This course is designed to support a wide range of experienced professional nursing practitioners who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in their specialist practice domain. It is designed to optimise and maximise the client experience through the acquisition and application of higher level skills and experiences which directly affects the delivery of specialist care and service development.
The course will offer students the opportunity to study their area of specialist practice in depth so as to demonstrate, through higher level clinical decision making, consistent developments and advancements in clinical health care. It has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners seeking a flexible route to master’s level qualification and a specialist practitioner recordable qualification with the NMC. The course is strongly linked to clinical practice and has been developed with clinical colleagues from a wide range of clinical specialities.
The nature and focus of the core modules demonstrate a commitment to give you, not only the knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist nursing practice to patients and clients, but the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace. The range of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to your professional needs. You must complete a total of 180 credits for the MSc or a total of 120 credits for the PG Dip.
Core modules – 60 credits to be taken by all students:
•Accountable practitioner (15 credits) •Influencing / innovating and problem solving in clinical practice (15 credits) •Physical and psychosocial examination and consultation skills for specialist practice (15 credits) •Using evidence to develop service and advance nursing practice (15 credits) Pathway specific core modules – 30 credits to be taken by all students:
•Adult –Developing expertise in adult nursing (30 credits) •Learning disability – Developing expertise in learning disability nursing (30 credits) •Mental health - Developing expertise in mental health nursing (30 credits) •General practice - Developing expertise in general practice nursing (30 credits) District - Developing expertise in district nursing (30 credits)
Additional core module – 0 credits to be taken by all students
•Integration of specialist practice (0 credits) •Option modules – 30 credits to be taken by all students: •Long term care (30 credits) •Acute care (15 credits) •Metal health and psychosocial care (15 credits) •First contact and urgent care (30 credits) •Immediate care (15 credits) •Issues in contemporary health care (15 credits) •The community agenda (15 credits) •Additional final core module for all MSc students only •Service development project (60 credits)
•A UK honours degree with at least second class honours in a relevant subject, or equivalent •Competence in English•Effective registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register •At least two years clinical experience in nursing in a chosen field of practice, demonstration of experience in leadership, mentorship or nursing research within clinical area •Demonstration of direct and continuing contact with clients who have specialist care needs, prior to and continuing throughout the course •Applicants must be able to name two referees, one giving emphasis to academic ability. the second their relevant clinical experience •interview will be required
Recipient: De Montfort University
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