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MSc (PGDip Entry) Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing)

UK

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What will I learn?

Course Overview

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.

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.

What facilities can I use?

We have a range of state-of-the-art facilities for you to access, including our Nursing Simulation Labs, multistorey library and IT suites. Students will be able to access our full range of support services, including the Learning Development Unit for skills and study support, the Careers and Employability Team, Student Finance Team, Accommodation and Counselling Services.

What will I study?

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.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for district nurses.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand the complexities of working in a community setting
  • better appreciate strategic influences on policy
  • take a critical approach to nursing care in the community, with a strong emphasis on providing holistic, evidence-based care to patients in their homes
  • analyse how decisions about care are made, drawing on relevant research
  • work at the forefront of caring for patients with a range of healthcare needs.

You will benefit from strong support throughout, with personal and link tutors at the University, and a practice teacher supporting you to learn in your trust.

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.

What are my career prospects?

As a graduate of this course, you will be well equipped to advance your career as a team leader in district nursing. Your specialist skills and knowledge will also be sought after in areas such as managing community services, other management roles and teaching.

Which department am I in?

Buckinghamshire New University

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
This course is just available to UK students.
Start date

30 January 2023

Venue

High Wycombe Campus

Queen Alexandra Road,

High Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire,

HP11 2JZ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students require successful completion of a Bachelor degree with an overall pass or above from a UK NARIC-recognised institution.

For international students

The academic criteria for admission for this programme is a Post Graduate Diploma (PG dip) (120 credits at level 7) in children’s nursing. The NMC professional requirements are for applicants to be entered on the appropriate part of the NMC Register. Applicants will be a level 1 nurse and have a qualification in child nursing, and have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes. This will be assessed at interview. Students need to have an IELTS Academic score of 6.0 (5.5). TOEFL iBT with 72 overall score with 17 in Listening, 17 in Writing, 20 in Speaking, 18 in Reading.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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