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Course overview

The one-year full-time BSc (Hons) Professional Nursing Practice has been developed specifically for international students currently working, or seeking to work, in health care. It enables you to develop a career in healthcare through enhancing the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes required to lead and manage professional nursing practice.

A distinctive focus of the course is development of a global mindset through exploration of current international, national and local healthcare priorities; opportunities for international experiences within the curriculum; and promotion of cross-cultural understanding. This creates the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for professional nursing practice and the ability for nurse leaders and managers to deal with the wider and often complex issues that spring from a world that is increasingly interconnected globally. You are encouraged to demonstrate a willingness to explore the opportunities that exist once diversity of ideas and perspectives (locally, nationally and internationally) are embraced.

Notable features of this course are:

  • you share part of their learning with other healthcare students and professionals engaged in the BSc pre-registration courses within the School and benefit from the opportunity to work with new people from diverse backgrounds and circumstances
  • international research staff in the School will present and discuss their contemporary research with you, enhancing and adding value to your learning experience
  • course staff qualified up to PhD level; staff currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council; and staff with expertise in social policy, public health and leadership deliver your programme
  • pastoral care and support is offered through bi-monthly meetings with the course tutor and online community of peers to share current learning experiences and any issues which may require further signposting or support. This enables you to develop a sense of belonging as part of a focused and wider university learning community.

The course content and structure enable you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of professional nursing practice for healthcare contexts informed by current international, national and local practice, knowledge and research. This will include developing a critical awareness of how to access and utilise evidence-based practice; identify contemporary issues within health care, knowledge of professional responsibility, integrity and ethics; decision making; working with others and with service users and carers; and change management and the ability to reflect on their own progress as a learner and potential leader.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Contemporary Issues in Nursing

This module will offer analysis and evaluation of the issues, complexities, and opportunities associated with contemporary nursing practice. There will be an emphasis on the nurse as a key member of the multidisciplinary team as you consider, debate and apply the theory relating to high quality patient care within a constantly changing healthcare setting. Issues such as risk, patient safety, and decision making with be explored. Theory from international, national, and local literature will be utilised to support you to appreciate a diversity of approaches for healthcare delivery.  

Developing Personal Effectiveness and Working With Others

You analyse and evaluate the issues, complexities and opportunities associated with developing personal effectiveness and working with the multidisciplinary team and service users and carers.  There will be an emphasis on the nurse as a key member of the multidisciplinary team as you consider, debate and apply the theory relating to utilising your own effectiveness and leadership skills to enhance high quality patient care within a constantly changing healthcare setting.

Evaluating Health Research

You develop an understanding of the concept of evidence-based practice as a framework in which to explore different research methodologies. You gain an outline of the major features of the research process used within health and social care. You develop an understanding of different research methodologies and gain appropriate evaluative tools to assess the quality of research. You also develop skills in areas that will help you prepare for your final year independent project. In addition you develop key skills in critical thinking, academic writing, presentation skills, and information retrieval.

Independent Project to Enhance Professional Nursing Care

On this final module you will be able to draw on learning from the course to undertake an independent project.  The theme of improving nursing practice will be the basis to the project and you will be supported by an academic supervisor throughout the module. An introductory keynote lecture will be available at the beginning of the module familiarises you with the module requirements. A further lecture provides ongoing support and review of the assessment strategy to respond to any queries you may have. Your learning experience will be supported with material and suggested self-directed activities on the virtual learning environment. Academic supervision will be allocated to you for guidance throughout the learning process. 

International Public Health Agenda

You investigates in depth the concepts of health and need and the wider factors that influence health and wellbeing and health inequalities within defined populations. Key concepts used in epidemiology that enable public health practitioners and policy makers to identify trends in health and illness are also introduced and you are facilitated to interpret data and evidence that explains these trends. Key international agencies and their role in improving health and shaping public health policy will be explored, along with comparison of approaches used to promote health within different countries. Careful consideration will be made of cultural influences and differences and how strategies can be applied to different populations, taking into account these influences following professional and ethical principles.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used throughout all modules on the course.
The induction will introduce academic skills that enable you to look critically at literature and evaluate its application to their healthcare practice. Introduction to evidence-based practice, research skills such a developing research questions, structured literature-searching and critical appraisal will be provided. Recorded presentations support the induction sessions.

Within the induction, you are introduced to the virtual learning environment (VLE) site to enable you to be familiar and confident when using technology-enhanced learning throughout the course.

Group work and exercises enable you to get to know your peers and to assist with group formation. The development of your confidence, and willingness to embrace diversity and ability to work with different international, national and local perspectives will continue as a core theme throughout the course.

The development of research skills is integrated into the modules and your ability to be research ready continues throughout the course.

You have the opportunity to reflect on personal skills through the use of personal effectiveness tools. This enhances your knowledge as you assimilate your new learning with understanding of the opportunity to develop as leaders in health care.

Service users and carers are integral to the course as they discuss and promote the voice of this group for current healthcare practice and future improvements. They will also be involved in assessment work. As international students you will be introduced to the support of the language laboratory.

The course content and structure enable you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of professional nursing practice for healthcare contexts informed by current international, national and local practice, knowledge and research. This will include developing a critical awareness of how to access and utilise evidence-based practice; identify contemporary issues within health care, knowledge of professional responsibility, integrity and ethics; decision making; working with others and with service users and carers; and change management and the ability to reflect on their own progress as a learner and potential leader.

How you are assessed

A variety of assessments are used to measure your progress and achievement of module outcomes and practice competencies. Examples include written assignments, reflection, case studies critiques, examinations, poster presentations and projects.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have a diploma (level 5) or equivalent in nursing from your own country. You must also have a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

This course will enable development into nursing leadership and management positions such as:

• senior nurse
• ward manager
• team leader

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

International applicants - find out what qualifications you need by selecting your country below.

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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Part-time

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