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The School Nurse Certification program is a 14-credit, post-baccalaureate program that prepares students for initial Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as an Educational Specialist I – School Nurse. Read more
The School Nurse Certification program is a 14-credit, post-baccalaureate program that prepares students for initial Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as an Educational Specialist I – School Nurse. This program prepares registered nurses to meet the health needs of children and adolescents in schools, pre-K to Grade 12.

The strategic directions of West Chester University are aligned with service to the community. This program supports the need of Registered Nurses to receive specialized education directly related to the care of the school aged child and school community. This program offers the resource of training school nurses during a time in our country where training of staff in schools has never been so important. Additionally, this program provides a service to our community by offering a local, cost effective, education in keeping our schools a healthy and safe place for members of the community, thus enhancing the relationship our community has with the university.

School nursing is a specialised practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. School nurses must facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning (NASN, 2010). With this understanding, speciality training is required to provide the school nurse with the necessary ability to be successful in this area of nursing.

The goal of the department is to prepare nurses for safe and effective care in the school setting. Graduates will be professionals capable of functioning in a holistic manner and able to collaborate with the various disciplines within the school system for health promotion and disease prevention of the child and adolescent.

Curriculum

NSG 502 (School Nurse Practicum)

This course examines the structure of the educational organization issues that specifically affect the certified school nurse and impact the student in the learning environment. Emphasis will be placed on the school nurse’s responsibility to enhance the student’s ability to learn in relation to promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health. There is a 112 hour practicum associated with this course where you must be under the guidance of a Certified School Nurse in the state of Pennsylvania. Successful completion of NSG 533 is a prerequisite for this course and it is recommended to be the culminating course of the program.

NSG 512 (Legal Mandates of School Nursing)

This course examines the structure of the educational organization and legal issues that specifically affect the certified school nurse and impact the student in the learning environment. Emphasis will be placed on the school nurse's responsibility to enhance the student's ability to learn in relation to promotion, restoration and maintenance of health.

NSG 533 (Health Assessment)

In this course, students will build on their physical assessment knowledge with a combination of comprehensive theoretical and clinical experiences in advanced physical assessment. Students will focus on attainment of enhanced skills to complete a holistic health assessment and physical examination of the adult, adolescent, and pediatric client. Strategies include collection of relevant data via appropriate interviewing methods, and developmental and physical assessment techniques with an emphasis on refinement of communication techniques and psychomotor skills (60 hours of Clinical Practice of Physical Assessment Skills).

EDA 542 (Foundations of Special Education).

This course is designed to acquaint the prospective teacher with the historical legal evolution of the field, special education processes, and the characteristics of individuals with disabilities. Distance education offering may be available. Typically, this course is offered in Fall, Spring & Summer

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This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (school nurse) and be recorded as a community prescriber. Read more
This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (school nurse) and be recorded as a community prescriber. It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a school nurse, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level.

Course details

You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities with individuals and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the new school nursing agenda.

Professional accreditation

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (school nurse), and be recorded as a community prescriber on the NMC register. You continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full time study after SCPHN (SN) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PGDip.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children, young people and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and young people; the new school nursing agenda; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions. Prescribing from the community practitioners’ formulary, and designing and managing a service evaluation.

Core modules
-Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing
-Advancing Contemporary School Nursing Practice
-Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
-Advancing Public Health
-Contemporary Issues in Public Health
-Designing Research Projects
-Evaluating Practice
-Evidence-based Practice
-Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal, simulations and a service evaluation project. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Employability

The course prepares you to work as a school nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic school nursing profession.

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This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, as a specialist community public health nurse (School Nurse) and be recorded as a community prescriber. Read more
This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who wish to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, as a specialist community public health nurse (School Nurse) and be recorded as a community prescriber. It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as a school nurse, community prescriber and for academic development at master’s level.

Course details

You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities with individuals and communities along with public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to the new school nursing agenda.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of children, young people and their families; protection and safeguarding standards for children and young people; the new school nursing agenda; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions. Prescribing from the community practitioners’ formulary, and designing and managing a service evaluation.

Core modules
-Advancing Community Practitioner Prescribing
-Advancing Contemporary School Nursing Practice
-Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
-Advancing Public Health
-Contemporary Issues in Public Health
-Designing Research Projects
-Evidence-based Practice
-Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Employability

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (school nurse), be recorded as a community prescriber on the NMC register and eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing).

Following completion of the PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full time study after SCPHN (SN) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PgDip.

The course prepares you to work as a school nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of a dynamic school nursing profession.

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This programme is aimed at registered nurses and midwives, with experience in acute or primary care settings, who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice. Read more
This programme is aimed at registered nurses and midwives, with experience in acute or primary care settings, who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required for specialist and advanced practice.

Students will be prepared to function at master's level through the programme and will have the unique opportunity to develop practice at a higher level. In the past 'advanced practitioner' posts have tended to be characterised principally by clinical competence; however, this programme accepts that advanced practice is a 'level' of practice rather than a particular role. This programme takes into account the four pillars of practice: clinical practice; leadership; facilitation of learning; and evidence research and development. Therefore, some practitioners will focus on leading and managing services; others will focus on clinical practice and be able to diagnose and treat healthcare needs; and others will have advanced roles within public health.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/health-professions/study-options/part-time-learning/advanced-nursing-practice

Course detail

There are five routes within the programme:
• Clinical Practice (3 years part-time)
• District Nursing (3 years part-time)
• Health Visiting (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)
• Leadership (3 years part-time)
• School Nursing (18 months full-time or 3 years part-time)

There are exit points within this award to allow you to complete with a postgraduate certificate, diploma or an MSc. The professional qualification of district nurse, health visitor or school nurse will be recorded on completion of stage 1 but you may choose to continue to complete the whole MSc.

Clinical Practice:

- is directly linked to the teaching, development and assessment of the nationally recognised benchmarks for advanced clinical practice (RCN 2010). This will be the preferred route for practitioners working in acute care, out of hours services, hospital at night services and in medical and surgical support posts.

District Nursing:

- is aimed at experienced nurses who wish to gain contemporary knowledge to take forward the rapidly changing primary care agenda. It will enable a critical, innovative and reflective approach to address the healthcare needs of individuals, families, carers, groups and communities. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

Health Visiting:

- is aimed at nurses and midwives who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required of a health visitor. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment

Leadership:

- is open to those who will be working at an advanced level in leadership roles who are required to lead and advance practice within the policy context of health and social care. It has some flexibility with option modules and, depending on your choice of option modules, attendance at University may not be compulsory.

School Nursing:

- is aimed at nurses and midwives who wish to build on their experience and transfer their learning in order to develop the higher level of knowledge and skills required of a school nurse. Students need to be sponsored or supported by an NHS Board in order to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for practice assessment.

Format

This programme is driven by a philosophy that is student centered, progressive, process oriented and practice focused, and a blended approach to learning is adopted. Students will learn within a virtual environment (CampusMoodle) and apply the theoretical learning to their practice through a work based learning approach. Students will therefore have an opportunity to apply learning to their specific area of practice within contemporary healthcare service.

Depending on the route selected and the choice of optional modules, there will be some compulsory attendance at the University - for the clinical examination module and the prescribing element.

Placements and accreditation

Three of the routes are approved by the NMC to meet the requirements of being recorded as a district nurse (NMC 2001), or registered as a health visitor or school nurse on the NMC (2004) register. All five routes are accredited by the RCN.

Clinical Practice and Leadership routes are undertaken within your own place of work with the support of an identified practice facilitator. The criteria for this role are within the admission criteria. If you select to undertake the Non Medical Prescribing module you will require supervision by a designated medical practitioner.

Cognisance has been taken of the recent national work undertaken by NHS Education Scotland which has informed the curriculum of the district nursing, health visiting and school nursing routes.

Students are required to attend placements on the District Nursing, Health Visiting and School Nursing routes ; these are equivalent to 23 weeks full time over the period of the PgDip.

Royal College of Nursing accreditation will be awarded on completion of the full MSc.

Careers

This programme develops greater understanding and the skills of the advanced practitioner in relation to leadership and clinical practice.

As healthcare is an ever changing environment, it will provide aspiring healthcare professionals with a comprehensive programme of preparation that develops an advanced level of practice.

It recognises the accepted international benchmark for advanced practice and develops highly experienced and educated members of the care team who are able to diagnose and treat healthcare needs or make a referral to an appropriate specialist..

This programme allows students to continue and develop their knowledge and skills within their own areas of practice, enabling them to accelerate their career progression.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services. Read more
When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services.

The focus is on developing your competence, confidence and expertise in assessing the needs of your clients, and working in partnership with them to make informed, holistic health choices.

The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-school-nursing2

Why choose this course?

• Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a School Nurse, and increase your prospects of fulfilling employment
• Explore the latest research and practice, and develop a range of public health nursing skills that are pertinent to school nursing
• Develop your sensitivity and understanding in relation to cultural and religious values, beliefs, abilities and the needs of individuals, groups and populations
• Gain an understanding of the evidence on which care interventions are based in order to promote, evaluate and design interventions, and critically develop effective questioning techniques to enhance your communication skills
• Benefit from student-focused, self-directed and guided learning that uses a variety of teaching methods including e-learning, work and problem based learning, simulation, role play and student led seminars.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-school-nursing

Course detail

This course offers the opportunity to study for a combined Master of Science / Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) qualification. Success in the Master of Science in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) or in the intermediate qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) will provide the professional qualification and eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing).

Emphasis throughout the course is placed on your continuing personal and professional development with the aim of improving your employability prospects. You will focus on issues of direct relevance to the achievement of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing status as a School Nurse whilst pursuing a postgraduate course of study in a supportive learning environment.

Opportunities for conference attendance and presentations. Studentfocused, self-directed and guided learning, small group tutorials, encouragement of peer support, using a variety of teaching methods e.g. e-learning, work based learning, problem based learning, simulation, role play, studentled seminars. Emphasis on continuing personal and professional development (lifelong learning).

Modules

• Assessment And Interventions In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) (CEL031-6) Compulsory
• Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (CEL037-6) Compulsory
• Service Improvement Project In School Nursing (CEL015-6) Compulsory
• Specialist Community Public Health Practice (School Nursing) (CEL034-6) Compulsory
• Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Leadership (CEL016-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The course assessment strategy is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate professional relevance; draw on expertise-by-experience; foster active learning and be leaner-centred in approach. A distinct feature of the course is the range of assessment tasks, including those that allow students to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a service improvement project, assessed practice within your placements, a portfolio of evidence of learning in practice and a profile of the health needs of your local practice area. The course assessments also include a timed, invigilated exam as this is an NMC requirement


Assessment tasks are designed so that students can tailor them to professional interests, experience and development needs. They area also designed so that students can rehearse ways of thinking and acting that are professionally relevant

There are specific professional requirements for passing some of the units in the course. These requirements are stated on the relevant unit information forms (UIFs).

Careers

During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as a school nurse. The course provides a student- focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs. Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding potential career development.

You will carry out a service improvement project in your workplace which will both consolidate your knowledge and further enhance your career opportunities.

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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If you're interested in working as a School Nurse, then our course will give you everything you need to become a specialist practitioner in this field. Read more
If you're interested in working as a School Nurse, then our course will give you everything you need to become a specialist practitioner in this field. Our many years of experience in running this programme has led to high achievement and low attrition rates, so you can be confident that our expert teaching staff will give you the knowledge necessary for success. Our excellent working relationships with partner trusts and employers offers you a supportive learning environment to hone your skills, which will be complemented through practice placements through the course. Take the first step towards being a specialised School Nurse by completing our programme!

Course outline

We will prepare you for the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within School Nursing, allowing you to register with the NMC. This course contains an even spread of theory and practice, which is facilitated by practice experience in an area specific to School Nursing. You can also take opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in other relevant settings during the course.

Graduate destinations

You will be qualified to work as a School Nurse and eligible to apply for registration on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway. Opting to study HPHN 9001 means you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.

You may wish to continue your education further with a Masters degree. We recommend the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice, though you may want to consider an MSC in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care, Nursing and Primary Health Care.

Other admission requirements

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from your trust to be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course. If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local trusts. The trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/international/

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Working as a school nurse can be a highly rewarding career. If you feel that putting your skills to work in a school is the right move for you, then our course will help train you as a specialist practitioner in this field. Read more
Working as a school nurse can be a highly rewarding career. If you feel that putting your skills to work in a school is the right move for you, then our course will help train you as a specialist practitioner in this field. We have excellent working relationships with partner trusts and employers that will provide a supportive learning environment to hone your skills, which will be put to the test in practice placements throughout the course. We are proud of the high achievement rates we have seen through the many years we have run this course, so gain the benefit of our expert teaching staff's experience and work towards being a fully qualified school nurse.

Course outline

We will prepare you for the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse within School Nursing, allowing you to register with the NMC. This course contains an even spread of theory and practice, which is facilitated by practice experience in an area specific to School Nursing. You can also take opportunities to gain alternative practice experience in other relevant settings during the course.

Graduate destinations

You will be qualified to work as a School Nurse and eligible to apply for registration on the NMC Nursing register in your named pathway. Opting to study HPHN 9001 means you can apply to record this qualification as a V100 Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.

You may wish to continue your education further with a Masters degree. We recommend the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice, though you may want to consider an MSC in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care, Nursing and Primary Health Care.

Other admission requirements

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme. The interview panel may include trust staff, employers, mentors/practice teachers and university staff. During the interview you will be offered advice on the suitability of the award dependent on factors such as prior learning, and your personal and professional development needs.

You will need support from your trust to be able to secure a placement in your chosen area of practice, with access to a Practice Teacher. You will need to have completed a Criminal Records Bureau clearance, and this will be checked prior to your commencement on the course. If you work in Cumbria, Lancashire or Blackpool areas, you may be eligible to apply for a place on the programme funded and supported by one of the local trusts. The trusts advertise places on the programme each year through NHS Jobs usually in spring/early summer. We advise you to contact your local trust and ask to speak with the manager for the specialist pathway that you are interested in, in order to express your interest and discuss opportunities.

Occasionally students self-fund a place on this programme. However, you will still need to talk to the relevant manager in your local trust in order to ask if they can provide you with a placement and a mentor/practice teacher in the relevant field of practice.

If you live further afield, you are able to undertake the programme with us if you can organise a practice placement with a mentor or practice teacher in the relevant field of practice. Your local trust will be able to advise you as to whether this is possible.

International applicants can find out more about entry requirements on our dedicated webpages: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/international/

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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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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

Adult-Gerontological nursing provides students with an in-depth understanding of health and illness in the adult and older adult populations. They are prepared to provide advanced nursing care to well adults/elders, acutely and chronically ill adults/elders, and frail older persons in community or institutional settings.
Students choose functional preparation in one of four functional 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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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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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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This Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice is the professional qualification for nurses who wish to gain entry to part three of the NMC nursing register as a health visitor or school nurse. Places on this programme are sponsored centrally through service commissioners and in partnership with health visiting and school nursing service providers.

Key benefits:

- Completion of clinically-focused evidence-based core modules
- Access to teachers who are active researchers in health visiting and school nursing
- Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-practice-nursing-pg-dip.aspx

Course detail

- Description

You will undertake core modules in leadership in public health, evidence-based practice, healthcare research, child protection, specialist practice and for health visiting students, nurse prescribing. School nursing students may choose a clinically focussed option after discussion with the pathway leader. Students progressing to the MSc undertake a substantial project relevant to their own area of practice.

- Course purpose

These pathways are designed to furnish qualified nurses with the evidence to demonstrate eligibility to register their specialist practitioner status with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). They may also suit registered practitioners who are supporting autonomous practice, supporting educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership and who seek further educational opportunities to further this.

- Course format and assessment

The programme begins in mid-September. Assessment is predominantly by coursework but at least one module is assessed by examination. Most modules have a single assessment and in addition students write up a project that analyses the research base or policy in an area of their choice.

Core modules:

- Leadership in Public Health Nursing
- Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare
- Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice
- Child Protection: Assessment and Intervention
- SCPHN Professional Portfolio
- Prescribing module (Health Visiting route)
- An appropriate option module (School Nursing route)

Career prospects

Possible options include: professional supervisor; public health specialist; consultant school nurse.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/index.aspx

Why study at King's:

• Internationally renowned clinicians and academics
• Largest provider of healthcare professional training in Europe
• Links with industry, health services and policy makers
• Clinical attachment with the best teaching hospitals as part of King’s Health Partners http://www.kingshealthpartners.org
• Integrated inter-professional learning throughout the courses
• Our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally
• Opportunities to study with nurses, midwives and other health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms
• King’s College London is ranked equal 19th university in the world (2015 QS World University Rankings)
• World's first professional nursing & midwifery education centre
• Top Nursing & Midwifery Faculty in the UK and 6th in the world (2016 QS World University Rankings)
• Located in the heart of London.

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Studying on this course enables you to develop your knowledge and skills to work with children, young people, their families and carers to improve health and wellbeing.

You learn to develop a pragmatic public health philosophy for family healthcare and an evidence-based skill set applicable to the challenges of contemporary practice.

To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, your studies consists of 50% practice and 50% theory (alongside 100% attendance). We structure the postgraduate diploma to reflect the important balance of the practice elements, which are designated practice days or work-based learning. A 10 week consolidated practice block (in semester 3) enables you to work independently while remaining under the supervision of a practice teacher. The theoretical elements involve a mix of learning approaches including self-directed study days.

Another key aspect of your studies is to develop an understanding of the levels of accountability and responsibility you take on in these roles. You learn how to ensure public protection is developed to deliver safe and effective health improvements to individuals, groups and communities.

There are many opportunities on the course to share learning from your peers and other disciplines from across the primary /community care teams and services that work with children, young people and families.

When you start to put what you have learnt into practice, you benefit from strong partnerships with health, education and local authority organisations in the region.

The modern and diverse placements you go on are designed to meet the changing needs of children, young people and families, and may include placement with social services, education and a variety of organisations from the voluntary sector – foster collaborations with those that work alongside health visitors and school nurses.

You also complete a research-based module which provides a building block for further study from the exit award of PgDip to MSc qualification. The learning from the research module equips you to use policy and research to underpin and develop innovative practice and gives you the skills to frame a research question, take empirical research and write up an academic dissertation. If you successfully complete the PgDip, you can at a later date (pending additional funding and study) undertake a 60 credit dissertation module and gain an MSc qualification.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-nursing-public-health

Key areas of study

Key areas include:
-Applying evidence into practice; public health, quality of care – safety and public protection.
-Working together for children and families - family centred care.
-A toolkit for behaviour change.
-Developing therapeutic relationships.
-Transforming services through innovation and influence.
-Safe and effective nurse prescriber.

Experienced course teaching team

Experienced health visitor and school nurse lecturers deliver the course. As a student you learn from a highly motivated and proactive teaching team aiming to improve lives through excellence in professionalism. We ensure our students and the public benefit from a commitment to evidence-based education, application to practice and impact on quality of care.

Some lecturers are engaged in ongoing research and are publishing in peer reviewed journals with areas of expertise that include safeguarding, the child and families agenda, behaviour change and community development.

Four members of our teaching team are also Fellows of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), a professional body which strives for excellence in the health visiting profession.

Successfully completing the course

-Gives you a deeper awareness of the need to maintain and develop your own competence and that of others in the changing context of health visiting and school nursing, with a specific focus on the leadership required to ensure high quality care and enhance service user experience.
-Develops and enhances your leadership skills to foster excellence in public health practice and shape services to meet the identified needs of individuals, groups and communities.

Gaining an MSc qualification enhances your employability in advanced and specialist roles available to health visitors and school nurses. These may include working in public health positions in local authorities or in advisory and health education positions in acute health care.

Study individual modules

You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visitor or School Nurse.
You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in the UK.
To access the full course and gain the NMC recognised qualifications, you need to be sponsored by an employing NHS organisation (hence have NHS contract for the length of the course).

Course structure

Postgraduate Diploma
-Full time – 1 year (52 weeks).
-Part time – typically 2 years (This is only an option is you are supported by an NHS Employer).

MSc module - you must have successfully completed the PgDip in either health visiting or school nursing to be eligible to apply to the MSc
-Full time – 2 years.
-Part time – 3 to 6 years.

Start date
-PgDip – September.
-MSc – September or January.

Postgraduate Diploma modules:
-Family centred public health
-Developing therapeutic relationships
-Perspectives on safeguarding for scphn
-Evidence based public health practice
-Developing specialist practice
-Nurse prescribing (v100)
-Research methods for practice

Masters
-Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment: critiques/critical reflection; reports; essays; objective structured clinical assessment and examination; examinations; portfolio including prescribing workbook, reflection and practice assessment document; research; dissertation (MSc only).

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Do you want to show commitment to your career in Public Health Nursing? As a qualified Health Visitor or School Nurse you are already making a positive impact on the lives of children and nurturing their development. This course is for nurses motivated to achieve their master’s qualification and understand how research can improve nursing practice.

Visit the website: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/health-and-social-sciences/pt/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-pt-1718

Is this course for me?

Are you ready to take the next steps in your nursing career? Do you want to increase your expertise? As a nurse you should always strive to develop your skills so you can consistently deliver high quality care. By the end of this course you will have extra skills to support your existing qualifications and experience.

As a qualified School Nurse or Health Visitor your additional training will expand your knowledge, allow you to make decisions more effectively and build upon your existing skills. This course will also improve your research skills and show you how your findings can shape future study and influence practice.

The NHS and the workforce is continually changing to meet patient needs. Achieving a master's degree will add to your CV and demonstrate your motivation, problem solving and evaluation skills. Your career prospects will be boosted and you'll impress employers with your commitment to your career in public health nursing

You can also undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in this subject: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/MC2SCP1/

What will this course cover?

This course develops your leadership and management skills. You will also be challenged to evaluate and analyse at an advanced level that is relevant to
your career either in School Nursing or Health Visiting.

We will give you the support you need to complete your dissertation while you work in the field. The course will cover the whole research process from ethics approval to writing your final report. By the end of the course you will have investigated a topic important to your workplace.

Attendance

At the beginning of the course you will be allocated to a member of the teaching team with expertise in your area of study. You will also be invited to attend research seminars to help broaden your knowledge and understanding.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/

Funding

There are a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students which include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans: http://bucks.ac.uk/fees_funding/postgraduate-masters-scholarships/

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