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Buckinghamshire New University: Specialist Practitioner Qualification (Community Children’s Nursing) (PG Diploma entry)

Institution Buckinghamshire New University
Department School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health
Web http://www.bucks.ac.uk
Email advice@bucks.ac.uk
Telephone 0330 123 2023
Study type Taught

Summary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Develop a critical understanding of the application of research and enquiry to identify, interpret and react to the complexity of the health needs of children, young people, adults and their families

A wide range of advanced skills are needed to work in this environment and this programme will prepare learners for this complex and dynamic area of nursing practice.

This course covers all the areas needed to meet the NMC professional requirements for community children’s 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 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.

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