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Our Registered Nurse (Adult) Degree Apprenticeship is designed for those wishing to enhance their prospects through a work-based learning programme.

This 18-month full time route sees apprentices join our Nursing Science (Adult) BSc programme partway through year two to complete the remaining year two and three modules.

Through a concept-based curriculum where learning will reflect real-life experiences, apprentices will be introduced to the key concepts of nursing, which are supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) ‘Future Nurse’ standards. The programme will prepare students to become a Registered Nurse who is capable to prioritise people, practice effectively and promote professionalism.

Studying within the requirements of the new NMC standards means that you will have the ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to complex healthcare issues and the health and wellbeing of adult patients.

During the apprenticeship, students will develop comprehensive nursing abilities to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised holistic, evidence-based nursing care.  The learning journey will be underpinned by developing skills and understanding the importance of evidence-based practice to enable students to understand the application of research to practice.

This programme will equip students to be curious, creative and collaborative in care. It will allow them compassion to thrive within an evidence-based approach and it will enable them to make a genuine impact on the health and wellbeing of babies, children, young people and their families.

Our Registered Nurse (Adult) Degree Apprenticeship is designed for those wishing to enhance their prospects through a work-based learning programme.

This 18-month full time route sees apprentices join our Nursing Science (Adult) BSc programme partway through year two to complete the remaining year two and three modules.

Through a concept-based curriculum where learning will reflect real-life experiences, apprentices will be introduced to the key concepts of nursing, which are supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) ‘Future Nurse’ standards. The programme will prepare students to become a Registered Nurse who is capable to prioritise people, practice effectively and promote professionalism.

Studying within the requirements of the new NMC standards means that you will have the ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to complex healthcare issues and the health and wellbeing of adult patients.

During the apprenticeship, students will develop comprehensive nursing abilities to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individualised holistic, evidence-based nursing care.  The learning journey will be underpinned by developing skills and understanding the importance of evidence-based practice to enable students to understand the application of research to practice.

This programme will equip students to be curious, creative and collaborative in care. It will allow them compassion to thrive within an evidence-based approach and it will enable them to make a genuine impact on the health and wellbeing of babies, children, young people and their families.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
18 months full-time

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
April 2021 or April 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

Throughout the programme, students will experience a range of creative and challenging learning opportunities in different environments. This enables students to grow, personally and professionally, within safe and supportive spaces.

Our concept-based approach allows apprentices to build the complexity of their understanding gradually throughout their studies. Students will be introduced to the key concepts of nursing, which have been structured around the seven platforms of the NMC (2018) standards. It will encourage questions and critical thinking, establishing a healthy learning habit that will last throughout their career. Topics covered over the 18 months programme will include:

  • Clinical skills for complex care
  • Developing shared decision making in Adult Nursing
  • Leadership, quality and teamwork
  • Leading and improving safety and care quality
  • Advancing nursing skills

Assessments will be balanced between theory and practice, with a mixture of essays, exams, OSCE and presentations evenly spaced through the year. Following the degree, apprentices will complete an endpoint assessment. The endpoint assessment provides the opportunity for students to showcase evidence of the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the apprenticeship. The endpoint assessment comprises a reflective essay and a professional discussion and is to be completed within 3 months of graduation.  

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

The programme is delivered by a specialist team of nursing academics and clinicians who will support students at every stage.

Our professional team have a wealth of experience, who are registrants with the NMC and are actively engaged with research. They share a passion for nursing and health care, which is naturally passed to students.      

Throughout the degree, students will have access to ongoing support through a Programme Leader, dedicated Personal Tutor and our Practice Learning Team (PLT).

As an apprentice, students will reap the benefits of workplace learning and to add to this they will have access to our Clinical Skills Centre, based at Coach Lane campus that includes some of the most advanced healthcare facilities in the country. Facilities that ensures learning will progress in parallel with the latest developments in the healthcare industry. Its virtual reality equipment, High Fidelity Simulated Mannequins (SimMan, SimJunior and SimBaby), and immersive technologies will allow students to practise skills and develop confidence in clinical ability within a safe environment.

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

Whilst on campus, students will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including social spaces, IT facilities and lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. 

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In partnership with Northumbria University, the employer will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship.  The apprentice will work 22.5 hours per week in clinical practice, 7.5 hours studying theory and 7.5 hours within directed learning. They will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

The programme will run for 18 months and delivery will include a minimum of 20% time away from the workplace developing theory to relate to practice. Apprentices will be allocated blocks of placements, which will include allocated study time, either experiencing face-to-face teaching or undertaking self-directed study working on online learning materials.

In the workplace, apprentices will be supported by a mentor and colleagues.  Both apprentice and their line manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and performance.

To complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities.  

 

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

For applications to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) route please apply direct to the placement provider and a joint process between the university and the placement provider will be used to shortlist the candidates to be interviewed.

Applicants should use the personal statement/supporting information on their application to illustrate their abilities, aptitudes, skills, qualifications and experiences, which might be taken into account as well as or instead of any of the formal qualifications listed below. 

Entry Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected, including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C, or University recognised equivalent. 

If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

  • Foundation Degree in a health-related subject (Assistant Practitioners preferred), and
  • Evidence of 500 hours of practice experience of healthcare work relevant to adult nursing, along with a successful RPL application for 120 credits (level 4) and 60 credits (level 5)

Additional Requirements:

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

 

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

For applications to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) route please apply direct to the placement provider and a joint process between the university and the placement provider will be used to shortlist the candidates to be interviewed.

Applicants should use the personal statement/supporting information on their application to illustrate their abilities, aptitudes, skills, qualifications and experiences, which might be taken into account as well as or instead of any of the formal qualifications listed below. 

Entry Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected, including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C, or University recognised equivalent. 

If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

  • Foundation Degree in a health-related subject (Assistant Practitioners preferred), and
  • Evidence of 500 hours of practice experience of healthcare work relevant to adult nursing, along with a successful RPL application for 120 credits (level 4) and 60 credits (level 5)

Additional Requirements:

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

 

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AA0408 -

Introduction to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Ill Health: Adult Nursing (20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the term Evidence Based Practice and learn how it underpins professional registered nursing care. You will spend time exploring the various types of evidence that nurses are required to i) find and ii) appraise and iii) use when they deliver care. You will learn to appreciate that the terms “health” and “ill health” are multi-faceted and need to be understood from a professional perspective as well as that of people of all ages, families and communities. This will help illustrate the range of clinical settings nurses work in.
You will discuss the role of the Adult Nurse in relation to optimising health at national, regional and local level. You will spend time identifying the rationale for anatomical, physiological and psycho-social assessments and the related support required by patients as part of a wider and more systematic approach to nursing care delivery. This will include links to pharmacological and non- pharmacological interventions.

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AA0409 -

Applied Life and Social Sciences: Planning and Evaluating Care (20 Credits)

Nurses require an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physical and mental health problems across the age spectrum and all fields of nursing. These are considered an essential basis for safe and effective practice. This module will enable you to apply biosciences to understand the determinants of health- social, psychological, behavioural, environmental and genomic factors and how they impact on health at a physical and psychological level. You will develop an understanding of the functioning of the body at different levels (cell, tissue, organ, system) and how this knowledge will assist you in delivering safe, holistic, compassionate nursing care.
You will enhance your understanding of the structure and function of the human body by exploring the complex relationship between health, anatomy, physiology and disease. This will be achieved through an exploration of diseases and conditions that arise from a malfunction of the systems of the body which will include an element of biochemistry and genomics. Pharmacology will be examined in relation to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. You will analyse and apply this information to help you examine the role of the nurse in anticipating the needs of patients, making care decisions and supporting an individual with illness.

During this module you will explore the following concepts:

• body systems, altered pathology and their relationship to disease and illness.
• assessment and anticipating changing health needs.
• understanding the fundamentals of safe and quality care provision.

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NS0426 -

Practice Module 1: Becoming a Safe, Caring Professional (40 Credits)

This practice module will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to your current practice placement experiences. The practice module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, lead and manage nursing care, and work in teams.

During the first year, you will learn the fundamental skills that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice.

During the majority of your first year clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to reflect on your experiences. You will learn together with your peers and examine theoretical concepts such as professionalism, interprofessional learning, medicines management and safeguarding that will enhance your practice. Seminars and workshops will focus on a range of subjects that will enhance your professional nursing practice.

You will learn how to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and how to reflect on your personal and professional development. You will learn about the importance of patient centred and recovery focussed approaches and will be asked to reflect on feedback given by Experts By Experience (EBE). These skills are the start of your development as an evidence-based practitioner.

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NS0427 -

Nursing Skills 1: Introduction to Nursing Assessment Skills (20 Credits)

The content of Nursing Skills 1 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurse’ (NMC 2018).

The module will introduce the concept of safe nursing practice and the proficiencies nurses need when undertaking the physical assessment of people of all ages. You will learn how to observe and assess people of all ages in terms of symptoms and signs of physical ill health. You will learn how to take, record and interpret a patient’s vital sign and use communication tools to support verbal and written reports. An introduction to basic medicine calculation and management will also be part of your learning. These skills and proficiencies will be supported by opportunities to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology and taught by experts. These nursing skills are directly relevant to your practice learning and include nursing procedures that are necessary for safe and effective patient care. Before your first placement you will complete a number of mandatory requirements, which will enable you to practice with confidence and ensure patient safety. The learning opportunities in this module are designed to support you to develop knowledge, which will inform the attainment of communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

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NS0428 -

Nursing Skills 2: Development of Communication Skills and Nursing Interventions (20 Credits)

Nursing Skills 2 will build on the concept of communication and safe and effective practice which you have been introduced to in the previous skills module. You will further develop your communication and clinical skills relevant to your practice placement experiences. You will continue to learn a range of skills, such as recognition of the deteriorating patient, that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology, including human patient simulators, and taught by a specialist module team of lecturers in nursing, midwifery and health.

You will consider and develop your nursing skills, acting with integrity, applying the principles of The Code (NMC, 2018). You will demonstrate your ability to practise in a holistic, individualised, person centred, non-judgemental, caring and sensitive manner, acknowledging the diverse needs of a contemporary society. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in nursing practice. You will learn about the importance of person centred care and effective communication skills. These learning opportunities will continue to help you gather evidence of your abilities and confidence and will inform your attainment of communication and safe and effective practice as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

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AA0513 -

Principles of Innovative Person Centred Nursing Practice in Adult Nursing (20 Credits)

On this module you will be analysing what you have learned in practice placement and other modules. You will investigate contemporary nursing practice and recent innovations in health and social care. Your studies will include an overview of the effect of social networking and broadcast media on health literacy and the Adult Nurse’s role in information management. You will analyse the contribution made by technology and innovation to screening, diagnosis and treatment and the impact these processes have on patients of all ages, families and communities. You will compare varying styles of care management. In doing this you will come to recognise the enhanced functions of the Registered Nurse (Adult) in teaching, leadership, health economics and start to formulate your own sense of political awareness. You will link key concepts that underpin a systematic approach to nursing care and person-centeredness. You will examine context specific bio –psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of person-centred care, including end of life care. You will distinguish between traditional and contemporary approaches to research design, inquiry and evaluation. This will include analysis of the level of involvement of people of all ages, families and communities within these designs.

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AA0514 -

Perspectives of Complex Care in Adult Nursing (20 Credits)

Within this year 2 semester 2 module you will explore the nursing knowledge required to support and underpin the care of the acutely and chronically ill patient who are managed in a variety of care settings. You will expand your knowledge regarding the role of the nurse in providing safe and effective care to the patient with complex needs. You will learn to do this by analysing a range of nursing tools and frameworks and investigating the wider evidence base underpinning nursing interventions. In addition, you will examine the illness trajectory from acute presentation and diagnosis of a condition to living with a chronic illness and preparing for end of life across all age ranges. The module will support you to understand the relevance and importance of decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking to meet diverse patient needs.
On this module you will explore the following topic areas:

• Biological basis of illness and applied pharmacology to help you problem solve and anticipate the needs of the patient including managing the deteriorating patient and living with complex needs.
• Evidence based practice that will help you to understand and apply contemporary nursing interventions for this patient group.
• Management and governance issues related to providing safe, effective and ethically sound care in the acute and chronic periods of illness or accident recovery.
• Theoretical underpinnings of nursing care and patient management across a variety of settings.

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NS0527 -

Practice Module 2: Developing Shared Decision Making (40 Credits)

This practice module will provide you with an opportunity to build upon and extend your portfolio of skills and knowledge relevant to your clinical practice. This module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, lead and manage nursing care, and work in teams.

During your module you will explore clinical decision making in practice through collaboration and partnership working. In your clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to share your experiences with your peers and module tutors to help develop effective decision making. You will be provided with opportunities to critically reflect on your own role and professional responsibilities in making shared decisions for your continued development as a safe and effective student nurse. By using a developing concept curriculum approach, you will be able to practise safely and have an awareness of your own limitations, demonstrating increasing autonomy and independence when performing a range of practical skills. You will apply your developing knowledge of pharmacology, social and life sciences to nursing practice.

You will continue to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and reflect on your personal and professional development as an evidence-based practitioner. You will reflect on the importance of patient and family centred approaches in addition to the effectiveness of patients and client feedback. Some of your learning will be online via online learning resources stored on BackBoard Ultra as we help you to facilitate, and organise your independent learning.

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NS0528 -

Nursing Skills 3: Developing Evidence-Based Skills for Best Practice (20 Credits)

This module will build on the concepts from year one and introduce more complex skills linked to the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B ‘Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurse’ (NMC, 2018). This will support your practice learning and help you further develop the knowledge and skills you have gained from your year one clinical placements. The module will help you develop greater confidence and autonomy, allowing you to contribute effectively to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. This skills module will support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively While in university you will also be updating, consolidating and learning new communication and relationship management skills, nursing procedures and elements of patient safety to ensure safe and effective practice.

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NS0529 -

Nursing Skills 4: Enhancing Clinical Skills for Complex Care (20 Credits)

The content of Nursing Skills 4 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurse’ (NMC, 2018).

This module will build upon your knowledge of medicine administration whilst being exposed to the challenges of complex care needs. You will learn about nursing interventions associated with people of all ages with complex care needs exploring the principles, approaches and concepts of safe nursing practice and the delivery of holistic care. You will build your knowledge of safe ethical medicines management with an emphasis on the clinical application of these skills and understanding. There will be a particular focus on the challenges of medicines optimisation in people with complex care needs, which requires understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Alongside this you will learn to develop professional accountability to ensure safe administration of medicines including competency in drug calculation. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in nursing practice.

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AA0614 -

Transition to an Accountable Practitioner in Adult Nursing (40 Credits)

You will be learning more about nursing and the legislative and policy drivers that shape care delivery; locally, nationally and globally. The module examines the tools used to ensure evidence-based practice is delivered, taught, managed, evaluated and adapted so as to fit the needs of people of all ages, families and communities. You will learn how to synthesise information and consolidate your knowledge, skills and abilities so that you can move into a more advanced stage of your professional development. You will learn about the accountability and responsibility of managing a team. You will design a practice-based project so you can learn about the necessity for scholarship. This will be captured in a project proposal focussing on a particular clinical topic; one embedded in the real world of nursing practice and service user/carer experience. Completing a project proposal will provide insight and experience of various stages of inquiry, project management, problem solving and decision-making and the need for emotional intelligence. The module will continue to support your engagement in a holistic and systematic approach to nursing care; with critical analysis of systems, models and cross boundary working used in health and social care. During this module, you will learn about the process of transitioning from student to an accountable practitioner; this will encompass your roles as a leader, practice developer, creative and independent thinker, and someone who can challenge peers and colleagues appropriately. The module will facilitate some key components of your employability.

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NS0624 -

Practice Module (3) Leadership, Quality and Team Work (40 Credits)

In this third year module which is based in practice, all of your learning will be online via BlackBoard Ultra, except for a single face to face seminar to explain expectations as we help you to facilitate greater independent learning as you transition to become a registered nurse. This module will provide you with the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge directly relevant to your third year practice placement experiences and prepare you for working life as a registered nurse. It will specifically focus on leadership, quality and team work.

By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to become an accountable professional, working in teams to lead and manage quality nursing care. Within the context of your practice placements you will critically reflect and debate contemporary theories and explore service improvement models, which support sustainable service improvement. Applying your knowledge of team and Interprofessional working you will learn how to coordinate safe and effective high quality care. This will include a collaborative approach embedding the views of service users, lay carers and colleagues in the delivery and enhancement of care. You will be provided opportunities to critically reflect on your own personal and professional responsibility for your continued development as a manager and future leader of service improvement. You will learn how to manage uncertainty and put into practice the strategies that develop resilience in yourself and others.

Through dynamic learning opportunities in practice you will gather evidence to aid completion of your North East Electronic Practice Assessment Document (NEEPAD). Through critical reflection and self-assessment you will complete your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) demonstrating your capability and readiness for independent practice. This demonstrates to a future employer that you are fit to practise as a registered nurse caring for people of all ages and across all care settings.

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NS0625 -

Nursing Skills 5: Leading and Improving Safety and Care Quality (20 Credits)

Nursing Skills 5, will build on the concepts from years 1 and 2 and further enhance your skills. The module focuses on aspects of leadership to build your competence in the delivery of safe and effective person centred care. You will update and explore in greater depth skills you acquired in previous years, including mandatory skills and a range of more advanced techniques and procedures whilst preparing you for your role as a newly qualified nurse. In addition, you will build on your knowledge and experience of safe nursing practice, promotion of health and medicines management in relation to caring for people with acute, complex and advanced conditions. You will develop advanced communication and nursing procedure skills as appropriate to your field of nursing.

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NS0626 -

Nursing Skills 6: Advancing Nursing Skills (20 Credits)

This module will consolidate the concepts and nursing interventions from the previous skills modules and be delivered following Nursing Skills 5. Building on your existing knowledge and skills you will enhance your development and become an agile skilled practitioner in your relevant field of nursing. You will be learning to apply high level communication skills, previous knowledge and experience as well as your advanced knowledge of nursing procedures to prepare you for autonomous practice. History taking skills will be developed and used as a framework for enhanced assessment and care of people of all ages. A range of dynamic learning opportunities both in the simuated and real-life practice setting will help to to generate evidence, which will aid you in the completion of your Ongoing Record of Achievement, demonstrating that you are capable of a high standard of competent, safe and independent nursing practice.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AA0408 -

Introduction to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Ill Health: Adult Nursing (20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the term Evidence Based Practice and learn how it underpins professional registered nursing care. You will spend time exploring the various types of evidence that nurses are required to i) find and ii) appraise and iii) use when they deliver care. You will learn to appreciate that the terms “health” and “ill health” are multi-faceted and need to be understood from a professional perspective as well as that of people of all ages, families and communities. This will help illustrate the range of clinical settings nurses work in.
You will discuss the role of the Adult Nurse in relation to optimising health at national, regional and local level. You will spend time identifying the rationale for anatomical, physiological and psycho-social assessments and the related support required by patients as part of a wider and more systematic approach to nursing care delivery. This will include links to pharmacological and non- pharmacological interventions.

More information

AA0409 -

Applied Life and Social Sciences: Planning and Evaluating Care (20 Credits)

Nurses require an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physical and mental health problems across the age spectrum and all fields of nursing. These are considered an essential basis for safe and effective practice. This module will enable you to apply biosciences to understand the determinants of health- social, psychological, behavioural, environmental and genomic factors and how they impact on health at a physical and psychological level. You will develop an understanding of the functioning of the body at different levels (cell, tissue, organ, system) and how this knowledge will assist you in delivering safe, holistic, compassionate nursing care.
You will enhance your understanding of the structure and function of the human body by exploring the complex relationship between health, anatomy, physiology and disease. This will be achieved through an exploration of diseases and conditions that arise from a malfunction of the systems of the body which will include an element of biochemistry and genomics. Pharmacology will be examined in relation to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. You will analyse and apply this information to help you examine the role of the nurse in anticipating the needs of patients, making care decisions and supporting an individual with illness.

During this module you will explore the following concepts:

• body systems, altered pathology and their relationship to disease and illness.
• assessment and anticipating changing health needs.
• understanding the fundamentals of safe and quality care provision.

More information

NS0426 -

Practice Module 1: Becoming a Safe, Caring Professional (40 Credits)

This practice module will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to your current practice placement experiences. The practice module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, lead and manage nursing care, and work in teams.

During the first year, you will learn the fundamental skills that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice.

During the majority of your first year clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to reflect on your experiences. You will learn together with your peers and examine theoretical concepts such as professionalism, interprofessional learning, medicines management and safeguarding that will enhance your practice. Seminars and workshops will focus on a range of subjects that will enhance your professional nursing practice.

You will learn how to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and how to reflect on your personal and professional development. You will learn about the importance of patient centred and recovery focussed approaches and will be asked to reflect on feedback given by Experts By Experience (EBE). These skills are the start of your development as an evidence-based practitioner.

More information

NS0427 -

Nursing Skills 1: Introduction to Nursing Assessment Skills (20 Credits)

The content of Nursing Skills 1 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurse’ (NMC 2018).

The module will introduce the concept of safe nursing practice and the proficiencies nurses need when undertaking the physical assessment of people of all ages. You will learn how to observe and assess people of all ages in terms of symptoms and signs of physical ill health. You will learn how to take, record and interpret a patient’s vital sign and use communication tools to support verbal and written reports. An introduction to basic medicine calculation and management will also be part of your learning. These skills and proficiencies will be supported by opportunities to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology and taught by experts. These nursing skills are directly relevant to your practice learning and include nursing procedures that are necessary for safe and effective patient care. Before your first placement you will complete a number of mandatory requirements, which will enable you to practice with confidence and ensure patient safety. The learning opportunities in this module are designed to support you to develop knowledge, which will inform the attainment of communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

More information

NS0428 -

Nursing Skills 2: Development of Communication Skills and Nursing Interventions (20 Credits)

Nursing Skills 2 will build on the concept of communication and safe and effective practice which you have been introduced to in the previous skills module. You will further develop your communication and clinical skills relevant to your practice placement experiences. You will continue to learn a range of skills, such as recognition of the deteriorating patient, that are necessary for safe, effective and professional practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology, including human patient simulators, and taught by a specialist module team of lecturers in nursing, midwifery and health.

You will consider and develop your nursing skills, acting with integrity, applying the principles of The Code (NMC, 2018). You will demonstrate your ability to practise in a holistic, individualised, person centred, non-judgemental, caring and sensitive manner, acknowledging the diverse needs of a contemporary society. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in nursing practice. You will learn about the importance of person centred care and effective communication skills. These learning opportunities will continue to help you gather evidence of your abilities and confidence and will inform your attainment of communication and safe and effective practice as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

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Principles of Innovative Person Centred Nursing Practice in Adult Nursing (20 Credits)

On this module you will be analysing what you have learned in practice placement and other modules. You will investigate contemporary nursing practice and recent innovations in health and social care. Your studies will include an overview of the effect of social networking and broadcast media on health literacy and the Adult Nurse’s role in information management. You will analyse the contribution made by technology and innovation to screening, diagnosis and treatment and the impact these processes have on patients of all ages, families and communities. You will compare varying styles of care management. In doing this you will come to recognise the enhanced functions of the Registered Nurse (Adult) in teaching, leadership, health economics and start to formulate your own sense of political awareness. You will link key concepts that underpin a systematic approach to nursing care and person-centeredness. You will examine context specific bio –psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of person-centred care, including end of life care. You will distinguish between traditional and contemporary approaches to research design, inquiry and evaluation. This will include analysis of the level of involvement of people of all ages, families and communities within these designs.

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Perspectives of Complex Care in Adult Nursing (20 Credits)

Within this year 2 semester 2 module you will explore the nursing knowledge required to support and underpin the care of the acutely and chronically ill patient who are managed in a variety of care settings. You will expand your knowledge regarding the role of the nurse in providing safe and effective care to the patient with complex needs. You will learn to do this by analysing a range of nursing tools and frameworks and investigating the wider evidence base underpinning nursing interventions. In addition, you will examine the illness trajectory from acute presentation and diagnosis of a condition to living with a chronic illness and preparing for end of life across all age ranges. The module will support you to understand the relevance and importance of decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking to meet diverse patient needs.
On this module you will explore the following topic areas:

• Biological basis of illness and applied pharmacology to help you problem solve and anticipate the needs of the patient including managing the deteriorating patient and living with complex needs.
• Evidence based practice that will help you to understand and apply contemporary nursing interventions for this patient group.
• Management and governance issues related to providing safe, effective and ethically sound care in the acute and chronic periods of illness or accident recovery.
• Theoretical underpinnings of nursing care and patient management across a variety of settings.

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Practice Module 2: Developing Shared Decision Making (40 Credits)

This practice module will provide you with an opportunity to build upon and extend your portfolio of skills and knowledge relevant to your clinical practice. This module will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively. By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to learn how to become an accountable professional, lead and manage nursing care, and work in teams.

During your module you will explore clinical decision making in practice through collaboration and partnership working. In your clinical placements you will return to university for two days a week to share your experiences with your peers and module tutors to help develop effective decision making. You will be provided with opportunities to critically reflect on your own role and professional responsibilities in making shared decisions for your continued development as a safe and effective student nurse. By using a developing concept curriculum approach, you will be able to practise safely and have an awareness of your own limitations, demonstrating increasing autonomy and independence when performing a range of practical skills. You will apply your developing knowledge of pharmacology, social and life sciences to nursing practice.

You will continue to develop your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) and reflect on your personal and professional development as an evidence-based practitioner. You will reflect on the importance of patient and family centred approaches in addition to the effectiveness of patients and client feedback. Some of your learning will be online via online learning resources stored on BackBoard Ultra as we help you to facilitate, and organise your independent learning.

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Nursing Skills 3: Developing Evidence-Based Skills for Best Practice (20 Credits)

This module will build on the concepts from year one and introduce more complex skills linked to the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B ‘Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurse’ (NMC, 2018). This will support your practice learning and help you further develop the knowledge and skills you have gained from your year one clinical placements. The module will help you develop greater confidence and autonomy, allowing you to contribute effectively to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. This skills module will support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively While in university you will also be updating, consolidating and learning new communication and relationship management skills, nursing procedures and elements of patient safety to ensure safe and effective practice.

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Nursing Skills 4: Enhancing Clinical Skills for Complex Care (20 Credits)

The content of Nursing Skills 4 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurse’ (NMC, 2018).

This module will build upon your knowledge of medicine administration whilst being exposed to the challenges of complex care needs. You will learn about nursing interventions associated with people of all ages with complex care needs exploring the principles, approaches and concepts of safe nursing practice and the delivery of holistic care. You will build your knowledge of safe ethical medicines management with an emphasis on the clinical application of these skills and understanding. There will be a particular focus on the challenges of medicines optimisation in people with complex care needs, which requires understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Alongside this you will learn to develop professional accountability to ensure safe administration of medicines including competency in drug calculation. You will continue to develop your understanding of team working and its importance in nursing practice.

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Transition to an Accountable Practitioner in Adult Nursing (40 Credits)

You will be learning more about nursing and the legislative and policy drivers that shape care delivery; locally, nationally and globally. The module examines the tools used to ensure evidence-based practice is delivered, taught, managed, evaluated and adapted so as to fit the needs of people of all ages, families and communities. You will learn how to synthesise information and consolidate your knowledge, skills and abilities so that you can move into a more advanced stage of your professional development. You will learn about the accountability and responsibility of managing a team. You will design a practice-based project so you can learn about the necessity for scholarship. This will be captured in a project proposal focussing on a particular clinical topic; one embedded in the real world of nursing practice and service user/carer experience. Completing a project proposal will provide insight and experience of various stages of inquiry, project management, problem solving and decision-making and the need for emotional intelligence. The module will continue to support your engagement in a holistic and systematic approach to nursing care; with critical analysis of systems, models and cross boundary working used in health and social care. During this module, you will learn about the process of transitioning from student to an accountable practitioner; this will encompass your roles as a leader, practice developer, creative and independent thinker, and someone who can challenge peers and colleagues appropriately. The module will facilitate some key components of your employability.

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Practice Module (3) Leadership, Quality and Team Work (40 Credits)

In this third year module which is based in practice, all of your learning will be online via BlackBoard Ultra, except for a single face to face seminar to explain expectations as we help you to facilitate greater independent learning as you transition to become a registered nurse. This module will provide you with the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge directly relevant to your third year practice placement experiences and prepare you for working life as a registered nurse. It will specifically focus on leadership, quality and team work.

By using a concept curriculum approach, the nursing practice module will support you to become an accountable professional, working in teams to lead and manage quality nursing care. Within the context of your practice placements you will critically reflect and debate contemporary theories and explore service improvement models, which support sustainable service improvement. Applying your knowledge of team and Interprofessional working you will learn how to coordinate safe and effective high quality care. This will include a collaborative approach embedding the views of service users, lay carers and colleagues in the delivery and enhancement of care. You will be provided opportunities to critically reflect on your own personal and professional responsibility for your continued development as a manager and future leader of service improvement. You will learn how to manage uncertainty and put into practice the strategies that develop resilience in yourself and others.

Through dynamic learning opportunities in practice you will gather evidence to aid completion of your North East Electronic Practice Assessment Document (NEEPAD). Through critical reflection and self-assessment you will complete your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA) demonstrating your capability and readiness for independent practice. This demonstrates to a future employer that you are fit to practise as a registered nurse caring for people of all ages and across all care settings.

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Nursing Skills 5: Leading and Improving Safety and Care Quality (20 Credits)

Nursing Skills 5, will build on the concepts from years 1 and 2 and further enhance your skills. The module focuses on aspects of leadership to build your competence in the delivery of safe and effective person centred care. You will update and explore in greater depth skills you acquired in previous years, including mandatory skills and a range of more advanced techniques and procedures whilst preparing you for your role as a newly qualified nurse. In addition, you will build on your knowledge and experience of safe nursing practice, promotion of health and medicines management in relation to caring for people with acute, complex and advanced conditions. You will develop advanced communication and nursing procedure skills as appropriate to your field of nursing.

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Nursing Skills 6: Advancing Nursing Skills (20 Credits)

This module will consolidate the concepts and nursing interventions from the previous skills modules and be delivered following Nursing Skills 5. Building on your existing knowledge and skills you will enhance your development and become an agile skilled practitioner in your relevant field of nursing. You will be learning to apply high level communication skills, previous knowledge and experience as well as your advanced knowledge of nursing procedures to prepare you for autonomous practice. History taking skills will be developed and used as a framework for enhanced assessment and care of people of all ages. A range of dynamic learning opportunities both in the simuated and real-life practice setting will help to to generate evidence, which will aid you in the completion of your Ongoing Record of Achievement, demonstrating that you are capable of a high standard of competent, safe and independent nursing practice.

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