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.
|Modules (ALL COMPULSORY)|
MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASE
well as the impact on family, friends, and carers. You will focus your learning on a particular chronic disease that are health
priorities globally and local and national contexts. They are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer.
PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN OLDER PEOPLES’ 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
EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE
PROFESSIONAL, ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE
Earn a world class BSc Nursing for under $5,000.
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.
Procurement StrategyThe 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.
DissertationThe 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 modules i.e. 5 x 20 credits plus 1 x 40 credits. You can complete in a minimum of 15 months or a maximum of 3 years.
- You must be a registered nurse and have an Associate Degree or equivalent. Those with higher qualifications may be exempt from 1 x 20 credit module.