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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing MSc and PGDip

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  • Objectives
    This course enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners who are able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment. The following specialisms are available: * Health Visiting Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level. * Occupational Health Nursing Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace. * School Nursing Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families. PLEASE NOTE: Open Days are not applicable for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing applicants who will be invited to attend for interview.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements These include first level nursing registration; normally a relevant degree and 2 years' post registration nursing experience.
  • Academic Title
    Specialist Community Public Health Nursing MSc and PGDip
  • Course description
    Course Summary

    This postgraduate diploma enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment. You will spend half of the course on work placement in a specialist practice of your choice. You will also undertake a combination of core and professionally-specific modules, the latter of which you undertake during the practice-based component of the course.

    Course Details

    The Postgraduate Diploma comprises 50% theory and 50% practice. Students undertake five modules.

    Modules

        * Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
        * Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
        * Evidence Based Practice for Public Health
        * Promoting Public Health
        * Management of Public Health Practice

    Students wishing to progress onto the MSc undertake the dissertation module.

    Dissertation
    You will generally work within the current research activities of the academic staff working in an area relevant to your disciplinary major. The refinement of the topic will be done in conjunction with your supervisor. The topic of research may include a quantitative project focusing on the measurement and analysis of data relevant to a question from within the discipline of your major, a qualitative project focusing on the professional (clinical) practice from within the discipline of your major, or a systematic review of the evidence relevant to a question from within the discipline of your major. This latter approach may itself be either qualitative or quantitative. In all cases final approval for the topic is subject to a supervisor’s or course leader’s approval.

    Topics may rely on:

       1. the collection and analysis of primary data;
       2. the secondary analysis of data collected or being used by the supervisor or
       3. the secondary analysis of data in the public domain or held in a data-archive.

    Where necessary you will need to seek and obtain the approval of relevant ethics committees before proceeding with the collection or analysis of data.

    Work Placements

    Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised work placements within the chosen area of specialist practice. You will be allocated an experienced practice teacher who provides support and undertakes assessment in practice. Strong links have been forged between the University, practice teachers, managers and purchasers to ensure a quality programme.

    Special Features

    Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice. The course aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment.

    Careers

    In the field of post registration community nursing, over 95% of practitioners qualify through the University and obtain employment within their chosen field.

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