Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved
College College Medicine and Den Sci
School Institute of Clinical Sciences
Department Nursing
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Nurs Full-time
Programme Code 507C
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme A graduate awarded the Master of Nursing programme will have developed a critical understanding of a diverse and complex body of knowledge applied to and developed through nursing practice. Much of this knowledge will be contemporary and at the current boundaries of the discipline. Engagement in clinical research, including the critical evaluation of evidence and developing leadership of evidence-based practice and practice improvement, is a strong theme developed through the programme. Students are encouraged to develop skills of self assessment critical reflection and self regulation and the developing confidence to lead clinical enquiry and manage improvements in health care teams.

Learning and teaching strategies will facilitate the acquisition of clinical decision making and problem solving skills and engender a culture of independent and lifelong learning. By means of this the MNurs. graduate will have developed critical evaluation and analytical techniques that can be transferred to many areas of nursing and health careers.

The MNurs graduate will be able to systematically and critically evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in order to reach sound judgements, generate new ideas and to communicate effectively to a range of audiences. Moreover, graduates should have the qualities needed for nursing employment in roles requiring the exercise of personal / professional responsibility, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances.

Our aims for the programme are:
I. To develop nurses who are safe, innovative and accountable practitioners who demonstrate a consistently high standard of clinical competence in a variety of health care settings;
II. To develop nurses who practise in a compassionate, respectful and culturally competent manner ensuring that those in their care maintain their dignity and autonomy;
III. To develop nurses who work in partnerships with service users, carers and other professionals involved in health and social care;
IV. To enable students to benefit fully from a university education which fosters their personal, intellectual, social and political awareness and which enables them to reflect upon and challenge practice and to contribute positively both to their profession and to society;
V. To develop nurses who can promote healthy lifestyles and contribute positively towards the public health agenda recognising how social factors and environments impact on health and wellbeing
VI. To facilitate nurses who will provide professional leadership and management of nursing care as part of the interdisciplinary care team
VII. To promote nurses with knowledge of pathophysiology, models of clinical assessment and diagnostic techniques to underpin clinical decision making skills and post registration career development
VIII. To develop nurses who through management of continuing professional and career development can support the on going learning of self and others;
IX. To enable nurses to actively engage with research practice and the clinical academic team in developing and critiquing new knowledge claims and are able to systematically review and lead the application of evidence-based practice for care improvement

The programme is, thus, designed to prepare proficient, caring and accountable practitioners who contribute safely and effectively to the complexities of contemporary health care and whose practice is informed by an extensive knowledge base of relevant theory and research. The programme further fosters an awareness of inter-professionalism and multi-agency working in health care delivery through an interdisciplinary learning strategy and places a strong emphasis on holism, cultural sensitivity and social inclusion in nursing practice wherever it is practised.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Programme outcomes 1 – 7 are shared with the Bachelor of Nursing programme

1) The concepts underpinning health and illness and their relationship to nursing theory and evidence-based nursing practice.

2) The relationship between the biological sciences and the human experience of, and response to health, illness and the ageing process.

3) The principles of health related psychology and its relevance to the provision of nursing care.

4) The principles of and a critical understanding of health policy in relation to the organisation and the delivery of health services with the UK and the global health environment.

5) An understanding of the principles of and a critical understanding of evidence-based practice.

6) The legal and ethical framework for professional nursing practice.

7) The Nurse’s role in multidisciplinary care, leadership, accountability and professional autonomy.

In addition Master of Nursing students will have knowledge and understanding of:

8) The systematic application of research methods and research governance to an area of clinical nursing enquiry

9) A critical application of pathophysiology to clinical assessment and the use of diagnostic techniques to inform clinical decision making

10) Negotiated and independent learning to inform career choices, employability and the professional development of self and others

11) Contemporary concepts in leading and managing nursing and care teams that enable measurement and evaluation of patient safety, quality and performance and to initiate improvement in the care team
1) Lectures, workshops, simulation, laboratory practical sessions, questioning and observation, approaches, group work, clinical placements, enquiry-based learning, learning packages, e-learning, verbal presentations, student-directed study, reflective learning

2) Students undertake a Biological Sciences and Clinical Skills module in Year 1 with teaching being delivered in lectures, via e-learning and directed reading. In Year 2 medicines management is integrated throughout the clinical the CAP documents and the students ESC documents building on students’ knowledge of the biological sciences. This is also taught via lectures, e-learning, directed reading and in seminar groups. The clinical modules in the fields of practice modules develop and apply biological science knowledge using lectures e-learning, directed reading and clinical placements

3) The public health and child development module in year one is delivered by lectures, simulation, verbal presentations, group work and directed reading. In Year 2 students will develop their knowledge further in the clinical modules when health behaviour is further explored.

4) In Year 2 of the programme students are introduced to health policy in the clinical modules and in Year 3 in the Cultural Diversity in Nursing module. These modules are taught though lectures, seminar groups and directed reading.

5) Students are introduced to the principles and practice of research in Years 1 and 2. In addition to this the content of all clinical modules is informed by evidence based practice and research. Teaching and learning will be through, lectures, group work, student-directed study, reflective learning, problem-based approaches to learning, clinical placements

6) Students are introduced to legal and ethical aspects of nursing practice in Year 1 in the Principles of Nursing module. Learning takes place through lectures, seminar groups and e-learning. Building upon this knowledge, students in Year 2 will take the Research in professional practice module and through lectures and seminar groups they will explore and develop their understanding further.

7)In the clinical modules throughout the programme students will learn through lectures, seminar groups, clinical practice, directed reading and Canvas, about the role of the nurse. In the final year (year 4) students will take the Leading and Managing Teams module and through lectures and clinical practice they will develop their knowledge and ability to lead making the transition from student to qualified staff.

8)Following foundation research knowledge in year 1 and 2 ( see 21.5 and 21.6), students will through blended, online learning, consider the research governance and project management that frames safe and effectively managed research (yr 3 LM). In year 4 (LM) they will develop further knowledge of critical appraisal and application of evidence. Concurrently, group work and supervision is used to develop student’s experiential knowledge of the clinical research process and disseminating knowledge to varied audiences.

9) Students will draw upon knowledge gained through achieving LO 21.2 Through online and face to face lectures, seminar group work and group tutorials students will develop their knowledge of pathophysiology (year 3) using this to inform problem based and simulated learning within the clinical laboratory environment in year 4 (Clinical assessment)

10) Through the development of a negotiated learning contract (year 3) students will utilise independent learning to develop an area of career interest in order to enhance graduate employability and career choice. Understanding of learning goals and demonstrating evidence of achievement for CPD is also developed through work based learning in Leading and Managing teams

11) Students will develop experience of supporting and developing others through work based learning
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unseen examinations
continuous assessment of practice (CAP)
essay based assignments
case studies

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unseen examinations
essay based assignments

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essay based assignments
unseen examination

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essay based assignments

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computer-based assessment
essays based assignments
dissertation
continuous assessment of practice (CAP)

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essay based assignments

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continuous assessment of practice (CAP)
essay based assignments

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essay based assignments
report
group presentation

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Examination
OSCE

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E- portfolio

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Continuous assessment of practice
E-portfolio
Essay based asignment
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
All undergraduate nursing students are expected to have attained the following skills and other attributes:

1) Professional values demonstrated by working within the nurses Code (NMC, 2015) and demonstrate that they act first and foremost in caring and safeguarding the public.

2) Excellent communication and interpersonal skills using a range of strategies and interventions including the use of information technology and report writing

3) Competence in nursing practice and decision making skills in order to meet the full range of essential physical and mental health needs of their clients

4) Leadership, management and team working skills within the multi-disciplinary team using creating and maximise` opportunities to improve services and problem solve

5) The ability to meet the demands of the Essential Skills Clusters as identified by the NMC (2010)

Master of Nursing students will also have attained the following skills and other attributes:

6) Beginning researcher skills in order to develop, manage, evaluate and disseminate the findings of a clinical enquiry or improvement project in conjunction with the clinical academic and nursing management team

7) Career planning and independent learning skills for continuing professional and doctoral development

8) Clinical assessment and diagnostic skills and techniques in partial support for future post registration study of nurse non-medical prescribing in line with NMC requirements.

9) Systematic in depth, critical, problem solving and justification skills.
1) Taught through lectures, e-learning, practice based learning involving working with clinical staff, students in Years 1, 2 , 3, 4(M)

2) Taught through lectures, e-learning, practice based learning involving working with clinical staff

3) Taught through lectures, e-learning, practice based learning involving working with clinical staff

4) Taught through lectures, e-learning, action learning, practice based learning involving working with clinical staff

5) The skills clusters form an essential part of the programme and at the end of Year 1, 2 and before qualification and entry to the nurses register skills will be taught in the clinical modules in the University setting and out on clinical placements. These skills form part of the Continuous Assessment of Practice document and must be achieved for progression at the end of each year to be achieved.

6) Taught through blended, online learning, group work and supervised research practice.

7) Taught through interactive lectures and group work, independent learning, tutorials

8) Lectures, workshops, group work, PBL, simulation

9) Gained through group work , action learning, simulated learning, independent learning, interactive forums
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essay based assignments
continuous assessment of practice (CAP)

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essay based assignments
continuous assessment of practice (CAP)

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essay based assignments
continuous assessment of practice (CAP)

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essay based assignments
e-portfolio
continuous assessment of practice (CAP)

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continuous assessment of practice (CAP)

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Project report
Presentation
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E-portfolio

8)
OSCE
Examination

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Essay based assignments
OSCE
E-portfolio