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Nursing/RN (Adult, Mental Health or Children & Young People)

MA/RN

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

MA/RN (Nursing) (three years full-time)

Course codes:

Adult – B749M
Child – B784M
Mental Health – B769M

Fees:

UK - If you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary to help with living expenses

International - £13,500

In Brief:

  • Gain registration as an adult, mental health or children's nurse while gaining a Masters degree
  • Uniquely in the UK available to graduates of any discipline
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team in a changing health care environment
  • Clinical placement opportunity

Course Summary

On completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • Understand research, policy and other evidence in your chosen branch of nursing
  • Apply advanced knowledge when caring for client groups within legal, ethical and professional frameworks in an innovative and confident way
  • Practice as a registered adult, mental health or children's nurse
  • Assess the needs of healthy and sick adults and children in different settings
  • Understand nursing activities associated with caring for adults, children and their families
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Year 1                

This module will enable the student to explore theories of health and public health agenda, explore the underpinning theories, skills and values inherent within nursing practice and enable the student to examine health beliefs and the relationship between nursing, health, public health and health promotion to individuals, communities and populations.                        
This module will enable the student to critically explore the essential nursing knowledge, skills and professional values needed to deliver and promote the holistic care of individuals and families across the lifespan. It will enable the student to demonstrate the ability to apply and critically evaluate the nursing process to care for individuals in various care settings. It will also enable the student to critically discuss the importance of inter-professional working in caring for people across the life course.                        

You will take one of the following modules depending on the pathway you have chosen.                

This module will allow students to identify the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and values needed to demonstrate safe, basic person centred care under supervision, in accordance with the NMC Code and generic and field specific NMC standards and competencies for progression point 1. It will also allow students to develop skills in self- awareness/assessment and personal and professional development planning. Students will use self-awareness / assessment skills in order to recognise and develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to achieve practice competencies.                        
This module enables the student to develop critical analysis skills in self-awareness/assessment and personal and professional development planning. It will allow students to use self-awareness/assessment skills in order to critically analyse, and develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to achieve  placement outcomes and academic expectations of level 7 study. It will also enable students to identify and critically analyse the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and values needed to demonstrate safe, basic person-centred care under supervision, in accordance with the NMC code and generic and field specific NMC standards and competencies for NMC progression point 1.                        
This module enables the student to develop critical analysis skills in self-awareness/assessment and personal and professional development planning. It will allow students to use self-awareness/assessment skills in order to critically analyse, and develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to achieve placement outcomes and academic expectations of level 7 study. It will also enable students to identify and critically analyse the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and values needed to demonstrate safe, basic person-centred care under supervision, in accordance with the NMC code and generic and field specific NMC standards and competencies for NMC progression point 1.                        

Year 2                

This module will enable the student to critically discuss and participate in the management of an acute patient episode within various settings covering all fields of practice. It will enable the student to assess, interpret and analyse clinical data that will contribute to informed decision making for an acutely unwell patient within any care environment.                        
This module will enable students to critically analyse contemporary political, practice and soceital issues informing nursing practice. It will enable the student to critically investigate and explore chosen areas of interest in order to inform nursing practice and career aspirations. It will also enable the student to critically reflect upon how contemporary issues in nursing are addressed in professional nursing practice.                        

You will take one of the following modules depending on the pathway you have chosen.                

Students will understand and critically apply the essential knowledge, skills, professional attitudes, values, leadership qualities and self-awareness needed to work more independently, with less direct supervision than in Year 1 in a safe and increasingly confident manner. Students will demonstrate  self-direction to utilise opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills in nursing and academic practice. Having gained a sense of understanding of their identity within their profession, look outwards and critically evaluate their relationships with other professionals. Achieve placement outcomes, generic and field of practice specific NMC competencies for NMC progression point 2.                          
Students will understand and critically apply the essential knowledge, skills, professional attitudes, values, leadership qualities and self-awareness needed to work more independently, with less direct supervision than in Year 1 in a safe and increasingly confident manner. Students will demonstrate self-direction to utilise opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills in nursing and academic practice. Having gained a sense of understanding of their identity within their profession, look outwards and critically evaluate their relationships with other professionals. Achieve placement outcomes, generic and field of practice specific NMC competencies for NMC progression point 2.                          
Students will understand and critically apply the essential knowledge, skills, professional attitudes, values, leadership qualities and self-awareness needed to work more independently, with less direct supervision than in Year 1 in a safe and increasingly confident manner. Students will demonstrate self-direction to utilise opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills in nursing and academic practice. Having gained a sense of understanding of their identity within their profession, look outwards and critically evaluate their relationships with other professionals. Achieve placement outcomes, generic and field of practice specific NMC competencies for NMC progression point 2.                          

Year 3

Adult Nursing

Students will reflect, analyse and evaluate the knowledge, skills, attitude and values essential for the transition from student nurse to that of a qualified Adult nurse. Students will develop skills of synthesis in order to engage with the development of contemporary clinical practice.                          
Students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to facilitate the critical application of the evidence based process in Adult Nursing.            
Students will achieve generic and field of practice specific NMC competencies for entry to the Professional Register as an Adult Nurse. Students will demonstrate critical application of the evidence, knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, leadership qualities and self-awareness essential for the transition from  student nurse to registered nurse. Students will appraise and synthesise learning from across the programme of study for the purpose of articulating their personal nursing philosophy and values-based nursing framework for Adult nursing practice.            

Mental Health Nursing                      

Students will reflect, analyse and evaluate the knowledge, skills, attitude and values essential for the transition from student nurse to that of a qualified Mental Health nurse. Students will develop skills of synthesis in order to engage with the development of contemporary clinical practice.                                
Students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to facilitate the critical application of the evidence based process in Mental Health Nursing.                                
Students will achieve generic and field of practice specific NMC competencies for entry to the Professional Register as a Mental Health Nurse. Students will demonstrate critical application of the evidence, knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, leadership qualities and self-awareness essential for the transition from student nurse to registered nurse. Students will appraise and synthesise learning from across the programme of study for the purpose of articulating their personal nursing philosophy and values-based nursing framework for Mental Health nursing practice.                                

Children and Young People's Nursing                      

Students will reflect, analyse and evaluate the knowledge, skills, attitude and values essential for the transition from student nurse to that of a qualified Children's nurse. Students will develop skills of synthesis in order to engage with the development of contemporary clinical practice.                                
Students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to facilitate the critical application of the evidence based process in Children's Nursing.                                
Students will achieve generic and field of practice specific NMC competencies for entry to the Professional Register as a Children's Nurse. Students will demonstrate critical application of the evidence, knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, leadership qualities and self-awareness essential for the transition from student nurse to registered nurse. Students will appraise and synthesise learning from across the programme of study for the purpose of articulating their personal nursing philosophy and values-based nursing framework for Children's nursing practice.

Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK university (normally a 2:1) or equivalent academic or professional qualification.

GCSE Maths, English and Science minimum grade C is required.

Interview process

As part of the application process, you may be invited to an interview. The interview will begin with a short Maths and English test, followed by a personal interview. You can try a short demo of the Maths test here.

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

Currently our next available places are on the September 2017 intake for all pathways, however it may be that a small number of places do become available for an earlier intake for the Adult pathway. If your application is successful and this is of interest, we can add your name to a waiting list for an earlier intake.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

APL is available but must cover both theory and practice.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

English Language - IELTS Minimum score 7- with no individual component below 7.

Suitable For

Graduates from any discipline who are interested in developing the knowledge and practical skills to practice as a nurse.

Applicant profile

There is no such thing as a typical student on this course, except a desire to explore critically the art and science of nursing and to deliver first class care. The selection process is via application, group and personal interviews, numeracy and literacy tests.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-timeIf you are a UK or EU resident, and have home student status, you will have your tuition fees paid for you. You may also qualify for a means-tested bursary to help with living expenses
Full-time International£13,500

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP and £82 for uniforms. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance is required in Year 1 of study only; uniforms will be required each year. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Optional costs include £10 per year for professional body membership, should the student wish to register. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 UK/EU students will still receive a bursary for this course and have their fees paid. For applications from September 2018 onwards, it is likely that this will no longer be the case. Please see more information on the changes here.

Teaching

A blended learning approach will provide the foundation to the teaching and learning strategy by way of Seminars, Masterclasses, action learning, guided independent study, simulation and workshops.  Theoretical learning will be complemented by Field of Practice and Level specific seminar group facilitation, discussion, dissemination and formative feedback.

The course has an equal split between time spent in theory and time spent in practice.  

Applicants should be aware that in order to successfully complete the programme and be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), that they will need to evidence 2,300 hours of theoretical learning and 2,300 Practice learning (4,600 hours in total). This is a programme requirement and so may not be reflected in the allocated specified hours of learning on the academic module specifications.

"Commencing study on the MA Adult Nursing programme has enabled me to develop the essential skills, attitudes and competencies needed to exhibit safe, personal centred care in a supportive environment. In addition to this, from the very beginning of the course, I have been encouraged to enhance my abilities in relation to critical thinking and decision making. I have developed these skills not only through academic work, but also through experiential application, under supervision, in the practice environment. Personal tutors and academic supervisors supported me in this process, providing constructive feedback to ensure progression. Personal tutors and other university staff have also provided a high level of pastoral support, ensuring I and other students feel secure academically, professionally and personally.  

Through a variety of approaches including lectures, seminars, personal tutorials, simulation sessions, workshops and independent and group study, we, as a cohort, have been encouraged to discover and learn together, which encourages discussion and debate, leading to a deeper and more critical understanding. As the cohort contains students from three fields of practice, this has provided us all with different perspectives which has been invaluable in the development of our understanding of nursing. We are encouraged to be supportive but also constructively critical of each other, which has resulted in a close-knit group and a stimulating learning environment. I have felt that as part of this team, I have built productive and good-humoured relationships with staff which has added richness to my learning experience."
Rosalind Holmes, MA Nursing (Adult)

Assessment

Assessment methods are varied and include assignments, presentations, observed structured clinical examinations, exams and portfolio assessment.

Employability

Following successful completion of this course you will be able to gain employment in the nursing field related to your choice of branch. You will be equipped to embrace the challenges that working in health care in the 21st century brings. You will be employable within the NHS and in private health care organisations and may wish to pursue a career in health care management having already experienced study at postgraduate level.

Links with Industry

We have close links with health care providers all over greater Manchester. This includes hospital, community, NHS, charity and social enterprise organisations. As a student nurse it is expected that you will spend around 50% of your time out on placement in one of these organisations and you will be is allocated a placement mentor who is there to help support you through the clinical elements of this course.

Further Study

You may wish to pursue further study by undertaking a research degree.

Facilities

Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.

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