his course will enable you to develop and achieve advanced practice competencies, in line with nationally recognised advanced level nursing criteria, and to facilitate knowledge and skills required to support you in the development of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner role, both professionally and academically at Masters level.
It will extend your critical, analytical and reflective skills, and enable you to integrate new and existing clinical skills within your practice setting to provide high quality health care as autonomous practitioners within the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
Once you have completed the PGDip Advanced Nurse Practitioner, you will be able to further progress the service and practice development and clinical leadership aspects of your advanced practice role by undertaking the top-up MA Advanced Practice course. The MA element of the course will provide you with the opportunity to complete a service improvement project, which can support development of new patient/client services and the enhancement of practice within your own organisation.
Relevant first degree or equivalent
Prepare you as a professional to work as an advanced nurse practitioner with a set of generic skills and knowledge
Develop your skills in critical enquiry
Enable you to identify your own learning needs in relation to your specialty speciftic expanding role and patient / client group
Provide you with an educational framework to develop your knowledge and skills
Facilitate your personal and professional development
Professional issues for advanced practice: You will explore the contextual aspects surrounding the development of your advanced professional role, while you analyse and debate recent developments relevant to your clinical practice.
Advanced history taking and physical assessment: You will develop your skills and knowledge to obtain a comprehensive patient history, to perform a complete physical assessment of all body systems and to distinguish normal findings from pathological ones. The unit aims to facilitate the development of advanced assessment skills and the ability to accurately describe observations and findings using appropriate terminology.
Advanced health assessment and decision making: This unit will enable you to develop the skills necessary to formulate differential diagnoses and develop action plans in respect of a specific client group/presenting problem. It will develop diagnostic reasoning and critical thinking skills in meeting clients’ health care needs.
Independent and supplementary prescribing: This unit meets the government agenda to extend non-medical prescribing, and will benefit patients by enabling faster access to medication. The curriculum has been devised following the Department of Health guidelines and in collaboration with the NMC. Learning and teaching will take place both at the university and in practice. Lectures will be followed by question and answer sessions and analysis of case examples. OR Principles of disease processes and management of therapeutic interventions: Through this unit you will develop your knowledge and understanding of disease processes. It will enhance your diagnostic and clinical decision-making skills in relation to determining, implementing and evaluating evidence-based therapeutic interventions, of both a pharmacological and non-pharmacological nature.
Advanced practice portfolio: This unit facilitates self-direction and personal responsibility for continuing professional development throughout the duration of the whole programme, and aims to facilitate your attainment of the required competencies, criteria and standards of practice for advanced practice, as well as being tailored towards your own practice arena. This is enabled by parallel progression of the portfolio, alongside all other units of the programme, which build on one another, through production and development of the advanced practice portfolio.
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