This programme supports the development of registered (Adult) nurses who are capable of meeting the contemporary political, organisational and clinical practice demands of care delivery. Specialist Practitioner District Nurses (SPDN) require to demonstrate high level decision-making and problem-solving skills in challenging complex clinical situations as part of caring for the older population.
The programme aims to build on students’ existing professional knowledge and skills to enable them to extend their capabilities to develop knowledge and skills pertinent to SPDN practice using a range of dynamic and stimulating learning opportunities.
This PgD complies with Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for specialist education and practice (NMC, 2001) and standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (Independent/supplementary V300) (NMC, 2006).
Evaluating Evidence to Develop Research and Inform Practice; Non-Medical Prescribing; Leading Advanced Practice in District Nursing 1; Supporting Anticipatory Care for Long Term Conditions; Evaluating Professional Perspectives and Clinical Decision Making for Advanced Practice;Leading Advanced Practice in District Nursing 2.
Various methods are used including essays, presentations and practice logs.
The majority of students undertaking this programme are in NHS employment and thereafter will apply to NHS service providers to secure future employment commensurate with the professional award of SPDN.