BSc Nursing Studies (Top-up)
At Edinburgh Napier University, we aim to be recognised as a University that is professional, ambitious, innovative and inclusive and the School of Health and Social Care aspires to provide you with an excellent, personalised student experience. In our dealings with you we will act with respect and integrity. We will create an environment to enable you to feel proud to be a student of the University, to feel confident and supported while being academically challenged to further and deepen your knowledge and skills. A wide consultation process was undertaken to ascertain feedback from all stakeholders (including current and former BSc Nursing Studies students, registered nurses, nurse managers, nurse educators, other healthcare personnel and patients) to enable the BSc Nursing Studies programme to be evaluated and revised to ensure it meets the needs of registered nurses working in contemporary healthcare practice.
This programme is designed specifically for registered nurses who wish to “top up” their academic qualifications to a BSc Nursing Studies award. The programme acknowledges the diversity of learning needs of professionals in the workplace, particularly those working in healthcare environments who are studying concurrently.
The BSc Nursing Studies curriculum aims to provide you with a programme of study that is relevant to contemporary nursing practice and will provide you with learning opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills to allow you to progress in your chosen sphere of nursing practice.
The programme is designed to provide a learning opportunity for registered nurses who hold either a diploma or a certificate in nursing to deepen their knowledge of evidence-based practice and develop a critical approach to integrated healthcare when they can effectively apply theory to their own nursing practice.
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|Modules (ALL COMPULSORY)|
|Trimester 1 (15 weeks)||Trimester 2 (15 weeks)||Trimester 3 (15 weeks)|
MANAGEMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES IN LONG TERM CONDITIONS
Medical and social models of care, Health outcomes; information and support, psychological consequences, social issues, cultural and spiritual issues, Self-management strategies, “Expert Patient” Programme, enabling role, partnership working, Ethical, advocacy and discrimination issues, Compliance/ concordance Cost-effectiveness and quality of life issues. Management of changed health status, complex problems/ co-morbidities, clinical guidelines/ protocols. Anticipatory care, multi and interdisciplinary working, role of NHS, social and voluntary sector, e-health, multiagency working, service user/ carers experiences.
PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN OLDER PEOPLE’S HEALTH
This module will help you explore the theories of ageing from a physical, psychological, social and cultural aspect. Older people and health care will be contextualised from a local and world-wide perspective and include exploration of the value of nursing theories when assessing, planning and evaluating nursing care.
You will be encouraged to use health care related policies, legislation and strategies; both local and international, to examine the importance of individualised approaches to meeting the, often complex healthcare needs of older people within communities and globally – as well as examine the impact of the ageing population on health related services.
Global demographics will be discussed and the issues of the old, old-old and oldest old will be highlighted. Strategies promoting healthy ageing will be discussed in relation to all cohorts of older people and to centenarians.
Your focus of this module will be on well-being and health promotion with consideration to the delivery of care to older people with acute and long-standing ill-health issues e.g. long term conditions such as stroke, COPD and mental health issues such as depression, alcohol and drug misuse and dementia. Age stratification of the old will be discussed in light of the additional considerations needed for the care of the frail old.
The module will utilise a strengths based approach to working with cohorts of older people to maximise independence and promote self-care.
Case examples and vignettes will be used to increase your opportunities to apply theories and frameworks and to maximise synthesis.
The themes of this module will be explored through a ‘virtual family’ which is based on the experiences of real service users and carers.
Factors influencing health: genetic inheritance; ageing process; sex; spirituality; psychological factors, e.g. personality; loss & bereavement; mental health and wellbeing; coping strategies – psychological & behavioural; environmental factors; cultural factors; nutrition; food groups; food labelling; exercise (effects of, and lack of); smoking and alcohol.
Public health: main issues and priorities: e.g. obesity, type 2 diabetes, inactivity, sexual health, mental health, drug & alcohol use; screening programmes (e.g. breast, cervical and bowel cancer); resource allocation. Health in the media: what gets attention and why; evaluating the evidence.
Health assessment and promotion: assessing health and use of assessment tools (e.g. BMI, diabetes risk score, Framingham, JBS2, ASSIGN, Q-risk); stages of change model; communication skills (e.g. assessing values and attitudes, negotiating, empowering, motivating); support strategies and interprofessional working (e.g. smoking cessation, young people with type 2 diabetes, drugs and alcohol addiction).
ADVANCING PRACTICE THROUGH RESEARCH
This module will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the different types of evidence that may be used to inform clinical practice. Specifically, you will explore different approaches to undertaking the research process, research methods and will have the opportunity to develop your skills to critique research and its relevance to practice. You will learn how to interpret statistical analyses and qualitative data analysis. You will reflect on the ethical and professional implications of research and you will also consider factors which promote or hinder the implementation of evidence to practice. This will enable you to focus on dissemination and communication of evidence in practice. After completion of this module you will have the knowledge and skills to be able to understand the research process, appraise evidence and evaluate its appropriateness for implementation in your practice.
EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE
On this module you will explore the principles of the following topic areas that will be discussed in the context of your field of nursing: Clinical Leadership; Clinical Governance; Patient Safety, Change Management and Risk Management. You will also explore partnership and team working and the associated essential communications skills that support effective partnerships. Opportunities to consider the role of the nurse in relation to teaching & learning, inter-professional education, clinical support & supervision will be explored. Management style and leadership qualities that are effective in health and social care settings will be discussed and theoretical aspects applied and explored in the context of your field of practice.
Management Theory: Motivation; Behavioural aspects of the individual and interaction of groups.
Leadership Theory and styles: Communication, Conflict, Delegation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Organisational Theory: Objectives, Operational Principles, Structure Characteristics, Inception and Growth. Systems approach to organisation.
Corporate Planning-Formulation of Company Policy: Models for Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Implementation of Strategy, Managing Change.
Project management principles: Definitions and overview, types of projects, portfolios, programmes and projects. The project life cycle: time, cost and quality. Creation and use of work breakdown structures (WBS), cost breakdown structures (CBS), and organisation breakdown structures (OBS). Time and resource scheduling, estimating. Project selection and making the business case, stakeholder identification and analysis of needs. Success criteria, success factors and performance indicators. The project plan.
Business organisational structures for project management: Functional and matrix organisations. Team building and team characteristics. Industrial team operations. Leadership and motivation. Communication methods, effective meetings. Reporting requirements and techniques. Negotiating; conflict management. The role of the programme/project office. Procurement, contractors and suppliers.
Risk Management: Definition of key terms. Evaluation of and planning for risk, risk ownership and reporting, risk register. Contingency planning. Costs and benefits. Health and safety and environmental considerations.
Project Control: Requirements management, issue log. Change: types of change; impact, change control procedures, information management. Configuration management. Monitoring and corrective action.
Tools for project management: Network methods. Creation and analysis of simple project plans using a computer-based tool.
Project Appraisal and Finance
Project life cycle. Feasibility Studies. Techniques of Economic Project Appraisal. Required Rates of Return on Project Investments. The Capital Asset Pricing Model. Identifying and Valuing Options. Cost Benefit Analysis of Public Sector Projects. Multi-criteria Analysis. International Capital Budgeting. Projects and Environmental Effects.
Project Finance. Domestic and International Financial Institutions. Multilateral Agencies. Financial Instruments. Syndicated Lending. Bonds. Financial Engineering. Derivative Products. Financial Options, futures and swaps. Costs of Raising Project Finance. Financing Infrastructure in Emerging Markets. Financing PFI/PPP Projects. Case Studies.
Production Management – analysis of construction strategies, physical production systems, on and off site production.
Production planning and programming: phase planning, progressive planning; programming techniques. Analysis of work study techniques and their use in productivity studies.
Resource Management: manpower planning, plant management; sub-contractor selection, control and co-ordination; materials purchasing and control system; supply chain management and lean construction.
The module addresses three areas of procurement, strategic issues, selection and decision making, operational and practical considerations, and performance measurement. The content covers aspects of the decision to build and procurement method selection on objective basis, use of professional advisors, procurement management, relative procurement efficiency, procedural stages and their discrete objectives, priorities and risks, project maintenance profiling. EU procurement directives and procurement abroad -commonality and divergence. Client value for money philosophy and techniques. Decision making process. Key performance indicators applied to procurement methods.
Project Risk Management
Philosophy of risk. Risk Management Methodology. Risk Identification. Risk Analysis. Management Response to Risk. Major Sources of Risk and Uncertainty.
Expected Monetary Value, Decision Tree Analysis. Sensitivity Analysis. Value of Perfect Information. Elicitation of Probabilistic Information. Utility Theory. Multi-attribute Utility Theory. Risk In Bidding Decisions. Reverse auctions. Risk and Property Auction Design. Risk Analysis Software. Monte Carlo Simulation. Human Aspects in Risk Analysis. Risk Allocation in Contracts. Insurance and Bonds. Risk in PFI/PPP Projects. Risk in International Project Investments. Portfolio Theory and Practice. Firm-wide Risk Management. Role of a risk Manager. Case Studies.
The student will learn about important elements of project management, such as planning, control, cost, problem solving skills, report writing and defend the outcome during a viva session. The project is normally completed during 13 weeks of full time research or part time equivalent, 26 weeks.
- Assessments are completed and submitted through the secure learning environment. The schedule for assessments is published in advance. There are no formal exams – assessment is by end of unit quizzes and end of module assignments.
- The programme consists of six compulsory modules. A standard module consists of 20 credits. You can complete in a minimum of one year or a maximum of 3 years.
- You must be a registered nurse and have successfully achieved 240 Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) credits (or equivalent) in nursing of which a minimum of 120 credits are at SCQF level 8 (or equivalent).
- Edinburgh Napier University provides numerous credit transfer opportunities. The modular scheme operated within the University accords with the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), so that credits are transferable and recognition of your prior learning will be given where possible.
- As a registered nurse, working either in the United Kingdom or overseas, your application to commence the BSc Nursing Studies programme will be considered on an individual basis and, taking into consideration your previous study and experience, you will be advised how many academic credits you will require to ‘top up’ to degree. Any academic credits you have gained within the last five years from Edinburgh Napier University or another higher education institution will be considered under the scheme of recognised prior learning (RPL) and this information will be used to calculate how many credits you require to undertake to complete the BSc Nursing Studies programme. Any credits gained longer than five years ago will be reviewed and you may be asked to submit a reflective account to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding. We will provide you with support in your reflective process and guidance on presenting your evidence.
- Entry to the BSc Nursing Studies programme with a professional nursing registration prior to 1996 will allow you to be recognised as having completed 240 SCQF credits (120 at level 7 and 120 at level 8). This will enable you to complete the BSc Nursing Studies programme by successfully achieving 120 SCQF credits (at level 9) to reach the required 360 SCQF credits to exit and be awarded with the degree.
- Entry to the BSc Nursing Studies programme with a professional diploma after 1996 will allow you to be recognised as having completed 300 SCQF credits (120 at level 7, 120 at level 8 and 60 at level 9). This will enable you to complete the BSc Nursing Studies programme by successfully achieving 60 credits (at level 9) to reach the required SCQF credits to exit and be awarded with the degree.