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MSc (PG Diploma entry) Specialist Practitioner Qualification (Community Children's Nursing)

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: February 2023
Take your career to the next level with community children’s nursing.
Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the course covers all the key areas of contemporary community nursing practice, from mental health across the lifespan and safeguarding, to effective caseload management.
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.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

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 community children’s nursing, to deepen your practice, and give you the leadership capabilities to excel in this rewarding field.

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 some of your time in practice yourself, consolidating and deepening your understanding and skills.

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?

Specialist community nursing is an area of nursing practice which has a focus on assessing, and reacting, to the health needs of children, young people or adults with particular health needs in the community setting. Working in the community requires specialist knowledge, skills and behaviours that are distinct from working in the hospital setting.

During your time on the course we aim to ensure that you develop your skills of leadership and independent learning. By the time you graduate from the course you will be able to demonstrate a refined level of decision making when providing quality care in the community, as well as enhanced decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations in the community setting.

Using your extended knowledge of community practice and utilising a critical, evidence based approach you will leave the programme as a safe and competent Specialist Community Practitioner (SPQ).

How will I be taught and assessed?

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 children 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 community children’s 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 children in their homes
  • analyse how decisions about care are made, drawing on relevant research
  • work at the forefront of caring for children with a range of healthcare needs.

The course makes use of a range of flexible learning and assessment approaches, to ensure you learn in the way that suits you best. We will be looking, in particular, at how well you apply the theory to your own nursing and leadership practice.

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 children’s community 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.

Study this course full time for a year. You will spend two days a week at university and two days a week in practice.

Useful Documents

MSc (Postgraduate Diploma Entry) Specialist Practitioner Qualification Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

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.

This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 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)

Critical Aspects of Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (optional)

Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing V100 or Non-Medical Prescribing

Clinical Decision Making for Non-Medical Prescribing

Applie Pharmacology for Non-Medical Prescribing

What are the tuition fees

Home

Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year

International

Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£16,000 per year

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

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 community children’s nursing. Your specialist skills and knowledge will also be sought after in areas such as managing community services, other management roles and teaching.

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