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Take a journey through the four pillars of advanced nursing practice. Through the exploration of clinical practice, education, research and leadership, you’ll learn how to apply these to a higher level of contemporary and autonomous clinical nursing practice in your speciality. Read more
Take a journey through the four pillars of advanced nursing practice. Through the exploration of clinical practice, education, research and leadership, you’ll learn how to apply these to a higher level of contemporary and autonomous clinical nursing practice in your speciality.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/advanced-nursing-practice

Practising nursing at an advanced level is a demanding and challenging role. We'll help you develop the skills and expertise you need in order to provide advanced nursing care. Alongside this, you'll transform your existing nursing qualifications into an MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice accredited by the RCN.

With the choice to study in Cambridge or Chelmsford, you'll learn amongst other students with a particular interest in your chosen area of advanced nursing practice. It's a great opportunity to learn from each other. Together, you'll explore and apply the current policies, laws and procedures that apply to nursing patients at this advanced level.

We'll encourage you to delve into all areas of this field to extend your knowledge as much as possible. You'll not only strengthen your leadership and clinical decision-making skills, but also your ability to research, making effective use of evidence to support clinical practice.

You'll work with professionals from other disciplines which, together with the level of knowledge you'll gain from our course, will empower you to develop others through teaching and education.

When it comes to work placements, you'll need to already be employed in a care environment suitable to your chosen route through our course. Your manager should agree to provide you with a designated clinical supervisor, who will support and nurture your clinical practice while also ensuring it can be fully assessed.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/part-time/advanced-nursing-practice

Careers

Our course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work at this higher level of nursing practice within the regional locality.

Upon successful completion of our course, you'll have the opportunity to remain in clinical practice within your chosen speciality, whether it's acute, emergency, critical or primary care. You'll also have the potential to take your career in alternative directions such as healthcare leadership, research or education.

Accreditation with the RCN also makes our course attractive to employers. It provides effective governance to assure that you have their fitness to practice as this higher level verified as purposeful, planned and supported by measurable and safe education. Such accreditation will empower employers to plan service redesign whilst developing new advanced nursing roles in a meaningful and targeted manner.

Core modules

Advanced Skills in Clinical Assessment
Advanced Non-Medical Prescribing
Advanced Nursing Practice in Context
Research Proposal
Major Project

Optional modules

Adult Acute Care
Advanced Management of Minor Injuries
Advanced Practice in Diabetes Care
Emergency Care
Facing Death: Patients, Families and Professionals
Specialist Mental Health Care
Minor Illness Assessment and Management

Please note that you will choose one of the above optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

From traditional case study essays to an oral examination, we use a variety of assessment strategies with our course to get the most of your learning. You'll also have the exciting opportunity to be assessed through a work-based portfolio, which will demonstrate your transition from first level registrant to that of advanced nurse practitioner.

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The Master of Advanced Nursing, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, will prepare you for leadership roles in clinical nursing, management and education. Read more
The Master of Advanced Nursing, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, will prepare you for leadership roles in clinical nursing, management and education. Clinical specialisations include emergency nursing, intensive care nursing, mental health nursing. These specialties require concurrent employment as a registered nurse in the area. The course helps you develop advanced practice knowledge and leadership in specialist practice. It will equip you with skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, and formulate policy for a diverse and multicultural society.

Specialisations include:

- emergency nursing
- general studies in advanced nursing
- intensive care nursing
- mental health nursing
- nursing education
- nursing leadership and management

You can also exit the course early with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing or a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Management if you meet the requirements.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/advanced-nursing-m6006?domestic=true

Career Opportunities:

Graduates are employed in a wide range of general and specialist clinical, educational and health care environments in senior positions. They contribute to the health of individuals, families and communities, and the development of the profession.

Professional accreditation

Applicants who wish to undertake some clinical streams of study - (Emergency Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing or Nurse Practitioner) will be required to have registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and appropriate clinical employment in an approved clinical agency prior to application. Please see entry requirements that relate to the relevant specialisation for more details.

Progression to further studies

Students entering at Entry levels 1 and 2 can complete a research thesis (24 points) that will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the Masters course:

- Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing after successful completion of 24 points with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above. Students who complete 24 points from a particular specialisation in Part A will have the name of the specialisation on their transcript.

- Graduate Diploma of Advanced Nursing after successful completion of 48 points, with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above. Students who complete 24 points from a particular specialisation in Part A will have the name of the specialisation on their transcript.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/medicine

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

The Faculty is also home to a number of leading medical and biomedical research institutes and groups, and has contributed to advances in many crucial areas: in vitro fertilisation, obesity research, drug design, cardiovascular physiology, functional genomics, infectious diseases, inflammation, psychology, neurosciences and mental health.

Notwithstanding the relatively short history of our University, the Faculty is ranked in the top 50 in the world for its expertise in life sciences and biomedicine by the Times Higher Education and QS World University 2012 benchmarks.

Courses offered by the Faculty include medicine, nursing, radiography and medical imaging, nutrition and dietetics,emergency health studies, biomedical sciences, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social work. A range of research and coursework postgraduate programs is also offered.

The Faculty takes pride in delivering outstanding education in all courses, in opening students to the possibilities offered by newly discovered knowledge, and in providing a nurturing and caring environment.

Further details may be found at: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/about.html

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/advanced-nursing-m6006?domestic=true#making-the-application

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A natural progression from your BSc, the Masters Advanced Nursing builds on your skills and specialist knowledge, giving you a deeper understanding and leading to wider career opportunities. Read more
A natural progression from your BSc, the Masters Advanced Nursing builds on your skills and specialist knowledge, giving you a deeper understanding and leading to wider career opportunities.

With nursing in England becoming an all-graduate profession, further study will help you stay ahead. Higher qualifications demonstrate your ambition and aptitude for learning, and many of our MSc students and graduates find they achieve promotion during or soon after their course. In fact, in clinical practice, applicants for senior and advanced nursing posts are increasingly expected to possess, or be working towards, masters-level qualifications. A masters degree is also the entry qualification for a career in teaching.

Taking an Advanced Nursing course is a real investment in your career. The programme’s educational framework has been carefully designed to improve healthcare practice and, ultimately, patient care. Therefore your assignments will be firmly grounded in the realities you face in the workplace, developing skills and knowledge that will lead to practical benefits for you and your team.

You will join students from diverse clinical backgrounds, including acute and community care settings. Many come from the UK, but also Europe and even further afield; all share a common enthusiasm and commitment to advancing their careers – and the profession. Learning from each other, as much as from experienced teachers, you will develop new friendships that will last long after the course.

Alongside the clear career benefits this qualification brings, this challenging course is also hugely rewarding on a personal level and many of our students comment on the enormous sense of satisfaction and achievement in gaining an award at this level.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Nursing, which has the same taught modules but does not include a dissertation.

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This online course is ideal for nurses everywhere who want to develop their professional practice and move on in. their careers. The flexible programme is perfect if you’re already in advanced nursing practice or you plan to be. Read more

About the course

This online course is ideal for nurses everywhere who want to develop their professional practice and move on in
their careers.

The flexible programme is perfect if you’re already in advanced nursing practice or you plan to be. It helps you build on your existing experience and develop new skills. And it’s great value for money: you’ll get one-to-one tutorial support and regular interaction with other practitioners from around the world.

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.

Studentships

If you already work with NHS patients in NHS Yorkshire and the Humber or East Midlands, funding may be available. Contact us for more information.

Core modules

Masters Level Study Skills; Legal and Professional Issues in Health Care; Information and Communication in Health Care; Leadership and Change Management; Research Methods; Health Promotion and Education; Evidence-Based Practice; Teaching, Coaching and Mentorship.

Examples of optional modules

Key Issues in National and Global Public Health; Recognising and Responding to Patient Deterioration in the Acute Setting.

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught entirely online. There’s no need to attend in person. We expect you to contribute regularly to online discussion groups. Your work is assessed throughout the course – a 3,000-word assignment for each taught unit. You’ll get feedback from your tutor. You’ll also write a dissertation.

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The MSc Advanced Nursing Practice will begin recruitment in January 2016. The programme aims to prepare, support, and develop nurses who are employed in clinical roles with advanced practice, leadership, education, and research responsibilities. Read more
The MSc Advanced Nursing Practice will begin recruitment in January 2016.

The programme aims to prepare, support, and develop nurses who are employed in clinical roles with advanced practice, leadership, education, and research responsibilities.

Continuing developments in health care have resulted in the need for some professionals to have greater responsibility and accountability for developing service provision. This course offers opportunities for a wide range of health care professionals, including nurses and allied health professionals, to engage in continuing professional and postgraduate academic development. The course will extend your knowledge and practice skills, and challenge your understanding and beliefs with regard to health care.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/advanced-practice-clinical/

Why choose this course?

- Students have access to state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation suites and resources.

- We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.

- We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Teaching and learning

The course has a flexible modular structure. Learning activities include seminars, group discussions, action-learning circles, and skills practise. There is an emphasis on analysing real situations from practice as a basis for examining underlying theoretical issues.

All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging each individual to attain their full potential as lifelong learners. In a lively, challenging and supportive atmosphere you will be encouraged to share your learning with peers and colleagues, and to consider how you can contribute to the development of others. The strategies we use encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and inter-professional collaboration.

Some modules are designed in a distance learning mode using IT resources, including the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises). Most are delivered in a ‘blended learning’ framework combining attended taught sessions with online learning and resources.

Approach to assessment

Module assessment strategies vary throughout the programme. You will have opportunities to negotiate the specific content and nature of most module assessments with your tutors to ensure that your work combines academic study with challenges in current practice.

How this course helps you develop

Students on the post graduate programmes in advanced practice are invariably employed in senior clinical roles in healthcare. A number of past students have subsequently gained promotion to consultant or senior clinical management positions following their completion post graduate study in advanced practice.

Careers

Students on the post graduate programmes in advanced practice are invariably employed in senior clinical roles in healthcare. A number of past students have subsequently gained promotion to consultant or senior clinical management positions following their completion post graduate study in advanced practice.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

We have a number of both promising and senior, experienced researchers working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years, these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff. Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

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This Masters in Advanced Nursing Science is designed for the growing number of graduate nurses wishing to work in clinical leadership or extended roles in clinical practice as nurse practitioners or consultant nurses. Read more
This Masters in Advanced Nursing Science is designed for the growing number of graduate nurses wishing to work in clinical leadership or extended roles in clinical practice as nurse practitioners or consultant nurses.

Why this programme

Ranked 1st in UK for Nursing

● Whilst studying Medical Science, the programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, expertise in critical appraisal, develop transferable skills and the ability to lead and innovate in the advanced practice in healthcare sector.

● The Healthcare degree reflects the need for tomorrow’s health care professional to be involved in lifelong learning whilst being adaptive to the dynamic care environment and supporting quality care delivery.

● Close involvement of NHS clinical staff in the planning and delivery of courses ensures that the programme is current and relevant.

● The themes offered link closely with the pre-registration undergraduate programme offered at the University as well as being developed in conjunction with local clinical need.

Programme structure

This programme will be delivered via lectures, workshops and seminars. The virtual learning environment and video/digital education resources will be used.

Courses

• Informing Practice through Evidence Base
• Research Approaches in Health Care
• Applying Research Approaches in Health Care
• Education for Professional Practice
• Leadership in Contemporary Health Care
• Clinical Issues in Stroke Care
• Acute & Critical Care
• Global Health Challenges
• Independent Project

What our students say

These are comments from a former student of our parallel programme, Advanced Practice in Health Care:

"Studying for my MSc at the University of Glasgow was such a positive experience for me both personally and professionally. I knew from the first day of starting the MSc that I had made the right choice to study in the Nursing & Healthcare School, and although I was the only physiotherapist on the course I was made to feel part of the school immediately and this continued throughout the two years. The course allowed me time to learn and engage with my fellow health professionals, gaining insight and a different perspective into their nursing practices and knowledge which I would not have been able to do in clinical practice. Over the two years I realised that research was an area that I thoroughly enjoyed and the MSc harnessed this interest and lead me to apply for a PhD fellowship with Diabetes UK. I successfully gained the Sir George Alberti fellowship and commenced a three year PhD with the support of the Nursing & Healthcare School. As a post graduate research student within the school I have been involved in grant applications, publications and presentations at conferences, I have a far greater awareness, interest and enthusiasm for health research than I ever did in my 10 years as a clinician as a result of this MSc."

Research environment

There is a strong research culture within the Nursing & Health Care School. During the programme you will learn how to write a research proposal and will carry this through to a dissertation project. You will be taught by staff who regularly publish papers and contribute to conferences.

There are opportunites to take your study further by completing a Masters by Research or a PhD. We aim to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research. Research within the school is undertaken with the view to positively influence the quality of health care locally, nationally and internationally.

Career prospects

Virtually all of our graduates in our parallel multiprofessional programme Advanced Practice in Health Care, within 1 year of completion, have gained promotion within their specialism. Many remain in clinical practice and become specialists and advanced practitioners in their chosen fields.

Increasingly our graduates are returning for PhD study, to further embrace the evidence based approaches to clinical care.

Many decide that education is their career destination and return to the department to gain further expertise in a teaching role, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

This programme help to prepare clinicians in many disciplines eg. Physios, for the dynamic nature of care delivery.

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Development, growth and building on existing knowledge – this is what this course focuses on, and it also aims to increase your confidence when it comes to making complex clinical decisions. Read more
Development, growth and building on existing knowledge – this is what this course focuses on, and it also aims to increase your confidence when it comes to making complex clinical decisions.

Your studies will integrate research, education and management issues to enable you to evolve a high degree of professional autonomy and independent practice.

This is a full-time academic course and does not offer clinical placements or lead to registration as a nurse in the UK.

Why choose this course?

• Study the critical thinking, reasoning, decision-making and judgmental skills that are vital to evidence-based healthcare practice
• Explore problem-orientation strategies towards current healthcare practices, and build a critical awareness of global health issues and approaches to reducing health inequalities
• Develop alternative ways of delivering care, and learn to communicate the rationale behind professional decisions in verbal and written formats that are appropriate to your audience
• Gain the ability to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when suggesting and implementing the sorts of changes that make a positive difference to the quality of service and patient care
• Benefit from a critical awareness of personal responsibility and the professional codes of conduct which are appropriate to your practice within complex and often unpredictable environments.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/advanced-nursing-studies2#about

Course detail

This course is aimed at enhancing your skills, knowledge and expertise. In adopting an evidence based approach to practice, the aim is for you to become an autonomous critical self-reflective practitioner.

In addition, the intention is also to enhance your confidence in leading change through innovative insights within a haematology service in a complex, unpredictable healthcare environment.

By choosing this course, you become part of a global learning community, to improve healthcare practice and reduce healthcare inequalities. The course helps you develop a scholarly and evidenced based approach to nursing studies and practice.

Modules

• Advancing Healthcare practice: Concepts and Principles
• Global Perspective in Healthcare Practice
• Evidence Based Healthcare Practice
• Choice of one Option unit*
• Dissertation (Systematic Review)

Assessment

Assessment is not just about ‘grading’ your performance but is an integral and important developmental part of your learning.

A variety of assessment strategies are used across the course including, presentations, report writing, written assessments, case studies, exams, OSCEs, viva poster presentations, portfolio, research reports, dissertation.

Careers

Teaching, learning and assessment methods have been selected to allow you to make strong connections between your studies and your future work practices. This includes designing activities that have personal and professional relevance through the use of case studies, healthcare datasets and exemplars from practice.

It includes access to a teaching faculty who are able to share ‘live’ examples from their own professional practice and/or research activity and the involvement of external speakers such as patient groups, service users, healthcare leaders and practitioners.

You will have opportunities to rehearse and develop professional thinking and behaviours in group work, tailored assessment tasks and in simulated practice.

Opportunities for shared learning with part-time students on the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice course offer insights into current healthcare practices in the UK and opportunities for peer discussion and debate.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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As a nurse registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. Read more
As a nurse registered with a relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body, this continuing professional development course offers you an opportunity to deepen and enhance your practice through the acquisition, extension and critical appraisal of your knowledge and skills. This will enhance your suitability for revalidation.

The course reflects professional, UK-wide, government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice for the health and social care workforce to equip students with the contemporary knowledge, professional and leadership skills for advanced level practice.

You will gain contemporary knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

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

Special features

This course offers flexible learning. You can study full or part-time to achieve a recognised academic award.

You can also take standalone units as short courses for professional development only. The methods of teaching vary between units and include face-to-face, online and distance learning methods.

The leadership and managing change units will relate specifically to nursing.

Career opportunities

The course is structured around the real challenges facing advanced level nursing practitioners, and each unit will draw from - and build on - your own professional experience. This will enable you to apply your new knowledge to nursing and mould the course to best suit your learning requirements.

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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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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Advanced Practice in Health Care at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Advanced Practice in Health Care at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The student-centred Advanced Practice in Health Care postgraduate programme is the only one in Wales to be accredited by the Royal College of Nursing. The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme enables experienced health care professionals from varied clinical backgrounds to develop their skills and knowledge to an advanced level of practice in health care. The MSSc and PGDip in Advanced Practice in Health Care has also been carefully mapped against the prospective Advanced Nurse Practitioner competencies of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The clinical component of the Advanced Practice in Health Care programme is taught by a team of active practitioners consisting of: Advanced Nurse Practitioners, an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and a Medical Doctor.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme is consistent with current thinking on advanced practice and complies with both the competencies provided by the Royal College of Nursing, 2012 (RCN) and their high standards of course delivery. Students of the Advanced Practice in Health Care programme will develop critical and creative thinking skills in relation to clinical practice to an advanced level on the programme. Additionally, students of the Advanced Practice in Health Care programme will develop their knowledge and skills with regard to their role as a researcher, educator, manager and leader in health care.

The Advanced Practice in Health Care programme at Swansea University commenced in 1992. Since then it has undergone several changes in order to remain at the forefront of contemporary practices in health care. The modules are designed to enable the clinician to develop knowledge and skills essential to the role of an advanced practitioner (Scottish Government, 2008). Students may also undertake studies for non-medical prescribing.

Modules on the Advanced Practice in Health Care programme typically include:

• Foundations in Research

• Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills

• Non Medical Prescribing

• Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

• Advanced Practice: Management and Leadership

• Advanced Practice and Education

Staff Expertise

The academic lead for the Advanced Practice in Health Care team works on a national basis with the Welsh Government on advanced practice policy.

The Programme Coordinator is a committee member of the RCN Accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner Educators Group.

Several members of the teaching team for the Advanced Health Care programme have published books and papers on the subject of Advanced Practice in health care.

Swansea was one of the first universities in the UK to offer nurse practitioner/advanced nurse practitioner education. We now have twenty years of experience of doing so. The programme is informed predominantly by the Advanced Practice Toolkit, the Royal College of Nursing document (RCN, 2012) and by working closely with our colleagues in the NHS.

Links with practice in health care

The practitioner teachers work within the local NHS and so provide a link. There is a formal link between the College of Human and Health Sciences and the Bridgend Rehabilitation Team. Several members of the teaching team work on committees with Hywel Dda Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.



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Programme Aims. This pre-registration nursing programme prepares Master entry-level Registered Nurses. The admitted students are Bachelor's degree holders in any discipline. Read more

Programme Aims

This pre-registration nursing programme prepares Master entry-level Registered Nurses. The admitted students are Bachelor's degree holders in any discipline. The programme prepares students for registration with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong as Registered Nurses and to acquire the attributes to become future leaders in the profession.

  1. To equip students for holistic care that encompasses safe, ethical, legal, culturally sensitive nursing therapeutics provided to clients of all ages and their families in various healthcare settings.
  2. To prepare students to acquire the attributes of future nurse leaders through appraisal and translation of new knowledge in advancing nursing practice.

Programme Characteristics

This is a collaborative programme of the School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital.

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is the first university in Hong Kong to offer a pre-registration degree programme in nursing for graduates from other disciplines.
  • The School of Nursing at Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital was established in 1927, it is the only private hospital in Hong Kong with a school offering a curriculum for registered nurses.
  • The motto of the School of Nursing (SN) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is "To Excel in Nursing for the Well-being of Mankind", whilst that of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital is "Quality in Service and Excellence in Care".
  • The collaboration of the two institutions ensures the quality preparation of future registered nurses and will raise the profile of the nursing profession in Hong Kong.
  • The programme combines basic preparation for professional qualification with advanced preparation to enable students to become competent reflective practitioners in the nursing profession.

Professional Recognition

The programme is accreditated by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong (NCHK) and graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurses general.

Programme Structure

This programme embraces all of the theoretical components required for registration with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong. These include the introductory and applied subjects, plus subjects on biology, social sciences, professional studies and humanities that develop students' broad understanding of the biological and psychosocial dimensions of the human condition and health care.

The structure runs from simple to complex, covering child and adult care, maternal care, mental health nursing, community nursing, gerontological nursing and nursing research. Students are required to complete a clinical research project in the final year to consolidate their knowledge in research in a clinical nursing focus. Supervised field practice is organized throughout the study to integrate theory into practice.

Core Areas of Study

Nursing Arts and Sciences (10 subjects)

  • Fundamentals of Nursing Therapeutics
  • Nursing Therapeutics I
  • Nursing Therapeutics II
  • Nursing Therapeutics III
  • Child & Adolescent Health
  • Family Nursing with Childbearing Families
  • Mental Health Care
  • Community Nursing
  • Nursing Older People
  • Traditional Chinese Nursing

Life Sciences (3 subjects)

  • Clinical Microbiology for Nurses
  • Pathophysiology & Pharmacology for Nurses
  • Anatomy & Physiology

Humanities and Professional Studies (7 subjects)

  • Professional Nursing Concepts
  • Applied Psychology in Health Care
  • Social & Cultural Dimensions of Health
  • Ethics & Law in Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Clinical Research Project
  • Quality Management of Nursing Services in Health Care


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The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. Read more

Nursing

The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. The Decker School of Nursing graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 19, 2019.

In the Master of Science program (MS), students select one of four functional roles to pursue as a clinical nurse specialist, administrator, educator or nurse practitioner. Dual roles are also available for additional credit.

The Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs. The DNP focuses on providing leadership for evidence-based practice, and will incorporate the advanced practice content currently included in the master's program.

Recent Doctorate in Nursing Practice graduate placements include: Nurse Practitioner for New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Family Nurse Practitioner for Vestal Medical Associates, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center. Furthermore, our graduates pioneer in research, development, and new initiatives, such as one of our 2012 graduates who initiated an independent Nurse Practitioner primary care practice, Blue Ridge Medical Center.

Graduate Degrees Offered

MS in Nursing in the following specialty areas (Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator/Nurse Administrator programs available):
- Community Health Nursing
- Family Nursing
- Adult-Gerontological Nursing
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Graduates of the program in family nursing are prepared to provide advanced practice nursing care to families in a variety of settings. The CNS role is not available as a functional role if following the Family MS program.
Students choose functional preparation in one of four roles:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Administrator

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation (three letters of recommendation for DNP applicants)
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- Nursing licensure

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Depending on your desired program, you must also meet the following requirements:
MS:
- Undergraduate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing
- Previous, successful completion of a course in descriptive statistics
- Computer literacy skills
- A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse
- One year of full-time employment as a registered nurse is strongly encouraged (Candidates without one year of previous full-time employment may wish to consider enrolling in a part-time program while they acquire the needed work experience)
- Note: all applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX examination prior to the start of clinical courses

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The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. Read more

Nursing

The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. The Decker School of Nursing graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 19, 2019.

In the Master of Science program (MS), students select one of four functional roles to pursue as a clinical nurse specialist, administrator, educator or nurse practitioner. Dual roles are also available for additional credit.

The Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs. The DNP focuses on providing leadership for evidence-based practice, and will incorporate the advanced practice content currently included in the master's program.

Recent Doctorate in Nursing Practice graduate placements include: Nurse Practitioner for New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Family Nurse Practitioner for Vestal Medical Associates, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center. Furthermore, our graduates pioneer in research, development, and new initiatives, such as one of our 2012 graduates who initiated an independent Nurse Practitioner primary care practice, Blue Ridge Medical Center.

Graduate Degrees Offered

MS in Nursing in the following specialty areas (Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator/Nurse Administrator programs available):
- Community Health Nursing
- Family Nursing
- Adult-Gerontological Nursing
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

The Master of Science in Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is a 49-credit program designed for those who are interested in the field of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and want to pursue an advanced role as a Nurse Practitioner. Students will be prepared and eligible to apply for state licensure and to sit for national certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the lifespan.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation (three letters of recommendation for DNP applicants)
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- Nursing licensure

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Depending on your desired program, you must also meet the following requirements:
MS:
- Undergraduate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing
- Previous, successful completion of a course in descriptive statistics
- Computer literacy skills
- A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse
- One year of full-time employment as a registered nurse is strongly encouraged (Candidates without one year of previous full-time employment may wish to consider enrolling in a part-time program while they acquire the needed work experience)
- Note: all applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX examination prior to the start of clinical courses

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Designed for registered nurses, these programmes will develop your knowledge, skills and professional confidence to integrate theory, practice and research to improve your nursing care and patient outcomes. Read more

Designed for registered nurses, these programmes will develop your knowledge, skills and professional confidence to integrate theory, practice and research to improve your nursing care and patient outcomes.

Responsive to current demands of practice, our courses will give you a deeper understanding of pathophysiological concepts and current nursing practice issues.

Develop your ability to carry out advanced assessments on patients to improve your clinical reasoning. Enhance your skills in locating, analysing, evaluating and applying information and research to your everyday work.

To study these programmes at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health you must be a registered nurse with a current practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand. You also need a Bachelor's degree from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

The level at which you study will depend on your previous academic achievements and chosen professional direction.

Workload

As a guide, for each 30-point course you take at the Graduate School, you should allocate around 10 hours per point for self-directed study, research, assessments and attendance at Schools.

If you’re studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40 hours of study time a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing one course per trimester will need to allocate approximately 20 hours of study a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time.

How you'll study

Through a blend of research, class work and clinical experience, our academic team will support and work with you throughout your study, both face-to-face and through internet-based technology. You'll study a combination of core and elective courses, with both coursework and thesis-based research options at Master’s level.

Each course is made up of several ‘block schools’, with each block held over one to four days. They're a mix of lectures, tutorials and small group activities that give you time to study and access to staff for advice and guidance.

Held at Wellington Regional Hospital, the schools are a great opportunity for you to network with your peers and other health care experts—to share ideas and strategies for learning, identify areas for change and assess your progress.

Study while you work

Our part-time programme options make it easy for you to learn while you're working. We'll help you integrate academic life with work and family through our flexible delivery models that allow you to learn at home or on campus.

The distance component supported by Blackboard forms part of your courses and supports the development of the content delivered in the School.

Master of Nursing Science

The Master of Nursing Science is made up of two parts. In Part 1, you’ll gain an understanding of applied pathophysiology and develop advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills. You’ll complete two further courses from an approved range, in an area of specialist practice or other focus of your choice.

After completing Part 1 and with the permission of the head of school, you can begin Part 2 with either a coursework or research focus.

If you choose to focus on coursework, you’ll complete a research review, practice project and further taught courses.

With a research focus, you’ll complete a research methods course and undertake your thesis—an advanced research project that contributes to nursing knowledge.

Nurse prescribing and nurse practitioner pathways

There are also two optional pathways within the Nursing Science programme: the nurse prescribing pathway or the nurse practitioner pathway.

Nurse prescribing pathway

The nurse prescribing pathway gives you the skill set needed for a prescribing role in your practice. You’ll take a set of four core courses including clinical pharmacology and conclude with a Nurse Prescribing practicum (HLTH 529) which will help you prepare for the Nursing Council of New Zealand registration process.

The entry requirement into HLTH 529 is at least a B grade for all prerequisite courses.

The Nursing Council of New Zealand requires that the nurse:

  • be a registered nurse with a current NCNZ practicing certificate
  • have at least three years equivalent full time practice in the clinical area intending to prescribe in, with one year of this in New Zealand
  • work within a multidisciplinary team
  • have the support of a clinical mentor who is a designated authorised prescriber and has experience mentoring
  • have the support from their employer to complete this course and support for ongoing professional development
  • identify a clinical area of practice and have up to date clinical knowledge relevant to this area of practice.

See the NCNZ website or contact the programme director for more information.

Nurse practitioner pathway

The nurse practitioner pathway has a distinctive structure within the Master of Nursing Science and gives you the knowledge and skills of an advanced health professional.

You will need to complete six core courses and two pre-approved elective courses. Your elective courses must support your development as a nurse practitioner and need to be approved by the programme director.

At least a B grade for all prerequisite courses is required in order to progress to the Nurse Practitioner Practicum (HLTH 531).

The Master of Nursing Science qualification meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand stipulated requirements for Nurse Practitioners.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science

You can complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science on its own, but after graduating you may wish to apply for admission to the Master of Nursing Science programme. Your postgraduate diploma can be credited towards the Master’s, with exemptions given for the courses you have already completed.

The nurse prescribing pathway can also be completed as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science.

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science

You can complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Science on its own, but after graduating you may wish to apply for admission to the Master of Nursing Science or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science programme. Your postgraduate certificate can be credited towards either programme, with exemptions given for the courses you have already completed.



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The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. Read more

Nursing

The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. The Decker School of Nursing graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 19, 2019.

In the Master of Science program (MS), students select one of four functional roles to pursue as a clinical nurse specialist, administrator, educator or nurse practitioner. Dual roles are also available for additional credit.

The Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs. The DNP focuses on providing leadership for evidence-based practice, and will incorporate the advanced practice content currently included in the master's program.

Recent Doctorate in Nursing Practice graduate placements include: Nurse Practitioner for New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Family Nurse Practitioner for Vestal Medical Associates, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center. Furthermore, our graduates pioneer in research, development, and new initiatives, such as one of our 2012 graduates who initiated an independent Nurse Practitioner primary care practice, Blue Ridge Medical Center.

Graduate Degrees Offered

MS in Nursing in the following specialty areas (Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator/Nurse Administrator programs available):
- Community Health Nursing
- Family Nursing
- Adult-Gerontological Nursing
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Graduates of the program in community health nursing are prepared to provide care to individuals, families, groups and communities.
Students choose functional preparation in one of four roles:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Administrator

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation (three letters of recommendation for DNP applicants)
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- Nursing licensure

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Depending on your desired program, you must also meet the following requirements:
MS:
- Undergraduate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing
- Previous, successful completion of a course in descriptive statistics
- Computer literacy skills
- A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse
- One year of full-time employment as a registered nurse is strongly encouraged (Candidates without one year of previous full-time employment may wish to consider enrolling in a part-time program while they acquire the needed work experience)
- Note: all applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX examination prior to the start of clinical courses

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