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The programme aims to develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the field of professional practice to complex issues, systematically and creatively, so that you may lead the continuing enhancement of the child's and their family's experience of health care. Read more
The programme aims to develop your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the field of professional practice to complex issues, systematically and creatively, so that you may lead the continuing enhancement of the child's and their family's experience of health care.

In addition it aims to enhance life-long learning skills and personal development, to enable you to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to professional practice and to society.

This is a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accredited programme and is aimed at: Children's nurses who expect their career to remain primarily in health care professional practice. You will be working in primary, secondary or tertiary care clinical settings that require advanced nurse practitioner role preparation and wish to continue your academic development to post-graduate level.

The programme is also designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes commensurate with the Nurse Practitioner level of nursing practice (as defined by the RCN, 2008).

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See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/childrens-advanced-nurse-practitioner

Modules

Year 1:
Advanced Assessment of the Presenting Child Underpinning Principles of Physiology for ANP Non-Medical Prescribing.

Year 2:
Managing the Complex Presenting Child Research in Health and Social Care Practice Development through Individual Learning.

Year 3:
Dissertation/Work Based Project/Systematic Review.

Employability

This course provides focus and direction for nurses who wish to develop their career as a Children's Advanced Nurse Practitioner. It is essential that all nurses undertaking this course have the skills necessary to ensure that they provide a safe and optimal standard of care.

Teaching and learning

A range of assessments are employed including Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Observed Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA), seen examinations and written assignments. The assessment strategy employed is closely aligned with the RCN competencies needed to achieve RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner status and the Knowledge and Skills Framework.

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Non-standard entry requirements. To be eligible to enter this course you need to be. – A registered nurse who has been qualified for a minimum of 2 years. Read more
Non-standard entry requirements:
To be eligible to enter this course you need to be:
– A registered nurse who has been qualified for a minimum of 2 years
– Able to provide evidence of recent academic level study
– Employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week in one of the following :
- A primary care setting such as general practice, walk-in centre, urgent care facility (A&E, MIU’s etc), out of hours services, rapid response team, community matron role, offender care, within intermediate care services, or a role which crosses traditional health care boundaries
– Able to demonstrate the employer support for you to undertake the course and develop as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
– Able to organise for a doctor/qualified NP to act as your ‘Practice Facilitator’ to initially supervise and subsequently support practice–based learning activities and your clinical development
– Able to dedicate 3 hours per week (in addition to your study day in college) to work in a ‘supernumerary capacity’ in order to focus on your development as an ANP and complete the requirement for certified clinical hours
– Motivated to undertake this course of study and to develop your practice to become an ANP

Course units:
All units on this ANP preparation programme are compulsory, with a prescribed sequence of progression.

BSc (Hons) Enhancing Clinical Practice (Primary Care)
Year 1
– Underpinning Physiological Principles for Advanced Nurse Practitioners
– Health Assessment for Advanced Practice
– Therapeutic Communication and Consultation Skills
– Evaluating Research for Advanced Practice

Year 2
– Clinical Reasoning & Applied Pathophysiology in Primary Care
– Professional Development for Advanced Nursing Practice
– Non-Medical Prescribing programme [Course code 3468]

Students continue to the Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care)
Year 3
– Innovation for Excellence – Leading Service Improvement
– Evidence-based Clinical Practice for ANP’s

Course description:
This innovative pathway will enable you to reach a new advanced level of practice commensurate with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) definition of an ANP (2008) and thereby take full advantage of opportunities within primary health care.

The ANP preparation comprises of 3 parts : (1) For the first two years, you will undertake a prescribed sequence of six degree level units, (2) followed by the Non Medical Prescribing programme, to initially be awarded a BSc (Hons) Enhancing Clinical Practice (Primary Care) at the end of that period. (3) You will then undertake masters level units in the final semester to gain an additional award of PG Cert Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care). This combination ensures undergraduates who enter the programme have demonstrated masters-level outcomes upon graduation as an ANP, consistent with current thinking regarding advanced nursing practice.

Focused practice–based learning activities are integrated at all stages to complement classroom learning and develop clinical and professional scope of practice to an advanced level. The requirements for this extend beyond normal LSBU semesters to include the summer periods.

The programme can be taken on a modular basis over a period of up to 5 years. Accreditation of Prior Learning is considered on an individual basis.

The format of this programme facilitates progression to an MSc eg students need to complete one core research unit and three units of their choice and a dissertation to be awarded the MSc Primary Care.

Career opportunities:
ANP graduates have excellent employment opportunities in general practice, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units, A&E departments, refugee/ asylum seekers/homeless projects, elderly care facilities, ‘out of hours’ developments, outreach initiatives, intermediate care teams and community matron roles. Some of our graduates are now lead nurses in new innovative services, partners in general practices, community matrons and nurse consultants.

Professional contacts / Industry links:
This course has been developed from our experience of providing RCN Accredited, high quality ANP programmes since 1990.

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Duration. 3 years for MSc. 2 years for PgDip. 1 year for PgCert. Simple timetabling information. Part-time days. The programme commences with a 3 day orientation in mid September. Read more
Duration:
3 years for MSc
2 years for PgDip
1 year for PgCert

Simple timetabling information:
Part-time days. The programme commences with a 3 day orientation in mid September. The course day for year 1, Semester 1 is Tuesdays and is normally Wednesdays for the remainder of the course.

Non-standard entry requirements
- A registered nurse who has been qualified for a minimum of 3 years
- Normally at least a second class Honours degree
- Current employment in professional practice (minimum 20 hours a week)
- Evidence of your employer’s support)
- Has an appropriately qualified and experienced nominated practice facilitator
- Ability to dedicate appropriate time within a clinical setting in order to focus on the practice-requirements of the course

Course units
Year 1
Semester 1:
• Underpinning Physiological Principles for Advanced Nurse Practitioners
• Advanced Assessment of the Patient with Cancer
• Semester 2:
• Non –Medical Prescribing (Jan – July)
Year 2
Semester 1:
• Research Methodology & Strategy
• Practice Development through Individual Learning
• Semester 2:
• Innovation for Excellence
• The Cancer Patient’s Experience: Interventions and Support
Year 3:
• Research Philosophies & Methods of Enquiry or equivalent
• Research dissertation or Practice project

Course description:
This programme comprises of clinically focussed units which develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes associated with advanced nursing practice. You will develop professional, leadership, research and advanced clinical skills via the course units, some of which are shared with the other Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) pathways allowing common learning experiences for all ANP students.

A large proportion of your learning will take place in your work setting and placements and you will need to identify a Practice Facilitator to support this element of your development. A variety of student-centred teaching and learning strategies are used including Problem Based Learning, skills demonstration with supervised practice, communication workshop with professional actors, visits to an anatomy laboratory and online learning resources.

A range of methods assess your learning including essays, exams, taped consultation analysis, completion of certified clinical hours and practical exams e.g. OSCE/OSCA. There are three exit points from the programme; the first, a PG Cert is suitable if you want to advance some aspects of your role but do not want to become an ANP. The PgDip and MSc will allow you to work as an ANP Cancer Care. All three options include the Non-Medical Prescribing course.

Career opportunities:
Graduates meet the competencies and standards currently proposed for advanced nursing roles and hold posts such as Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Consultant, and service/clinical leads in a variety of cancer care settings.

Professional Contact / Industry links:
The PgDip is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).

Additional notes:
Special Course features:
- Evolved from the first Nurse Practitioner programme in the UK
- Incorporates Non-Medical Prescribing programme
- Taught by a dedicated team of experienced qualified Nurse Practitioners and other clinical experts in Cancer Care .Integral practice based learning in your own workplace, supported by visits from the course team
- RCN accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner programme
- You will be able to demonstrate achievement of the RCN ANP competencies (2008) on graduation with a PgDip/MSc from this programme.

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A Royal College of Nursing accredited course, offering advanced level practice for nurse practitioners who provide direct care to patients, clients and service users. Read more
A Royal College of Nursing accredited course, offering advanced level practice for nurse practitioners who provide direct care to patients, clients and service users.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for experienced Adult or Child nurses working in senior positions or those who are preparing for advanced nurse practitioner, care manager, nurse consultant or clinical leadership roles in primary, secondary, or tertiary healthcare settings.

As part of the course you will be required to complete a clinical work placement with appropriate supervision for physical assessment; therefore applicants must be nurses working in senior clinical positions.

Objectives

As a student on this course you will learn to work as an expert autonomous practitioner within all fields of healthcare.

You will gain contemporary theoretical and professional skills and knowledge in areas including clinical and direct care practice; leadership and collaborative practice; improving quality and developing practice for the self and others, for advance practice.

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 course will prepare you for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that offer better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

City has been a trailblazer in providing excellent ANP education following introduction of advanced level education in the UK.

Placements

Students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers students excellent clinical training facilities. You will have access to a simulated six-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, will 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 while studying.

Teaching and learning

Students will learn from a variety of student-centred and patient focused teaching, learning and assessment strategies aimed at developing and assessing different knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning strategies involve shared learning across Adult and Child routes with further consideration and specialisation for intensive branch specific tutorials.

Students have the opportunity to work within their practice or other health care settings, and learn from lecturers who are experienced advanced nurse practitioners engaged in active clinical practice. There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience.

Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, portfolios, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Students may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.

Modules

The course can only be undertaken on a part-time basis due to the clinical stream required. Students will usually attend lectures one day a week and consolidate their practice for the rest of the week.

In addition students will need to undertake a minimum of 500 supervised supernumerary clinical hours for the duration of the course.

Discipline-specific 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, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning across the lifespan (30 credits)
-Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing (30 credits)
-Pathophysiological principles for advanced practice (15 credits)

Career prospects

As a graduate students will be able to influence nursing practice 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 nurse practitioner, nurse consultant and senior nurse manager in all healthcare settings working across the lifespan. 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.

This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until September 2018.

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We are proud that our course currently. This course provides nurses with the opportunity to become qualified in assessment, diagnosis and management of a wide range of clinical presentations in primary and secondary care settings. Read more
We are proud that our course currently:

• This course provides nurses with the opportunity to become qualified in assessment, diagnosis and management of a wide range of clinical presentations in primary and secondary care settings.

• This route aims to meet the standards of education for Advanced Nurse Practitioner training recommended by the Royal College of Nursing and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

• The qualification gained provides you with the opportunity to work autonomously and collaboratively meeting the health needs of their patients at the highest standard possible.

• This route aims to combine the best of medicine, nursing and allied health skills to enhance service provision and patient care.

The development of the role of advanced nurse practitioner is one of the ways the Government plans to modernise the National Health Service and improve the quality of healthcare. They add a new dimension to healthcare. Capable of working autonomously with high levels of skills, healthcare practitioners work as part of inter-disciplinary healthcare teams, complementing existing provision and improving patient care.

This course is designed to help experienced nurses take on this challenging role in healthcare settings. It aims to provide additional theoretical and clinical practice education and training not addressed in initial healthcare education. This is at an appropriate level to support the expansion of practice and the development of new skills; specifically clinical history taking, clinical examination skills and consultation skills.

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According to the International Council of Nursing, a nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making… Read more
According to the International Council of Nursing, a nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice which are shaped by the context and/or country in which they practise.Advanced practitioners are unique as nurses by virtue of their diagnostic and therapeutic capacity which allows the practitioners to work autonomously in carefully delegated aspects of a doctor’s role in both the acute and primary care sectors.

Course details

Our course is designed to facilitate your professional development as an advanced practitioner by providing you with the robust education required to support your role as a practitioner working at the interface of nursing with medicine. The course is structured in line with international and national guidance for nurse practitioner studies so you can be assured of the national integrity of your studies for health employers.The learning and teaching strategy within the programme has been guided by the definition of an advanced nurse practitioner.We use the competencies for advanced practice and the four pillars of advanced practice to articulate the core principle that advanced practice is a level of practice rather than a role.

What you study

There are several ways to advance your profile as a nurse practitioner professionally for your CV within our MSc Nursing framework.

There are two certified stop-off points in the programme to allow a flexible approach to your studies at this level.

You undertake one year or continue to two years to obtain a PgDip Advanced Practitioner.

You complete three years to obtain a MSc Nursing (Advanced Nurse Practitioner.)

Alternatively you may undertake single modules and accrue academic points as you go, which you may later put towards PgDip or MSc studies to enable you to match your studies to your working and family life.
-You study within a design based on the international and national curriculum guidance for advanced practice studies.
-There are core modules and an option module for you to choose from so that you may construct your pathway design to match your patient population as an advanced practitioner.

This course consists of 160 credits of core modules and 20 credits of a designated/option module. There is an induction period to help meet your needs in relation to the demands of master’s-level study.

In essence you improve your diagnostic and case management skills whilst increasing your knowledge of the common pathologies and holistic evidenced-based therapeutics.

Year 1 core modules
-Competencies for Advanced Nurse Practice 1
-Conceptualisation of Nursing through Person-centred Care

Year 2 core modules
-Advanced Inquiry in Nursing
-Competencies for Advanced Nurse Practice 2

Year 3 core modules
-Enhancing the User/Carer Experience Through Evidence-based Nursing (Dissertation)

Option modules
-Advanced Management of Secondary Prevention in Coronary Heart Disease
-Advanced Minor Injury/Illness Assessment Skills
-Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
-Arrhythmia Management
-Physical Assessment Skills (Adult)
-Supportive Care for Patients with Long-term Conditions

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

A matrix of assessments is used to ensure the fitness of your studies for practice purpose.
Work-based learning is a key feature of your pathway. Practice is not advanced unless it can be seen to be applied to practice for the good of your patients and your staff.

This matrix includes a variety of formative and summative assessment tools. For example,case-based discussion helps improve your clinical judgement; mini clinical evaluation exercises develop your diagnostic, history-taking and examination skills; case logs and case summaries to help you reflect on your diagnostic work-ups and clinical decision-making in practice; and multi-source feedback tools to enhance your patient centred focus. A variety of other assessment tools are used in other modules. These include the traditional examination for advanced pathophysiology, a clinical skills examination for the advanced physical assessment skills module, oral presentations and traditional written assignments for the nursing-focused modules.

Employability

There are many opportunities for nurse practitioners in the new NHS as a result of the General Medical Services contract; the European working directive and practice-based commissioning. Wherever nurse practitioners work they have repeatedly demonstrated reliable, high-quality, cost-effective care to patients.
Nurse practitioners have improved the quality of care of the patient journey. And they have reduced service costs (in some instances up to 50 per cent).

Nurse practitioners have also proven to service managers that they can safely operate in delegated aspects of a doctor role.

As a result of this evidence, nurse practitioners are increasingly in demand in many care sectors in the acute and community care environments.

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The Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) team at London South Bank University (LSBU) has a long history of delivering high-quality ANP education, initially with the first ANP programme in the UK based at the RCN Institute, London and subsequently at LSBU. Read more
The Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) team at London South Bank University (LSBU) has a long history of delivering high-quality ANP education, initially with the first ANP programme in the UK based at the RCN Institute, London and subsequently at LSBU. LSBU has provided ANP education at both degree and masters level in the past. However developments in policy related to advanced nursing practice have increasingly emphasised the need for masters level education to inform and underpin nursing activities at an advanced level.

You will initially enrol for the postgraduate ANP award programme, which comprises of a prescribed sequence of five compulsory modules and the Non Medical Prescribing programme. The curriculum for this award has been shaped by the Department of Health (2010) position statement on Advanced Level Nursing which is the current English policy standard for ANPs. It has been mapped against its four themes of "Clinical/direct care practice", "Leadership and collaborative practice", "Improving quality and developing practice" and "Developing self and others". This ensures that graduates from our Postgraduate Diploma ANP programme (PgDip ANP) will be able to demonstrate all of the elements that are detailed in this statement and are therefore benchmarked against the current policy standards for advanced nursing practice in England.

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Accreditation unit. This is the only quality marker for ANP programmes in the UK and demonstrates that our programme has been rigorously evaluated against 15 standards and associated criteria (RCN, 2012) and judged to prepare ANPs to an advanced level commensurate with the RCN guidance on ANPs (RCN, 2012). The sequencing of modules is designed to support advancement of clinical knowledge and skills during the programme.

The programme incorporates the Non Medical Prescribing programme for those students who are not already independent prescribers.

You have the option to exit at the end of the PgDip ANP or can choose to progress to gain the MSc award by undertaking a dissertation. You do not have to make this decision until year two or three depending on your rate of progress through the postgraduate diploma programme. You have up to five years to complete the Postgraduate Diploma. Graduates would be required to enrol to undertake the Dissertation within two years of completing the PgDip ANP. Those choosing to progress to the MSc ANP award have six years overall to complete this award from point of registration.

This clinically-focused programme is a "generic" ANP preparation programme. While it is offered to nurses working in any setting and with any client group it should be noted that the curriculum is designed to develop a "generalist" approach at advanced level. In practice this means that you will be expected to gain substantial experience in and demonstrate advanced level knowledge and clinical competence in relation to assessment, clinical reasoning, formulation of appropriate differential diagnosis, diagnostic decision making and initiation or delivery of appropriate timely evidence-based care for patients experiencing problems related to the following: head, neck, ENT, skin, eyes, lymph nodes, respiratory system, cardiac and peripheral vascular systems, gastrointestinal system, musculoskeletal system, neurological system (including cranial nerves), and mental health.

The programme is therefore not appropriate for nurses working within a specialist area who want to continue to further their learning and career within that specialty. An alternative MSc Nursing and MSc Healthcare programme provide a more suitable alternative. Take a look at our online CPPD prospectus for more information http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/hsccpd/ .

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/advanced-nurse-practitioner

Modules

The RCN ANP standards (2012) and DH (2010) Advanced Nursing position statement are central to the design of the curricula and staging of the modules. Key material is introduced, further developed, revisited and consolidated in a spiral approach, with knowledge and skills pertaining to all of the ANP domains and competencies taught, developed and assessed during the programme. All modules carry 20 credits at masters level (Level 7) other than the "Physiological Principles for ANPs" module which is provided at degree level (Level 6) to develop key foundation knowledge to underpin subsequent applied patho-physiology and pharmacology educational input.

The first two modules on the course are:
- Physiological Principles for ANPs
- Advanced Assessment Skills for Clinical Practice

These, along with the Non Medical Prescribing (NMP) programme, can be taken on a stand-alone single module basis and then credited into the ANP course within a two year time frame.

The other modules are listed below and these can only be taken once a student is enrolled on the programme:
- Clinical Reasoning and Applied Pathophysiology for ANPs
- Leadership and Service Development for ANPs
- Managing Clinical Complexity for ANPs

Non Medical Prescribing

The PgDip ANP includes the requirement for you to become an Independent Prescriber by successfully completing the Non Medical Prescribing (NMP) programme. This ensures that graduates from the programme will be able to fully meet patient's needs and service demands. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) stipulates the rules for delivery of the NMP programme, which dictate that this must be taken as a distinct entity with a separate application process. At LSBU the NMP programme is available as a Graduate Certificate (60 credits, Level 6) and a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, Level 7). Those on the PgDip ANP programme who have not already successfully completed the NMP programme or equivalent, will undertake the full NMP programme at Level 7 and 20 credits will be used towards the PgDip ANP award. A separate occurrence of the NMP programme will be provided for all ANP students from January to July each year. If you have previously completed the Non Medical Prescribing programme (or equivalent) at master's level then you will not be required to repeat this component. However, those who have previously completed the NMP programme (or equivalent) at degree level will be required to make up 20 credits at masters level by undertaking an optional module of choice. The School offers a wide variety of modules including ones that focus on assessing and managing children's minor illness, mentorship and developing research or specialist skills. Alternatively you could use master's level credit from prior learning at LSBU or study undertaken at another university.

Employability

To date we have prepared over 1,000 ANPs who have gone on to enjoy excellent employment opportunities. For example our graduates are now making a positive impact on service delivery and patient care in general practices, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units,A&E departments, refugee/asylum seekers/homeless projects, elderly care facilities, 'out of hours' developments, rapid response services, prison services, intermediate care teams, generalist and specialist acute services,critical-care and ITU, outreach initiatives that cross traditional healthcare boundaries, and innovative community-based services. Some are now lead nurses within social enterprises, partners in general practices, nurse representatives on commissioning boards, community matrons and nurse consultants.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is provided by experienced qualified ANPs, many of whom work regularly in clinical practice. A variety of student-centred, teaching strategies are used including skills demonstrations and supervised, practical workshops and use of online learning resources. High quality student skills development and supervision is provided with a one teacher to 15 student ratio.

E-learning complements face-to-face delivery for all modules. Blended learning is used as a teaching and learning strategy alongside classroom attendance in modules to enhance your clinical and professional development and support you to overcome the challenges that ANP's face in the workplace. You therefore need use of a computer and efficient internet access between classroom sessions. For those who are anxious about their ability to study and write at master's level will be supported with sessions on study skills, academic writing, formative feedback on their writing and one to one tutorials.

Practice based learning

Focused practice based learning activities are an integral part of the programme to complement classroom learning and develop your clinical and professional scope of practice to an advanced level. Evidence of clinical development and completion of certified clinical hours, form one of the components of assessment for the clinical modules. Requirements for skills development and practice based learning extend beyond the University semesters to include the summer periods. You are therefore strongly advised to negotiate for your study day to continue throughout the calendar year.

Learning within the work place is supported through identification of a doctor/qualified ANP to act as your "Practice Facilitator" to initially supervise and subsequently support your clinical development. Details of these activities and the role of the Practice Facilitator are provided in the Practice Based Learning Handbook which accompanies the programme and are discussed during a specific session for students and their Practice Facilitators within the Orientation programme at the start of the course.

Assessments

A range of assessment methods are used including health needs assessment leading to development of a service proposal, clinical case analysis, completion of certified clinical hours, a clinically focused portfolio and practical assessments including OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) Guided practice-based learning takes place in the your own work place, supported by a visit from an ANP Mentor.

Attendance

The attendance requirements for this programme are greater those normally associated with a traditional post-graduate course; we use additional study days / blocks to develop the professional skills that are integral to the pathway. The nature of this programme means that those who miss any sessions will lose out on their learning experience. Academic Regulations stipulate that students who miss more than two sessions within a module will not normally be eligible to continue to finish the module. Please consider this requirement when you plan to undertake the programme.

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This part-time course will support you in developing advanced practice competencies, across the four pillars of Advanced Practice and in line with nationally recognised advanced level nursing criteria. Read more
This part-time course will support you in developing advanced practice competencies, across the four pillars of Advanced Practice and in line with nationally recognised advanced level nursing criteria. You'll gain knowledge and skills that will help you develop in an advanced nurse practitioner role, professionally and academically at Master's level.

It will extend your analytical and reflective skills, and allow you to integrate new and existing clinical skills within your practice setting to provide high-quality healthcare as an autonomous practitioner in a multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Once you've completed this course, you’ll be able to further progress the service and practice development and clinical leadership aspects of your role by undertaking the MA Advanced Practice course. The Master's element will provide you with the opportunity to complete a service improvement project, which can support the development of new patient and client services and the enhance practice within your own organisation.

In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in December 2016 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded. The September 2016 and January 2017 intakes will undertake the existing course structure.

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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 programme will meet your needs if you are an experienced nurse, midwife or allied healthcare practitioner who is looking to further develop your practice and/or prepare for a clinical practice role at a senior level. Read more

Summary

This programme will meet your needs if you are an experienced nurse, midwife or allied healthcare practitioner who is looking to further develop your practice and/or prepare for a clinical practice role at a senior level. It will enable you to build on your existing clinical experience, skills and competencies while providing the educational knowledge needed for roles that require greater autonomy, responsibility and more complex clinical decision making.

This flexible programme offers choice of standard pathways that includes three option modules or one of nine named pathways focused on a particular aspect of clinical practice.

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City’s MSc Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner is a flexible, professionally orientated programme for nurses working in ophthalmic health and eye care within health and social care provisions. Read more
City’s MSc Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner is a flexible, professionally orientated programme for nurses working in ophthalmic health and eye care within health and social care provisions.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for registered nurses working in ophthalmic health or caring for people who are experiencing vision loss. It is for staff nurses and nurse managers, as well as those seeking a career in nursing or health research.

Objectives

The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner) programme provides ophthalmic nurses with up-to-date research-based and theoretical knowledge of a wide range of ophthalmic fields. The main focus of the programme is prescribing within the context of ophthalmic nursing. You will complete the non-medical prescribing programme in addition to ophthalmic-related modules which will enhance prescribing competence.

The course offers education in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to the role of ophthalmic nurse practitioner. It also develops research and critical thinking skills and provides the opportunity to conduct a research project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent practice and research in the future. This provides you with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master's programme tailored to nursing ophthalmic care.

Academic facilities

The Division of Optometry opened a brand-new, purpose-built eye clinic, City Sight in 2015. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform – Moodle for a more interactive learning experience.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is used with teaching methods such as: lectures; self-directed study; tutorials; action learning sets, class-based seminars; reflective study; enquiry based learning; workshops; individual and collaborative activity and presentations.

Students will learn in a variety of multidisciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning. There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Master's level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, portfolios, minilabs, case studies, reports, seminar presentations, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Students may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.

Modules

The programme provides a range of modules which include 15, 30 and 60-credit modules at Master’s level.

Core modules
-Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis
-Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice
-Dissertation

Discipline specific modules
-Independent, supplementary and non-medical prescribing
-Critical thinking for Ophthalmic Practice
-Principles of Therapeutics

Elective modules
-Professional Certificate in Glaucoma
-Professional Certificate in Medical Retina
-Medicines Management

Career prospects

This course will enhance skills in practice, teaching and research leading to roles in nurse management, student support and as advanced nurse practitioners in ophthalmology in a range of public and private settings. The course is also suitable for ophthalmic nurses considering a post in research.

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This programme has been developed to meet the changing skill-mix required in the primary care workforce. The programme is informed by recent work to clarify professional career pathway stages and competencies for advanced practice in primary care. Read more

About the course

This programme has been developed to meet the changing skill-mix required in the primary care workforce. The programme is informed by recent work to clarify professional career pathway stages and competencies for advanced practice in primary care. The programme covers core competencies relating to advanced practice including: direct clinical competence as a generalist, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

The programme aims to develop expert generalists who are able to provide accessible, first contact preventive care, and diagnosis and management of acute and long term conditions. It produces practitioners who are able to work well within a skill-mix team to develop a responsive and effective person-centred primary care. The programme facilitates the development of a portfolio of competencies across clinical areas.

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

Consultation and person-centered primary care; Evidence Based Practice; Advanced Clinical Assessment; Nurse Independent Prescribing; Complex Needs and Primary Care Development; Critical Development of Clinical Practice.

Examples of optional modules

Facilitating Learning in Primary Care; Palliative and End of Life Care; Family Planning and Sexual Health; Managing Long-Term Conditions.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, small group work and practical clinical skills teaching. You’ll be assessed on an observed structured clinical exam, case-study presentations, short answer exam paper and MCQs (multiple choice questioning), essay writing.

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A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse educated to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and expanded clinical role. Read more

What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse educated to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and expanded clinical role. This role includes assessment and management of clients using nursing knowledge and skills, but is not limited to the direct referral of clients to other health care professionals, prescribing medications, and ordering diagnostic investigations.

Who is this course for?

This course prepares you for role of nurse practitioner in an advanced clinical setting. On completion of this course you will meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Nurse Practitioner Competency Standards.

Course Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), graduates will be able to:
*Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of the range of extended practice competencies, behaviours, ethical frameworks and professional responsibilities of Nurse Practitioners in a way that integrates them into a nursing model of practice as is appropriate in a rural, remote, indigenous and tropical context
*Synthesise and interpret complex and varied individual and population health presentations and data, and apply a contemporary and advanced body of nursing knowledge and technical skill to design, implement and evaluate management plans that are responsive to patient determined outcomes in stable, unpredictable and complex situations
*Develop strategies to promote and optimize the health, welfare and autonomy of individuals and populations
*Evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts in their individual practice context
*Deliver and facilitate safe and effective collaborative patient-centred health outcomes within a clearly defined and accepted scope of practice
*Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development and contribute to the professional development of others
*Interpret and justify to specialist and non-specialist audiences’ theoretical propositions and methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions through high level literacy, numeracy and oral communication skills
*Design, plan and ethically execute a research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.

This course is available to International students via external or distance education only.

Award title

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) MN(NursePract)

Course pre-requisites

Must be registered as a nurse with AHPRA with no conditions relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct; and
Have completed an bachelor degree in nursing, at this or another University; or hold equivalent qualifications; or submit, as an exceptional case, other evidence of appropriate professional attainments including professional experience in nursing; and
Hold a postgraduate qualification in their specialty area; and
Have completed a minimum of five years full-time equivalent (FTE) of clinical experience as a registered nurse of which at least three years FTE is in a relevant specialty area including one year FTE in an advanced practice level in the relevant specialty area of practice; and
Be concurrently employed at least 0.5 FTE in an advanced practice*/nurse practitioner student role for the duration of the course; and
Have access to clinical supervision in their specialty area.
Entry requirements for this course meet the ANMAC Accreditation Standards and Criteria of the degree.
*The definition of advanced practice or advanced practice nursing when used in this document is given to mean the definition as provided in the NMBA Document Endorsement as a nurse practitioner registration standard available at http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:
Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement before the start of their first placement, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3a - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers personal attention and ongoing support for you to achieve your goals.
*Academic and professional staff across our four major campuses
*Specialised biophysical science laboratories
*Simulated hospital wards

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)

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The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Neonatal Practitioner) degree provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. Read more

Summary

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Neonatal Practitioner) degree provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.

Within this, these neonatal masters degree pathways are designed for you if you are a UK registered, experienced neonatal practitioner who wishes to undertake an advanced role in neonatal care.

If you are a nurse looking for a masters in advanced neonatal nursing then the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner) pathway is suitable for you. Those in other professions will study the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Practitioner) pathway.

These pathways will equip you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to assume a lead role in neonatal clinical practice and professional development at the interface between your own profession and medicine.

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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Graduates of the UBC School of Nursing MN-NP program are. - advanced practice nurses who are able to assess, diagnose and treat common and predictable conditions experienced across the lifespan. Read more
Graduates of the UBC School of Nursing MN-NP program are:
- advanced practice nurses who are able to assess, diagnose and treat common and predictable conditions experienced across the lifespan
- prepared to practice collaboratively and autonomously in primary care settings
- practitioners who possess theoretical knowledge and advanced skills
- knowledgeable about health care issues
- responsive to the changing health care needs of Canadian society
- interpreters and appliers of new knowledge generated to improve practice

Students in the UBC School of Nursing, Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP) Program study with professors and clinicians at the forefront of primary care. The Family Nurse Practitioner Program is a two year full-time on-campus program, which leads to the degree of Master of Nursing. The program, recognized by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, leads to eligibility for licensure as a Nurse Practitioner in BC.

Nurse Practitioner

The M.N. Nurse Practitioner (M.N.-N.P.) program prepares nurse practitioners who will work in primary care settings. Graduates will be prepared to assess, diagnose, and treat common and predictable conditions across the lifespan, and will be eligible to apply for registration as Nurse Practitioner (Family) in British Columbia.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Nursing
- Specialization: Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework only
- Registration options: Full-time
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
- School: School of Nursing

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