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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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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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This MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate prepares suitably qualified, experienced nurses to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to become advanced practitioners who can deliver direct healthcare of the highest professional standards to patients and clients while pursuing a career in clinical nursing practice. Read more
This MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate prepares suitably qualified, experienced nurses to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to become advanced practitioners who can deliver direct healthcare of the highest professional standards to patients and clients while pursuing a career in clinical nursing practice. The clinical components required for nurse prescribing is nested within the overall theoretical and clinical experience.

The M.Sc. Nursing Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate meets the criteria for level 9 programmes as set out by the National Qualifications Framework.

MSc in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate is offered over 2 years for eligible applicants who are current holders of a bachelor nursing degree.

P.Grad. Dip in Nursing - Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Emergency Nursing including Nurse Prescribing Certificate is offered over 1 year for eligible applicants who are current holders of a masters nursing degree.

Clinical Placement Students undertaking the MSc in Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice in Emergency Nursing) are required to work in an Emergency Department; for a minimum of 1,000 hours (approx 40 weeks). This clinical placement takes place during the first year of the course and occurs in the students own area of employment under supervision of an experienced senior clinician.

Admission Requirements

Academic:
Hold an honors degree in Nursing Studies or equivalent; and
a post-basic qualification in relevant nursing specialty or
otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Professional:
Active Registration with NMBI: Applicants must be registered in the General Nursing Division of the active register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
Have a minimum of five years clinical experience in relevant nursing specialty during the last 8 years and
written commitment from host organisation to support the student for the clinical practicum (to include prescribing of medicinal products and ionising radiation)
satisfactory clinical audit of host hospital as a suitable learning environment for the relevant specialty

Students who already hold a MSc in Nursing or relevant subject and who meet the professional requirements as set out above, may be eligible to complete a one year postgraduate diploma in Advanced Nurse practitioner including Nurse Prescribing Certificate.

Documentation required to support your application

A copy of your current NMBI registration card.
2 references.
Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses.
Copies of official awards (parchments) from completed educational courses.
Written commitment from your Director of Nursing to support the student during the clinical practicum and to nominate a suitably qualified practitioner to act as a clinical supervisor/mentor during the student's clinical learning experience.
A site declaration form signed by the Director of Nursing must be submitted with the student's application. This must also be signed by the Medical Practitioner.

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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 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).

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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What is special about this course?. The MSc in Advanced Nurse Practitioner / Professional Practice is designed to support health care practitioners (nurses and allied health professionals) to autonomously manage the complete clinical care of patients. Read more

What is special about this course?

The MSc in Advanced Nurse Practitioner / Professional Practice is designed to support health care practitioners (nurses and allied health professionals) to autonomously manage the complete clinical care of patients. The programme supports practitioners to develop high level knowledge and skills required for advanced clinical assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment decisions required to function as advanced practitioners in a range of primary and secondary care settings, including remote and rural contexts. A combination of prescribed core and option modules will help you to build and consolidate your clinical skills around the pillars of advanced practice inclusive of research and leadership expertise.

Special features

  • Strongly underpinned by Scottish Government’s recent initiative ‘Transforming Nursing Roles’.
  • Planned collaboratively in partnership with regional Health Boards.
  • Strong clinical partnership with regional Health Boards.
  • Flexible and a broad curriculum base inclusive of a rural and remote context.
  • Prepares practitioners to function autonomously and collaboratively as Advanced Practitioners within their own discipline both within a hospital and community setting.
  • Programme Team with a wide range of relevant clinical and academic expertise.
  • Exclusive arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for core modules.
  • Wide range of option modules to enhance the scope and remit of advanced practitioners.

Entry requirements

  • You must be a registered nurse or allied health professional, normally working in a full-time or part-time (minimum two-thirds hours) post with a practice partner suitable for the advanced nurse practitioner/professional practice development.
  • You must have a first degree or equivalent. You must have at least three years post qualification as a health professional typically working at band 6 level or above in current NHS structures registered with the relevant regulatory body eg Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be claimed for element of the programme already achieved or undertaken elsewhere.


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

Key features

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

Course details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This course aims to develop your skills to become a practice leader, who can innovate in complex workplace settings to deliver highly effective care provision for diverse and complex patient groups. Read more
This course aims to develop your skills to become a practice leader, who can innovate in complex workplace settings to deliver highly effective care provision for diverse and complex patient groups. With mental health issues infiltrating all aspects of health care, providing education to advanced mental health practitioners addresses a national imperative.

It is anticipated that students enrolling for the PgDip Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Mental Health) will successfully complete the full award. However, the option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate Enhanced Mental Health Clinical Practice is provided for students who have successfully completed the first year modules, but no longer want or are unable to successfully progress to year 2. Students who complete the PGdip ANP (Mental Health) have the option to undertake a Dissertation to gain the top-up MSc ANP (Mental Health) award.

Duration

January start date: 2.5 - 3 years part-time
April start date: 9 months - 1 year part-time

Modules

Year 1

Physical needs in mental health care
Advanced mental health assessment

Year 2

Non-medical prescribing
Innovations for excellence: leading service improvements

Year 3

Advanced mental health practice for complex cases
Research in health and social care
Dissertation

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.

Placements

For the majority of students, the bulk of your clinical development will occur within your workplace setting. It is therefore important that we support you to consider, with your Practice Facilitator and employment Line-Manager, how to maximise your practice based learning experiences and whether there are any significant barriers that might impede your practice based learning during the course. For example, when undertaking non-medical prescribing.

We are aware that issues can arise within the clinical employment during the course of your studies and these issues can impact on compliance with all of the above criteria. However we would like to emphasise the following:

If you change your employment, reduce your hours below the equivalent of 20 hours per week, go on maternity leave or have a period of not working clinically (for whatever reason), you must discuss this with the Course Director in advance of any changes. In these circumstances we would require you to take an “interruption in studies” until you can meet this requirement. However exceptions may be made on an individual basis with agreement from the Course Director.

If you get a new job, all of the entry criteria must apply for any new employment. A new Clinical Practice Learning Environment Profile must be completed within 1 month of starting the new employment. We will also need a letter confirming the new employers support for you undertaking the course. You will also need to provide a new Facilitators acceptance form.

Accreditation

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

Employability

The course aims to develop a number of competencies required for advanced practice roles (RCN 2012, DH 2010). As a result, successful completion of this course will enable you to demonstrate knowledge and skills that are in high demand with existing and emerging markets in health care.

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he 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
he 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.

Graduates would be required to enrol to undertake this MSc top-up 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.

Dissertation

This dissertation module provides the opportunity to undertake an original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice. Through the module you'll be able to consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design or of systematic literature reviews. You'll be supported to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out your chosen project. You'll be provided with an opportunity to identify major theoretical influences on salient practice concerns and set these within a critical framework. Additionally, you'll be encouraged to cultivate organisational and time management skills, which will be required to successfully accomplish the dissertation. The dissertation should be directly related to professional practice.

There are three choices of approach as discussed in the Assessment section.

Teaching and learning

Students will need to attend six planned dissertation preparation sessions, and will additionally be supported through the dissertation by a supervisor.

Assessments

The assessment is a 12,000 word dissertation on either:

a) A research project

b) A work based project - service evaluation, audit, role evaluation, practice development project

c) A mini systematic review - a review that aspires to the rigour of a Cochrane review but recognises the student has time limits and is unlikely to get access to, for example, much grey literature.

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.

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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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