Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing) (PG Diploma entry) (Taught)

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Course summary

Are you ready to take your nursing career to the next stage? This master’s level course will build on your skills and experience in district nursing, to deepen your practice, and give you the leadership capabilities you need to excel in this field. Why study this subject? Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the course covers all the key areas of contemporary district nursing practice, from mental health across the lifespan and long-term conditions, to effective caseload management and selfcare. This course is for qualified nurses with a postgraduate diploma in nursing. You will be sponsored by a health organisation or trust and achieve a master’s, while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in an area of community nursing you want to specialise in. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. As well as this you will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice. We offer continuous support throughout the programme, and you will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. Your personal tutor will help guide you through your studies, support you with your academic development and give advice when needed. Highly regarded by students and practice partners for our teaching in this area, BNU has a strong reputation for its health visitor and school nurse training. You will work with highly skilled academics, who have worked in the community – and spend 50% of your time in practice yourself, consolidating and deepening your understanding and skills. Honing your critical thinking and leadership skills, you will learn to make better decisions, and be well equipped to lead large teams of nurses effectively in caring for patients in their own homes. You will also learn to take a more strategic view of community healthcare provision, drawing on the latest research, ideas and policy – as well as carrying out your own piece of research. This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for district nurses. As well as spending half your time in practice, case study-type simulations will allow you to explore the kind of issues you will face as a district nurse. You will also work closely with students from other community nursing courses at BNU, building your experience of working in a multi-professional way. 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 – and you will investigate a topic important to your workplace. By the end of the course, you will have developed the higher level of skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in this specialist field of nursing. Your e-portfolio will provide evidence of this, to validate your learning with the NMC.

Course details

Modules

Enhancing Specialist Community Practice (district nursing); Innovation and Philosophical Enquiry in Practice; Critical Perspectives in Managing Complex Health Needs in the Community Setting. (optional); Leading Innovative Healthcare in the Community Setting (optional); Critical Issues in Mental Health Across the Lifespan (optional); Contemporary Issues in Community Palliative Care (optional); Nurse Prescribing or Post Graduate certificate Non-medical prescribing (optional); Clinical Decision Making for Non - Medical Prescribing; Applied Pharmacology for NonMedical Prescribing.


Entry requirements

You need to be registered as a level 1 nurse on the appropriate part of the NMC register. You also need to be working in UK clinical practice, so this course is just available to UK students.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8750 Year 1
England £8750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8750 Year 1
Scotland £8750 Year 1
Wales £8750 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing) (PG Diploma entry) at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS