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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    For funding information for the MSc in Nursing (Adult) please visit: website

  • Last Updated

    13 September 2018

Course content

Each year, the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership commissions a number of fully funded places for the Nursing (Adult) programme. To receive this funding, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 18 months, following the completion of their course. Should students be unable to make this commitment, standard tuition fees will apply.

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Nursing (Adult) graduates can expect a starting salary of £22,128 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: The Nursing (Adult) programme is open to graduates with a 2:2 degree or above who have a minimum of 750 hours’ experience of working in health related environments, such as care homes, hospitals, community or homecare.

ACCREDITATION: Nursing (Adult) graduates will be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Key Features of Nursing (Adult)

Why take the Nursing (Adult) course?

  • Ranked Top 20 in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Ranked 26th out of 71 (Times and Sunday Times 2017)
  • Some modules are available in Welsh
  • Supported by a large number of healthcare providers plus strong links with health boards
  • Wide range of clinical experiences within South West Wales
  • You will be taught by qualified nurses, doctors and allied health professionals, many of whom still work in clinical practice

The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities for students of Adult Nursing in Swansea including a clinical practice suite which allows students to learn practical skills in realistic surroundings. There is also a clinical and technical skills resource centre.

The 2-year MSc in Nursing (Adult) is open to applicants who have already completed an honours degree and have a minimum of 750 hours’ experience in a healthcare setting in the last year.

The Nursing (Adult) curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the changing demography in the wider population and the emerging health needs. A range of teaching and learning strategies are implemented to engage the learner including simulation, practice learning, lectures, skills rehearsals, and online digital learning resources.

Practice based learning is central to the students’ development, and Nursing (Adult) students will spend 40 weeks of their course on placement. Here they will gain experience in a diverse range of nursing settings, including community, nursing homes, and hospitals.

The Nursing (Adult) programme has been designed to develop the students’ personal and professional attributes, knowledge and skills required of a newly registered nurse.

Nursing (Adult) Course Structure

The Nursing (Adult) course does not follow the usual University term times. The academic year starts in early September and ends late the following August. 

50% of the teaching for Nursing (Adult) students will take place in healthcare placements, and the other 50% will be taught at university.

The MSc in Nursing (Adult) is made up of five modules:

Year 1:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Nursing
  • Module 2 – Living with Long-term and Chronic Conditions

Year 2

  • Module 3 – Managing Complex Care in Deteriorating Situations
  • Module 4 – Leadership & Decision-making
  • Module 5 – Dissertation

Teaching is based on a social model and Nursing (Adult) students will be taught to appreciate healthcare and the well- being of the patient in the wider context. A range of teaching methods will be adopted in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. These will include; lectures, guided reading, seminars, discussion groups, scenarios, distance learning, practical sessions, simulated practice and Enquiry Based Learning.

Assessments will enable Nursing (Adult) students to develop creative, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Nursing (Adult) students will learn how to deal with real-life situations in the form of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), poster presentations and will even write a journal article ready for publication.

Modules

Modules on the Nursing (Adult) course may include:

  • Introduction to Nursing (Adult)
  • Continuing Conditions and Palliative Care (Adult)
  • Dissertation (Adult)
  • Managing Complex Care in Deteriorating Situations (Adult)
  • Leadership and Decision-Making (Adult)

Facilities

Nursing (Adult) students have the opportunity to practice what is learned in a safe environment, which reflects as near as possible the actual conditions in health care practice, before going into a real hospital or community setting on clinical placement. 

Our range of equipment for Nursing (Adult) students includes:

  • Profiling beds
  • Manual handling aids
  • Patient monitors
  • Defibrillators 
  • Emergency resuscitation trollies
  • Realistic patient simulators
  • Manikins which can create clinical simulation experiences 

The simulated sessions allow students to develop technical, clinical decision making and problem solving skills in a safe non-threatening environment and also allow Nursing (Adult) students the opportunity to appraise and self-evaluate their experiences.  

Manikin and human patient simulation

The College has a wide range of simulators, ranging from manikins that allow Nursing (Adult) students to learn and develop fundamental skills and techniques, to the top of the range human patient Simulators.

We offer a range of simulators from the “Sim family” (Sim man, Sim man essential, Sim junior, Sim baby and Sim newb). These simulators help teach core skills as they can be programmed to display a wide variety of health problems including airway and breathing difficulties, circulation problems and cardiac arrest. 

These pre-programmed simulated patients can be adapted throughout the skills sessions provided, giving Nursing (Adult) students the ability to offer challenging and realistic scenario based sessions to aid learning. The more advanced simulators have features including interchangeable pupils, heart, lung and bowel sounds, recordable blood pressures, the ability to provide urinary catheterisation, palpable pulses and the ability to allow cannulation.

The College provides Nursing (Adult) students with the opportunity to practice infrequently occurring scenarios for example basic or advanced life support scenarios. Advanced patient resuscitation simulators are available (Resusci Anne QCPR Torso and fully body Resusci baby QCPR, and ALS simulator man) which allow students to develop competency with regards to these skills. Multiple assessment and quality feedback options are available, including real time feedback, which focus on developing and improving upon this competence. These simulators can be tailored to meet individual learner objectives.


Visit the Nursing (Adult) MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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