This multi-professional course is designed for qualified children’s nurses wishing to advance their knowledge of the management of children with complex needs, life-limiting conditions and specialist care requirements.
It will provide students with the knowledge and skills to support families for whom the focus is providing care closer to home, enabling children to live at home and attend school with minimal hospital attendance.
You will develop knowledge and skills in decision making, law, ethics and multi-disciplinary teamwork, learning how to work with a wide range of services, both statutory and voluntary, for the benefit of the child and to further the agenda of integrated service provision.
Plus, you will have your professional competencies, as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), assessed in theory and practice, and experience 40 days of practical clinical placements.
What you will study
During the first year of study, you will undertake three core modules.
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
This module prepares you to work safely, effectively and efficiently in a community setting, with patients, clients, families, colleagues and members of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.
- Decision Making
This module enables you to critically explore decision making processes as they relate to practice.
- Specialist Practitioner (children’s community nursing)
This module prepares you to develop specialist knowledge and specialist clinical expertise, within the complex and changing context of caring for, and working with, children, young people, and their families in community settings.
During the second year of study, you will undertake two or three modules.
- Practice Project
The practice project involves analysing evidence based practice and producing a literature review
Students can choose to study Practice Project (20 credits) whereby you will develop your analytical approach to the application of theoretical knowledge relevant to your clinical practice within a review or Practice Project (40 credits) whereby you will develop your analytical approach to the application of theoretical knowledge relevant to your clinical practice within a review with detailed recommendations for dissemination of findings.
Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.
- Transitions and Continuations of Care
This module ensures you develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and capabilities to assess, plan and review the continuing care and transitional processes for children and/or young people.
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
This module you to utilise and make judgements about the legal and ethical frameworks relating to patient and clients in society, to analyse your accountability, and to prepare you to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers
- Paediatric symptom management within palliative care
This module enables you to explore issues in depth arising from contemporary paediatric palliative care especially in relation to symptom management.
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