School of Health Science Ysgol Gwyddor Iechyd Pre Registration Nursing Programme www.swansea.ac.uk/health_science Programme of study This programme meets the professional outcomes that are identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as essential pre-requisites for registration as a nurse. The Programme commences each September with an additional intake for adult nursing every March. This is a three-year, full-time carefully integrated modular programme of theoretical and clinical study to provide structured development of professional skills. All modules are compulsory and fifty percent of the programme is delivered in a range of clinical practice settings. Selection criteria. Academic qualifications Strong academic profile i.e. how qualifications achieved. GCSEs grade C or above including - English/Welsh language, Science & Maths. 240 UCAS points (Such as ‘A’ levels, BTEC, ACCESS, Welsh Baccalaureate) Care experience advisable as candidates need to demonstrate a caring nature. English language testing may be required for foreign nationalities. Accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) is becoming a feature with candidates using alternative qualifications/experiences. Interview Handwriting, comprehension and numeracy skills assessed 30 minute interview with lecturer and clinical staff Assessments and interview are scored Selection criteria. Offers have same conditions attached as with offers of employment for registered nurses - Achieving academic criteria - Satisfactory references (2 and follow NMC good character guidelines) - Satisfactory OHD (independent of interview) - Satisfactory CRB/ISA (independent of interview) Fitness for practice assessment panel Newly established to meet the growing demand to judge whether candidates with specific needs can enter the programme if ‘reasonable’ adjustment is made to accommodate them. Professional standards. Students are expected to behave in a manner becoming of a professional and as such are told that the way in which they conduct themselves in public, in clinical practice and at university will potentially determine their success on the programme. Students progress is not only determined by academic ability but will be governed by professional and organisation expectations such as; - The NMC code and guidance to students. - Rules and regulations of the School of Health Science and Swansea University. - Policies and procedures of healthcare providers (NHS and private). - The legal system. The NMC require a declaration of good character to be made by the university before the student can enter onto the register. This requirement is given equal consideration as that of academic success when determining the fitness of the student to enter the profession. Programme structure – example shows Adult branch Module School Practice Academic level 15 hrs/wk 37.5 hrs/wk + credits Module 1. Fundamental principles and practice of nursing. 8 weeks 6 weeks 40 Module 2. Health, society and Nursing. 8 weeks 6 weeks 40 Module 3. Professional issues in contemporary nursing practice. 8 weeks 6 weeks 40 Year 1 (Common Foundation programme) 24 weeks 18 weeks Certificate (120 credits) Module 4. Foundations in adult nursing practice. 7 weeks 7 weeks 40 Module 5. Further developments in adult nursing practice. 7 weeks 7 weeks 40 Module 6. Nursing patients and families affected by chronic illness. 7 weeks 7 weeks 40 Year 2 (Branch) 21 weeks 21 weeks Diploma (120 credits) Module 7. Specialist adult nursing practice. 6 weeks 8 weeks 40 Module 8. Consolidating adult nursing. 6 weeks 8 weeks 40 Module 9. The practice of adult nursing. 1 weeks 13 weeks 40 Year 3 (Branch) 13 weeks 29 weeks Degree (120 credits) Common Foundation Programme. The first year of your three-year course is taken up by the common foundation year. During this period students will receive a general introduction to core skills and knowledge which are equally applicable to every branch of nursing. Having passed this stage students will progress to study one of our three specialties or branch programmes – adult, child or mental health nursing. Please note that students will choose which branch of nursing they would like to study prior to starting the programme. Module Name Example of Content Example of Placement 1 The fundamental Nursing – holistic care. A six week placement in Principles and Bioscience – microbiology an acute setting Practice of Nursing Law – the legal system appropriate to the chosen Sociology – culture branch of nursing Psychology - illness 2 Health, Society Nursing – clinical skills A six week community and Nursing Bioscience – skeleton placement i.e. Law - accountability - District Nursing Interpersonal skills - Health Visiting Psychology - caring 3 Professional Issues Nursing – numeracy A six week placement in a in Contemporary Bioscience – nutrition rehabilitation setting Nursing Practice Ethics – advocacy appropriate to the chosen Psychology – interpersonal branch of nursing. perceptions Example of content and placement structure – Adult branch. Module Name Example of Content Example of Placement 4 Fundamental concepts Nursing - chronic illness. A seven week hospital placement i.e. related to Adult Nursing Bioscience – renal system - Acute medicine Research – qualitative data - Orthopaedic surgery Policy – the older adult - Gynaecology Psychology - stress 5 Further developments of Nursing – surgical care A seven week community placement Adult Nursing practice Bioscience – immunology i.e. Research – critiquing - District Nursing Pharmacology - analgesia - Health Visiting Psychology - stigma 6 Consolidating key concepts Nursing – Cancer care A seven week hospital placement i.e. for Adult Nursing practice Bioscience – genetics - General Surgery Pharmacology - steroids - Respiratory Medicine Ethics – advocacy - Oncology Psychology – grief 7 Specialist Adult Nursing Nursing – critical care A eight week hospital placement i.e. Practice Bioscience – electrolytes Pharmacology – - Intensive Care inotropics Psychology – coping - Coronary Care Microbiology - infection - Accident + Emergency 8 Professional and Policies Clinical governance and effectiveness, A eight week community placement issues for Adult Nursing clinical supervision, teaching, with a District Nurse where the multidisciplinary working, Change student manages own caseload management 9 The practice of Adult Clinical decision making, leadership, A thirteen week placement on a Nursing accountability unsafe practice, role of the general ward developing NMC, political issues in Adult Nursing management and leadership skills Example of content and placement structure – Child branch. Module Name Example of Content Example of Placement 4 Fundamental concepts History of childhood and children’s nursing, A seven week community placement related to children’s Nursing inequalities in health, immunisations, child protection, community nursing Psychological theories of development. 5 Further developments of Care of the acutely ill child in relation to all A seven week placement on a general Children’s Nursing practice systems, pain, pharmacology, introduction children’s ward to research 6 Consolidating key concepts Chronic illness, eating disorders, informed A seven week placement on a general for nursing practice consent Advocacy, Accountability. children’s ward 7 Specialist Nursing Practice High dependency nursing, trauma and A eight week placement in either a children in Accident and emergency depts. specialised children’s nursing area or neonatal nursing, death and dying general children’s ward 8 Professional and Policies Clinical governance and effectiveness, A eight week placement in either a issue-Children’s Nursing clinical supervision, multidisciplinary specialised children’s nursing area or working, Change management general children’s ward 9 Children’s nursing practice Clinical decision making, unsafe practice, A thirteen week placement on a general Role of the NMC, Political issues in children’s ward Children’s Nursing Example of content and placement structure – Mental Health branch. Module Name Example of Content Example of Placement 4 Fundamental concepts Introduction to mental health care for A seven week placement in a ward related to Mental Health age 18-65. Assessment processes setting Nursing 5 Further developments of Introduction to mental health care for A seven week placement in a Children’s Nursing practice age 65+. community setting Care planning processes 6 Consolidating key concepts Enduring mental health issues. Talking A seven week placement in a ward for nursing practice therapies. setting 7 Specialist Nursing Practice Community, forensic, child and A eight week placement in ward, adolescent nursing. community or specialist service e.g. substance misuse 8 Professional and Policies Clinical governance and effectiveness, A eight week placement in ward, issue-Mental Health Nursing clinical supervision, multidisciplinary community or specialist service e.g. working, Change management forensic 9 Mental Health nursing Clinical decision making, unsafe practice, A thirteen week placement in a clinical practice Role of the NMC, Political issues in Mental area (student has an opportunity to Health Nursing influence where) Theoretical Assessment The aim of the theoretical assessments are to assess the student’s knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning nursing practice. A variety of summative and formative methods of assessment are offered to accommodate a range of learning styles. For example Self assessment Computer assisted learning Seminar presentations Community profiling Essays Invigilated Examinations (e.g. unseen, open book) Reflecting in and on practice Case studies Portfolio Multiple Choice Questions (M.C.Q.) • Students are generally required to be assessed on 3 occasions each year to coincide with the 3 modules. • Students are typically awarded a mark for these assessments with the pass mark of 40%. • Students are automatically offered 2 attempts to pass assessments. Clinical Assessment The assessment of practice will be via the All Wales Clinical Practice Assessment Process. Assessment methods include; • Self assessment • Direct observation • Feedback from others • Demonstration and practice • Scrutiny of written reports • Reflecting in practice Students will be awarded either a pass or fail in this element of the assessment. They must achieve the required level in all specified practice outcomes for a pass to be awarded. The student’s mentor will be responsible for assessing the student’s performance in clinical practice as specified within the Clinical Practice Assessment Document. • Students are generally required to be assessed continuously throughout each year and must achieve all competencies by the end of the year. • Students are typically awarded a mark of pass or fail for these assessments. - A pass mark is achieving a mentor signature for each of the competencies. - A fail is when the student does not have a mentor signature against one or more of the competencies. • Students are automatically offered 2 attempts to pass assessments. Relationship between theoretical and clinical assessment and student progress. Year 1. Year 2. Year 3. Module 1 C Module 4 C Module 7 C L L L Numeracy and essay essay I I I essay N N N I I I C C C Module 2 A Module 5 A Module 8 A L L L essays essay essay O O O U U U T T T C C C Module 3 O Module 6 O Module 9 O MCQ, tests and M Numeracy test and M essay M essay E exam E E S S S 50% of 50% of 50% of 50% of 50% of 50% of award award award award award award Assessments Assessments Assessments achieved, graduate achieved, progress achieved, progress and register to year 2. to year 3. NMC registration & BN (Hons) award General information about the programme • The educational fees are funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and candidates must meet certain criteria. • Most student will receive a non means tested bursary of approximately £6700. • Students are required to undertake 4600 hours of study (clinical and theoretical) to enter the NMC register. • Students are supernumerary throughout the programme. This means they can undertake all nursing duties as appropriate but must be under the supervision of a mentor (either directly or indirectly). • The student is responsible for their own actions but the mentor is professionally accountable for the students practice. • Students are required to experience the 24-hour/7-day care to gain an understanding of users’ experiences of healthcare. • European directives require that all adult nursing students must undertake practice experiences in relation to; - general and specialist medicine - general and specialist surgery - child care and paediatrics - maternity care - mental health and psychiatry - care of the old and geriatrics - home care • All students are of the university and therefore have access to all university resources and student support systems.