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									Distance Learning Centre
(Nursing and Palliative Care)

Undergraduate study
 by distance learning

 Bachelor of Nursing
  (Palliative Care)

Introduction to the Distance Learning Centre
The Distance Learning Centre (DLC) is based in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, in the
University of Dundee, Scotland. The DLC has over 15 years of experience in the design, development
and delivery of distance and distributed learning.

The programmes
The DLC delivers five programmes:
       Master of Nursing (MN)
       Multiprofessional Master in Pallliative Care (MPC)
       Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
       Bachelor of Nursing (Palliative Care) (BNPC)
       GLIDER – 20 hour units of continuing education (GCE)

The undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in nursing and palliative care attract an
international student body from over 17 different countries as diverse culturally as the USA, Switzerland,
Africa, UK, Canada and Australia.

The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Nursing (Palliative Care) programmes started in 1990 and supports
approximately 30 graduates each year. The Master in Palliative Care (MPC) was developed in 1999
and the University proudly witnessed the first MPC graduates in 2001. For entry to the BNPC programme
students must hold a professional registered nurse qualification, be engaged in professional practice
and hold a recognised first degree. The MPC is structured is in three parts. Each part has an exit point
and students who exit can be accredited for past learning if they return to the programme within a
three year period.

Programmes overview
                                                                                        Exit with Master in
                                                                                             Palliative Care

                              Master PC                                   Exit with Postgraduate Diploma in
  Entry option
                              pathway                                                        Palliative Care

                                                                     Exit with Master in Palliative Care Cert

                             Bachelor PC                                         Exit with BN/BN(Palliative
  Entry option                                                                                       Care)

                                                                                                 Exit with a
                                                                                 Diploma in Pallliative Care

                                                                                                  Exit with a
                                                                               Certificate in Palliative Care

Structure of the BNPC
Postgraduate CertificateCore modules
    Postgraduate Certificate = 60
The Bachelor of Nursing Palliative Care degree is designed to meet the needs of all nurses
caring for patients throughout palliation. All students take two core modules and four
                  Module 1
optional modules from a menu of topics relevant to palliative care. The focus of the
                 (30 credits)
pathway is to challenge the student, through critical analysis to explore their own practice.
Text based study guides are used to help the student make the essential links between their
practice situation and theory.

Each module requires 200 hours of student effort.

                                       Core Module 1 (Palliative Care: an integral component of a healthcare system)
                                       Core Module 2 (Professional issues in palliative care)
                                       Coping with Suffering, Loss and Change
                                       Maintaining the Quality of Life in the Presence of Distressing Circumstances
                                       Bereavement: Understanding Death and Grief
                                       Spiritual Issues
                                       Introduction Health Related Research and Evidence Based Practice
                                       Education in the Patient Care Setting
                                       Cancer Nursing
                                       Experience of Pain

Course Assessment
Completion of a module is based on the satisfactory completion of a written academic paper
which applies the theory to your practice. If the paper is unsatisfactory written feedback
advice will be provided by the module tutor, and the student will be given the opportunity to
submit the paper again. Help and advice are available throughout the course of study by
telephone and email.

Distinctive features of the BNPC degree
The unique design of the BNPC degree enables nurses, in cultures as diverse as US and Africa who
operate in different roles, including clinical practice, nursing education and nursing management, to
study the same programme with opportunities if they wish, to share ideas and network. This programme
has ten distinctive features.
             1                         International Accreditation: by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
             2                         An international programme: that focuses on local needs
             3                         Convenience: study where, when and how you choose
             4                         Flexible and integrated: the programme design accommodates individual needs
             5                         Planned and structured: learning in a modular framework with a structured assessment
             6                         Meaningful: learning is delivered in the context of professional practice
             7                         Critical thinking: in the context of professional practice
             8                         Professional and academic: a dual approach to growth and development
             9                         Supported and facilitated: students are linked into University tutors and the University
                                       library service
             10 An additional CE bonus for Dundee graduates

The BNPC Programme was accreditated by the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) in 2000. The BNPC provides              NLNAC
learning experience for nurses who wish to pursue undergraduate                   Accredited
studies by distance learning methods.

The BNPC is designed to expose the student to a wealth of global
knowledge relevant to contemporary, professional nursing. The                Programme
emphasis is study of an individualised, local issue that is analysed from
a multidimensional and multicultural perspective, with the added                Local Needs
potential for international networking.

The BNPC programmme is convenient to access through a choice of
paper-based and e-learning methods. Students are allocated a                Convenience
University email address at the start of the programme and can access
the University library from home or work, at a time when they wish to
study and where ever they are studying in the world.

The flexible and integrated design of the Dundee model is tried and
tested to meet the wide-ranging needs of employed nurses, working
                                                                             Flexible &
in health care facilities, all over the world. The programme is designed
to enable professional nurses to fit study into busy schedules so that           Integrated
they can accommodate the competing demands of continuous study,
work and family commitments. There is a choice of studying in either
small groups or individually.

Organisations find the flexibility of the BNPC useful as many nurses,
working in different roles in the same institution, can study the one
programme in a manner that reflects their individual role in the

Learning and assessment are designed as an integrated experience
with formative feedback on assignment work. Self-assessment and
self-direction are structured into each module.

Each module of study requires students to demonstrate acquisition
of new knowledge and understanding relevant to nursing issues in               Critical
the twenty-first century, develop their role in the organisation and                 Thinking
engage in the processes of reflective, critical and original thinking and

Tutorial support is continuous and tailored to the individual needs of
the student. Each student is allocated a personal tutor at the start of     Supported &
the BNPC and has in addition a module tutor with contact maintained
by email and/or telephone. Access to library resources is via the web.            Facilitated

Tutor contact is mandatory at the start of each module and throughout
the module students are encouraged to access tutorial support on an
‘as and when required’ basis. Telephone tutorials can be initiated by
email by either the student or the tutor and are based on an
arrangement whereby the Dundee tutor calls the student at a pre-
arranged date and time.

Dundee University graduates will have the opportunity to continue
their portfolio of learning (at reduced rates) through a link into a new
DLC 20 hour, ‘ GLIDER’ continuing education (CE) programme which
is currently under development. This GLIDER programme will support               Learning
students in many countries to keep a portfolio of learning to meet
mandatory, CE requirements for the continuation of professional

Students explore innovative solutions to presenting problems and
demonstrate the development of practice in a wide range of topics           Academic
for example:
       Quality patient care
       Delivery of quality patient care services
       The practice of clinical nursing
       The management of contemporary nursing
       The management of nursing services
       The education of nurses
       Various clinical and faculty roles
       Health promotion and ill-health prevention
       The politics of professionalism & nursing as an applied discipline
       Nursing research
       Development of evidence-based practice

COURSE FEES                                                                  Course
Learning and assessment are designed as an integrated experience
with formative feedback on assignment work. Self-assessment and
self-direction are structured into each module.

Course Fees

Number of Modules         UK / Europe               Rest of the World
to Complete               Fee                       Fee

6 SCOTCAT Level 3         £4,200                    £4,920
Individual Module         £700                      £865

In addition to the course fees all students must pay a non-refundable
application fee of £50.00 when the application is submitted. A
matriculation fee of £60 is payable on acceptance and enrolment
onto the programme.

Module Descriptors

This module aims to help you understand the process of
bereavement, and in particular how to manage people through               Bereavement
complicated and uncomplicated bereavement. This is achieved
by exploring the role of the health professional in the grieving
process. You are encouraged to apply the result of your studies
to your own professional practice.

The supporting study guide examines different aspects of grief
as it relates to health professionals, including support for others,
grief as a normal life experience, complicated grief reactions and
community grief following sudden multiple deaths, for example
following a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

The study guide is organised into units with the following

    •   The health professional’s role in the time before and
        after death
    •   Grief as a normal human experience
    •   Identifying and coping with complicated grief reactions
    •   Grief in the community, following multiple unexpected
        deaths, due to accidental or non-accidental reasons.

Cancer nursing
Cancer will affect around one in three people during their lifetime.
Cancer is a major health care problem worldwide and patients              Cancer nursing
are cared for in all types of health care settings. Cancer has
been identified as a chronic condition with a series of well identified
stages which may need nursing intervention. This intervention
often occurs in non-specialist units or in the community setting.
This module has been developed for health care professionals
who care for patients with cancer, in hospital or in the community.
The module aims to enable practice and professional development
in a way that will positively impact on the quality of patient care.

The study guide is organised into units with the following

        •   Epidemiological perspectives related to cancer risk
            and cancer nursing control
        •   Cancer development, evolution and dynamics
        •   Caring for patients with metastic spread
        •   Promoting health and preventing cancer.

Coping with suffering, loss and change
The aim of this module is to examine how within the palliative
setting the patient and the multi-professional team address the     Coping with suffering, loss
impact of loss and suffering. This module allows you to consider          and change
how the patient and their carers and or families cope with the
changing circumstances of the palliative care trajectory and
attendant suffering and losses. An opportunity is also presented
for you to explore the potential significance of complementary
therapies. You will take a multi-professional approach.

The study guide examines the following themes

   •   The concept of suffering
   •   Coping with suffering, death and dying.
   •   Emotional distress in palliative care
   •   Complementary approaches to suffering and change.

Education in the patient care setting
This module aims to examine a range of issues relating to
                                                                     Education in the patient
education in the patient care setting and to help you understand
                                                                          care setting
the importance of a planned sequence of events which are
designed to facilitate learning. You will then develop a teaching
package appropriate to your own area of practice. You are then
facilitated to develop an assessment strategy appropriate to
your own situation. You will learn though this undertaking the
skills required to develop and enhance the learning environment
within your patient care setting.

The study guide explores the following themes:

   •   Curriculum development
   •   Methods of assessing learning
   •   Formulation of teaching plans.
   •   Principles of learning.

Experience of pain
Although knowledge of pain and evidence on pain management
are growing, the experience of pain continues to be an issue in           Experience of pain
palliative care. This module aims to enable you to have a direct
influence on pain and to improve the quality of pain management
in your clinical practice in palliative care.

The study guide explores different themes relating to pain in
palliative care:

    •   Concept of “Total pain”
    •   Assessing a patient’s experience of pain
    •   Pharmacological approaches to the management of
    •   Application of practice the principles of pain
    •   Ethical issues relating to the management of patient’s
        pain experience.

Introduction to health related research and evidence based
This module aims to support you to use research and apply the            Introduction to health
results of it to your professional nursing practice. In this module       related research and
you will critically analyse research literature, evaluate the research       evidence based
process and identify ways of using the results in a way which is                 practice
relevant to your practice. The module is about using research
results in the context of practice, to help you to apply research
findings to enhance or change your own practice.

The study guide examines a range of themes:

    •   The relationship of the component parts of the
        research process to the methodology
    •   Quantitative research method and methodology
    •   Qualitative research methods and methodology
    •   Applying evidence to practice
    •   Politics. Ethics and legalities of health care research
    •   Using research critically.

Maintaining quality of life in the presence of distressing
Palliative care patients and their families / carers are challenged
by distressing symptoms and how this impacts on the patients             Maintaining quality of
well being. You then move onto to consider how the patient’s             life in the presence of
quality of life could be supported. You are given the opportunity        distressing symptoms
to analyse and examine how the different distressing symptoms
experienced by palliative care patients affect their health and
well-being. These issues will be explored from a holistic

The study guide explores a range of themes:

   •   The concept of quality of life for palliative care patients
       and how it is measured
   •   Multi-professional principles for symptom management
       in palliative care
   •   Effective communication within the multi-professional
   •   Using the evidence base in this field of study to inform
       professional practice
   •   Through patient scenarios issues such as denial,
   •   Comfort versus treatment, metastic spread, health
       care choices, family estrangement, family re-union,
       altered self and body image and physical impairments
       affecting speech and communication.

Management skills for nurses and midwives
You are challenged to consider management issues; and the
various management roles which you may engage in, in day-to-           Management skills for
day work. This modules enables you to analyse your                     nurses and midwives
management ability in relation to a one-to-one relationship with
your patient as well as within the multi-professional team.

The study guides explore a range of themes within the
Hesketh and Dowling (1997) Model.

   •   Exploration and reflection on key management
   •   Using the eight role management theory competency
   •   Critical analysis of your individual a management style.

Palliative Care
The study of palliative care generates skills which are transferable
across a wide spectrum of disease and this module aims to give            Palliative Care
students insight into the holistic care of patients with advanced
and progressing illness. The issue of palliative care being more
than terminal care is addressed.

The study guide examines the following themes:

   •   Life transitions: dying and bereavement
   •   Assessment of need
   •   Managing palliative care in a holistic way
   •   How to build a philosophy.

Professional issues
In the palliative care setting there are specific professional issues
affecting you working within a multiprofessional team. This module        Professional issues
examines some of these professional issues.

The study guide identifies and reviews five key areas:

   •   Communication: personal and interpersonal
       communication is examined, alongside exploring
       environmental factors which can facilitate or impede
   •   Team working: the dynamics of team working are
       explored within the context of the student’s own
       practice setting
   •   Surviving change: palliative care is an area of health
       care which is particularly subject to change and the
       student is encouraged to develop a set of survival skills
   •   Effectiveness: using audit and research results the
       student will critically analyse the effectiveness of
       palliative care. Students will also learn about differences
       between audit and research processes and activities
   •   Ethical issues: the student will explore and identify a
       framework for ethical decision-making and reflection,
       suited to palliative care. This will then be related to the
       student’s own practice situation.

Research methodology
This module covers the different aspects of the research process,
as they apply to nursing, and is aimed at you if you are considering    Research methodology
writing a research proposal, or are intending to work in nursing
research. You are also introduced to a variety of research
methods, and by the end of the module will understand the
different parts of the research process, as well as being able to
critically analyse and evaluate the component parts and the
relationship of research to practice.

The study guide introduces the concept of research based
practice, and takes the student through the following aspects of
carrying out research:

   •   Literature searching and reviewing
   •   Formulating a research question
   •   Making a research plan
   •   Research methods
   •   Data collection and handling
   •   Applying research to practice.

Spiritual issues
Spirituality can be highly relevant in the palliative care setting and
this module aims to examine how you as well as patients and              Spiritual issues
carers / family acknowledge and value spirituality. You will also be
encouraged to reflect on your own spirituality to help in analysing
this concept within the palliative care environment.

Spirituality is seen as distinct from religion and this distinction is
sensitively identified and explored within the module. The relevance
of value systems in society is considered, and how these are
manifested in systems of faith and worship.

The study guide examines the following issues and themes:

    •   The concept of the spiritual
    •   Religion and the spiritual
    •   Spiritual issues and the quality of life
    •   Characteristics and qualities of the professional for
        spiritual care.

                               Distance Learning Centre (Nursing and Palliative Care)
                                                                                  Tay Park House, 484 Perth Road, Dundee DD2 1LR

                                     Bachelor of Nursing (Palliative Care)
                                              Application Form

                                                                 Part One
Personal Details
Last Name                                             First Name                                            Middle Initial

Town/City                                              County                                               Postcode
Country                                                Date of Birth
Country and Place of Birth
Home Tel                                               Office Tel
Fax                                                    Email

Licensure information (applications without this information will not be processed)
Current registration
NMC Pin Number                                         Expiry date
You are required to produce evidence of current NMC Registration on application. Please do not send original certificate, a photocopy is

Employment Details
As the course is based around the student’s current clinical practice, a prerequisite of application on the course is that you
are able to undertake exercises in your current clinical setting. Access to clinical experience usually means that you are
currently employed in a nursing or midwifery capacity. If you are unemployed, but can provide evidence to support access
to clinical experience in order to facilitate the course requirements we will be pleased to consider your application on an
individual basis.
Employing authority
Place of work
Employment time                                                         Clinical area (ward etc)
Nature/specialty of work

Span of duty                            Full-time              Part-time             Day               Night

Source of information concerning the course applied for
I would like to apply for:                                     The Bachelor of Nursing (Palliative Care)
                                                               Individual Module only (no application fee required)

My proposed date of entry:                                              Month                                    Year

The first two modules are core to the programme, please choose optional modules.


                                                       Part Two
Please now complete the second part of this form the Application Form Record / Past Learning Experience.
For each course please provide verified photocopied evidence of past learning, eg photocopy of certificate countersigned
by your line manager, with their NMC Pin Number. This section will allow the University to assess how many modules you
will require to undertake for the Bachelor of Nursing (Palliative Care) degree.

Continuing education credit and academic credit are not always the same; each case though is assessed on its individual

Professional qualifications, eg RN
                    Please give full details of each of the registration qualifications you have completed.
   Name/title of initial nursing professional qualification
Award                          Certificate          Diploma                                  Degree
Year obtained (date)
Awarding institution
Length of course
                    Please attach any additional professional qualifications on a separate sheet of paper

Academic qualifications
If you have specific qualifications, these may be accredited to you for advance standing in the programme.
Name/title of academic qualification
Year obtained (date)
Award                          Certificate        Diploma         Degree
Awarding institution
Length of course
Name/title of academic qualification
Year obtained (date)
Award                          Certificate         Diploma        Degree
Awarding institution
Length of course

Additional academic courses
Please list any other academic courses which have been formally assessed at Diploma/Degree level, eg Social Work
Diploma, Teaching Diploma etc and dates obtained.

Additional assessed courses
(ie programme of study to maintain licensure or continuing educational units that were assessed by an accredited
organisation. That is, by a university or college or ANCC).

Please give information for each of the courses you have attended in the following spaces.
Name/title of course
Name of ward
Level of award
Awarding institution
Method of assessment
                           (essays, project work, examination, continuous assessment)
Name/title of course
Name of ward
Level of award
Awarding institution
Method of assessment
                           (essays, project work, examination, continuous assessment)
Name/title of course
Name of ward
Level of award
Awarding institution
Method of assessment
                           (essays, project work, examination, continuous assessment)

       I have enclosed documentary evidence of academic and professional qualifications for which I wish to receive
       accreditation e.g. transcript of training and certificate (copies only).
       I have enclosed either a copy of my birth certificate or a copy of my ID card and Social Security card.
       I have provided my NMC Pin Number or RN Licensure.
       I have included my £50.00 APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) fee (choose ONE method of payment).
       For single modules there is no APL fee. Payment may be made in US Dollar equivalent.

       Please debit my credit card (Mastercard or Visa only) £50.00 or equivalent.

       Card number
       Expiry date
       Type of card
       Security Number (Last 3 digits on back of card)

       Please find enclosed a cheque/bank draft made out to UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE for £50 Sterling
       or equivalent.
       I certify that the information given in this application is correct and complete. If I am admitted to the University I
       undertake to observe and comply with the University’s regulations and to ensure payment of fees and other
       liabilities to the University of Dundee.

         Signature of applicant                                                                  Date

                                                   Please send your completed application form to:

                                                Distance Learning Centre (Nursing and Palliative Care)
                                           Tay Park House, 484 Perth Road, Dundee DD2 1LR, Scotland, UK
                                                              Fax: +44 (0)1382 381981


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