- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: High Wycombe
- Duration: One Year
- Start Date: February 2022
With this programme you can learn the skills and understanding you need to become a key worker within the nursing profession, a district nurse. With no two days ever the same, you can be sure that care you offer supports and helps those in need.
This BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner Qualification offers the advanced level of training you need and is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It will give you specialist skills and knowledge to improve your practice and take your career forward. This course is for qualified nurses with a diploma. You will be sponsored by a health organisation or trust and achieve a degree, while gaining advanced skills and knowledge in an area of community nursing you want to specialise in.
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Why study this subject?
District nurses perform vital work, caring for housebound patients in their own homes and keeping them out of hospital for longer. By studying at specialist practitioner level, you will gain the insights and skills to be able to lead teams of district nurses effectively and make your mark 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 Health and Social Care.
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?
This specialist course covers key aspects of current district nursing practice, from mental health across the lifespan and long-term conditions, to effective caseload management and self-care. Developing your skills in managing and leading people, you will also learn to take a more strategic view of the way healthcare is delivered in the community, drawing on the latest research, ideas and policy.
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 people with a range of healthcare needs, including highly complex ones.
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 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.
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.
What are the course entry requirements?
The academic criteria for admission to this programme are normally a diploma (120 credits at level 5) in nursing. However experienced nurses who have at least 60 credits at level 5 will be asked to provide evidence to the programme team of their ability to study at level 6.
This evidence will be a piece of written work related to their prior experience. 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 or adult nursing, and have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes. This will be assessed at application and interview.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Developing Specialist Community Practice (DN)
Approaches to Research in Practice
Managing Complex Health Needs in the Community Setting
Innovation and Leadership in Community Nursing
Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Community Palliative Care
Clinical Decision Making for Non - Medical Prescribing Nurses/ midwives and allied health professionals
Applied Pharmacology for Non-Medical Prescribing
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
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. You could also become a community matron or go into other roles such as managing community services, or practice or academic teaching.