to further develop practice and/or prepare for clinical practice roles at a senior level. It will enable you to strengthen your existing knowledge, skills and competencies while also preparing you for roles that require greater autonomy, responsibility and more complex clinical decision-making.

Modules

Core Modules: Decision Making for Advanced Clinical Practice, Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice, Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Neonatal Practitioner Pathways), Dissertation.

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This course combines theory and practice, and you’ll develop skills in critical thinking, analysis and self-awareness. You’ll take part in workshops using real clinical scenarios. Read more

About the course

This course combines theory and practice, and you’ll develop skills in critical thinking, analysis and self-awareness. You’ll take part in workshops using real clinical scenarios. You’ll learn how to work across traditional boundaries and how to deal with the uncertainty that is inherent in an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner role.

The world needs health professionals

And we’re dedicated to educating them. We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.

The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You’ll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill and the best students’ union in the country on your doorstep.

We teach the skills that matter

Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.

We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.

Core modules

An In-Depth Review of Biosciences and Pathophysiology as Applied to the Neonate; Neonatal Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning; Advanced Clinical Skills Acquisition; Complex Neonatal Nursing; Evidence Base for Practice; Leadership, Autonomy, Advocacy, Accountability and Responsibility.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll develop a portfolio of learning: skills log, case study presentations, professional conversations and reflective workshops, objective structured clinical exam, formative and summative EMSQs (multiple choice-style questions under exam conditions) and report writing.

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Do you want to enhance your career opportunities and learning within the specialist field of neonatal nursing? Our innovative new MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programme has been developed through close collaboration with key stakeholders, including Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, to empower you to develop as an advanced practitioner. Read more
Do you want to enhance your career opportunities and learning within the specialist field of neonatal nursing? Our innovative new MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programme has been developed through close collaboration with key stakeholders, including Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, to empower you to develop as an advanced practitioner. The contemporary focus inspires efficiency, effectiveness and quality of practice to positively impact on neonatal care.

Key features

-Seize opportunities to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience, as well as programme specific modules delivered by specialist neonatal practitioners.
-Gain a deeper understanding of the advanced clinical practice role and learn how this level of practice is used to enhance the patient journey.
-Develop a critical understanding of the contemporary issues that impact on neonatal practice and how the advancing level of practice influences the provision of high quality, patient centred care.
-Critically review trends in theory, practice and management relating to neonatal practice.
-Develop a contemporary approach to health and social care through advancing and utilising knowledge and skills in professional practice, underpinned by a focus on excellence and sustainability by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.
-Promote an understanding of the philosophy and procedures involved in research and use of evidence, with the opportunity to design and undertake research that will enhance and develop patient care and/or service provision within the neonatal arena.
-Be equipped to take on lead roles in management, clinical practice and/or education.
-Part time programme offering flexible delivery and exit points to support a learner centred approach.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits by undertaking three core modules.

Please note: the named exit award at postgraduate certificate level is Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking five core modules.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from two further core modules.

Year 1
-APP702 Advancing Research Knowledge in Practice 1
-ANNP701 Holistic Neonatal Assessment and Clinical Management
-APP701 Advancing Practice in Context

Year 2
-ANNP702 – Advanced neonatal nursing practice
-NMP702 – Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives

Final year
-APP703 – Advancing research knowledge in practice 2
-SPP701 – Substantive professional project

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IN BRIEF. You will be supported in clinical practice by experienced neonatal nurse practitioners, consultant neonatologists, or specialist pediatric registrars. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will be supported in clinical practice by experienced neonatal nurse practitioners, consultant neonatologists, or specialist pediatric registrars
  • You will be taught by experts in the field including tertiary neonatologists, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, midwifery lecturers, pharmacists and radiographers
  • You will develop advanced clinical skills in our brand new simulation suites with our award-winning human simulators
  • Clinical placement opportunity

COURSE SUMMARY

This practical course uses a work-based learning approach to develop the higher-level skills that will lead to advanced practitioner status.

This is a challenging and intense programme and allows experienced neonatal intensive care nurses to become qualified advanced neonatal nurse practitioners.

This 12 month course requires a high level of commitment to succeed and you will move from a nursing to a medical rota immediately upon qualification.  

You will achieve a number of clinical competencies such as advanced resuscitation skills, insertion of percutaneous long lines, insertion of umbilical and venous catheters, airway management and intubation and chest drains.

COURSE DETAILS

The programme may be commissioned by Health Education North West to meet the needs of a modernizing NHS. Upon completion you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced practitioner in Neonates to work within a junior medical rota.

TEACHING

You are expected to be flexible during the programme to facilitate your learning and clinical practice/experience:

  • During the first three months you will be introduced to new concepts, theories and medical management  including physiology, pathophysiology for neonates with in the maternity department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • For the rest of the programme you will attend university and work in clinical practice
  • You will self-roster your off duty, clinical practice/experience within your tertiary intensive neonatal care unit (learning on the job)
  • You will be given a named supervisor (consultant neonatologist)
  • You must accrue a minimum of 720 clinical hours during your twelve months training

Simulation teaching will be undertaken in the university’s simulation suite and in the clinical area.

ASSESSMENT

You will be expected to undertake a series of assessments including a clinical portfolio, written assignments, OSCE, and supervised clinical practice by specialist registrars, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and consultant neonatologists.

FACILITIES

Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Upon completion of this course, students will become advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and will work on a medical rota. Some students may also wish to progress onto a PhD or work as a nurse consultant or in a leadership role in clinical practice.



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A Royal College of Nursing accredited course, for senior neonatal nurses wishing to advance their careers to advanced neonatal nurse practitioner level. Read more
A Royal College of Nursing accredited course, for senior neonatal nurses wishing to advance their careers to advanced neonatal nurse practitioner level.

Who is it for?

MSC in Advance Practice in Health and Social Care (Neonatal Route) is designed for experienced neonatal nurses who are interested in advancing their skills and Knowledge in neonatal medicine.

The modules will equip you to undertake a junior doctor’s role, whilst practising as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner. Graduates from this programme also gain the necessary skills and knowledge to act as nurse consultant, lead nurse, clinical educator and clinical researcher, within the primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings. Applicants must hold a minimum of Band 6 clinical post in a neonatal setting.

Objectives

As a student on this course you will develop a clear understanding of the underpinning principles of applied anatomy and physiology.

You will be taught decision-making processes based on a solid foundation of pathophysiology and individualised patient assessment that can be directly applied to your workplace. You will be exposed to the principles of applied pharmacotherapy and emerge as a safe prescribing practitioner with the ability to stand within the modern NHS, bridging the gap between the nursing and medical practice.

You will be encouraged to operate as part of a team, learning the principles of team training, human factors and crisis resource management to which you will be exposed within the workplace. You will develop skills in research and applied data analysis as well as a deeper understanding of health and social care settings and the role of an advanced nurse practitioner.

The programme is led by senior neonatologists and academic staff from City, University of London and supported by senior ANNP and neonatal consultants from Barts Health NHS Trust.

Placements

In addition to the taught component, you must spend a minimum of 150 hours per discipline specific module providing direct and indirect clinical care, attending clinical teachings and seminars. You must have your study time approved before commencing the programme.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers students excellent clinical training facilities. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst studying.

Teaching and learning

Students will learn from a variety of student-centred and problem based teaching and learning strategies aimed at developing and assessing knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning strategies involve shared learning across the MSC programmes. Discipline specific modules are led by senior neonatologist from Barts Health NHS.

There will be extensive use of City's virtual learning platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used to assess the programme learning outcomes. The choice of assessment method will be influenced by the focus and learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, portfolios, skills schedules and VIVA VOCE.

Modules

Full-time students will usually study two modules per semester, spend two days a week in classes and two-three days in the clinical area.

Part-time students will usually study one module per semester and spend a minimum of 11.5 hours per week in clinical practice.

Core modules
-Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
-Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules
-Advanced Physical Assessment of the Newborn and Infant (15 credits)
-Critical thinking and Diagnostic Reasoning across the Lifespan - Neonates (15 credits)
-Neonatal Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (15 credits)
-Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing (30 credits)

Career prospects

Graduates will be able to influence neonatal care at both direct and indirect levels through the development of services and the application of research to clinical practice. The course prepares students for a range of roles including advanced neonatal nurse practitioner, educator, researcher nurse consultant and senior nurse manager in all healthcare settings.

Successful completion of the course fulfils the requirements for advanced practitioner roles in a range of health and social care contexts and qualifies students to apply for research posts and to conduct independent research.

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This 30 credit, Level 7 blended learning module from the School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health enables students to gain bespoke skills and competencies associated with their area of practice. Read more
This 30 credit, Level 7 blended learning module from the School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health enables students to gain bespoke skills and competencies associated with their area of practice.

Students develop an understanding of advanced practice, subject specific principles and underpinning theory for examining their client group. Clinical skills in assessment will be developed in order to undertake safe examinations amongst specified client groups, with the ability to demonstrate higher level clinical reasoning and problem solving.

As minimal university attendance is required, some areas can be studied by distance learning. The module runs over the academic year with flexible finishing dates depending on the achievement of clinical competencies.

Students can choose their specialist focus:
-Advanced Perineal Assessment and Repair: An opportunity for experienced midwives working in intrapartum care to develop their skills, including training other staff in perineal assessment and repair
-Assisted Birth: An opportunity for experienced midwives working in intrapartum care, focusing on preparing midwives to undertake ventouse delivery
-Contemporary Midwifery Practice: Extends midwifery skills in the support of women with complex care needs, enabling women to have positive birth experiences
-Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH): Designed for staff working directly in sexual health services (level 3), or in level 1 and 2 services providing contraception advice
-External Cephalic Version (ECV): An exciting new development for midwives providing antenatal care to take on this extended role
-Gynaecology: An opportunity for nurses working in acute / oncological gynaecology settings to establish nurse-led services
-High Dependency Care of the Childbearing Woman: Develops the skills required to provide care throughout the childbearing continuum for women on an obstetric high dependency unit
-Physical Examination of the Newborn / 6-8 Week Examination: Designed for midwives, neonatal nurses, health visitors and advanced nurse practitioners working with newborn babies and infants

Why Bradford?

This innovative module is directly relevant to clinical practice and, for most selections, the student has the option to study through distance learning with minimal university attendance.

Learning activities and assessment

Skills and competencies covered
-Development of understanding of subject specific principles for anatomical examination and assessments with associated theories in the specified client group
-Clinical skills in assessment will be developed in order to undertake safe assessment, with the ability to demonstrate higher level clinical reasoning and appropriate problem solving

Outline Syllabus
-Case histories drawn from primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings covering a range of anatomical systems and multiple functional physiology and pathologies
-On line teaching materials on systematic anatomy, anatomical assessment and related physiology giving consideration to clinical effectiveness
-Ethical and Legal and professional aspects of extending roles
-Protocols and procedures and the auditing of practice
-Clinical governance and clinical effectiveness
-Critical reading skills

Assessment
-A 2500 words case study / audit
-A clinical logbook containing bespoke competencies to be achieved
-A short OSCE (objective simulated clinical examination)

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

This module provides the student the opportunity to develop skills in advanced practice and pursue a career as a specialist practitioner.

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