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Nursing /RN Children and Young People's
BSc (Hons)

2014-15 entry

Clinical Placement
NHS Funding available
Alternative start dates available

3 good reasons to study Nursing /RN Children and Young People's at Salford:

  • Close links between University and clinical staff across the Greater Manchester area
  • Learn in our purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities
  • Means tested bursaries available

Key Information

Course Code: B702
Start Dates: September; March
Duration:

Three years full-time

Course Summary

Children and young people's nurses work in a variety of settings dealing with 0 to 18-year-olds as well as providing support, advice and education for parents, close relatives and carers. You will learn about maximising health for children and young people in a hospital and community setting.

50% of your studies will be spent in clinical practice in hospital and community settings, within the NHS and independent sector, across Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale or Salford. You will spend time in a well supported environment, working alongside qualified nurse mentors.

In the third year you have the opportunity to go on an international placement to experience care outside of the UK for example, in Sweden or Germany.

On successful completion of this course you will have a recognised degree qualification that leads to registration, as a qualified nurse, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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Course Details

This course is delivered over three semesters per year. Throughout this course theory and practice are integrated into each module.

Course Structure

Year 1

You will acquire the essential knowledge, skills and professional attitudes needed to meet the needs of the users, carers and significant others. You will develop knowledge of concepts of health, public health and health promotion including an awareness of factors affecting health within a diverse and multi-cultural society. You will do this through the development of knowledge and the fundamental skills required for all nurses and within your chosen field of practice.

Year 2

You will apply essential knowledge, skills and the professional attitudes needed to deliver and promote holistic care of mental and physical health across the life span by analysing decision-making, problem solving and prioritising skills in nursing practice.

Year 3

You will prepare for the transition from student nurse to qualified professional nurse both professionally and autonomously in order to manage yourself and others effectively. You will be able to develop practice using the best available evidence that incorporates both nursing expertise and knowledge, together with that of the patient/service user.

Year 1

Three Core Modules:

The module will focus on the professional values, communication and interpersonal skills required of all nurses. You will acquire the essential skills and professional attitudes required to meet the needs of users, carers and others.
Within this module you will develop your knowledge of the concepts of health, public health and health promotion including an awareness of the factors impacting on the health of individuals and groups within a diverse and multi-cultural society.
You will gain the essential knowledge and develop the fundamental skills required to care for children and young people and their families from a bio-psycho-social perspective.

Year 2

Two Core Modules:

This module will enable you to apply essential knowledge, skills and the professional attitudes needed to deliver and promote the holistic care of mental and physical health across the life span within various care settings.
You will explore the specific knowledge, skills and attributes required to deliver care to children, young people and families in a variety of practice settings and analyse decision making, problem solving and prioritising skills in nursing practice.

Plus two optional modules from:

Appraise the application of cognitive behavioural interventions within clinical practice.
Explore the needs of the multicultural and multi ethnic communities as they experience health care.
Develop an enhanced level of knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to meet the end of life care needs of individuals and those close to them throughout the lifespan and across all disease boundaries.
Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes related to communication, counselling and human relationships.
Appraise the theoretical and policy constructs underpinning public health practice in the UK.
Appraise key characteristics that expose user groups to the risk of abuse or exploitation.
Explore the principles of sexual and reproductive health across a range of client groups and examine the complexities associated with the delivery of sexual health advice across the age group and within various care delivery settings.
Acquire the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet the needs of individuals who misuse substances, self harm and their significant others.
Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes which address the principles and realities of involving families and carers within nursing and healthcare.

Year 3

Three core modules:

This module will facilitate the development of the evidenced knowledge, skills and values essential for the transition from student nurse to qualified professional nurse.
Within this module you will develop your practice using the best available evidence that incorporates both nursing expertise and knowledge, together with that of the patient, child, young person and service user.
This module will enable you to achieve the standards for competency to be eligible to register as a children's nurse and to engage with the process of transition from student to registered practitioner.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSEs All applicants must have English, Maths and Science of at least Grade C,
UCAS tariff points 260-300 UCAS points
Scottish Highers Equivalence of 260-300 UCAS points
Irish Leaving Certificate Equivalence of 260-300 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate 25 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

Please note that the GCSE requirements remain in place for candidates going through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme onto this course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS - Minimum score 7- with no individual component below 7

Applicant profile

Nursing is not a nine-to-five job. Neither is being a student nurse:

  • You will be expected to work the same shifts as your mentor in clinical practice
  • You do not get long holiday breaks; our course works on the basis of seven weeks annual leave per year which are allocated and non-negotiable
  • Considerable travelling may be required for both hospital and community placements

Teaching

This course uses a variety of teaching methods such as:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-based learning
  • Clinical Skills
  • Tutorials

50% of your learning will be spent in clinical practice and the other 50% will be in academic learning at the University.

Assessment

Assessment of theory and practice is continuous and varied. In the clinical area of this course you will need to meet the criteria laid down by the NMC at specific points throughout the three years. You will also be assessed academically using

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Oral presentations
  • Enquiry and problem-based learning

Employability

As a graduate and qualified staff nurse in your chosen field of practice you will be able to apply for a job in either an acute setting such as a hospital or in the community. You may want to work within the NHS or in the public and private sectors for example, a ward, a health centre, a prison, a care home or a hospice.

Links with Industry

You will work alongside a qualified mentor in clinical practice areas where you will experience a wide variety of care-giving settings. You will be expected to work the same shift patterns as your mentor (including weekends and night duty) and will need to be able to travel to and from clinical placements.

You will spend half of your time at the University and the other half working in clinical areas or the community within local NHS Trusts. These will include hospitals and community placements across the Greater Manchester area including Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Central Manchester, Wythenshawe and others.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

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 (http://www.advice.salford.ac.uk/page/otherfunding ) to help with living expenses
Full-time International£12,800

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.


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