The Specialist Practitioner District Nursing course is fully funded by the Welsh Government and gives you a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the contemporary primary and community health agenda. It is focused towards inspiring, innovating and implementing improvements in the quality of specialist district nursing care, and will support your progression towards becoming a district nursing leader of the future.
District nursing means working collaboratively with patients, family, carers, other community nurses, health professionals and individuals from both statutory and voluntary organisations. The Specialist Practitioner District Nursing course will focus towards enhancement of leadership skills, reflective inquiry, self-awareness, assertiveness and critical thinking skills. Excellence in case load management is also fostered. This Specialist Practitioner District Nursing degree meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for community nursing specialist practice. When you successfully complete this degree, you will have the NMC recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Health District Nursing.
* If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.
The practice project involves critically analysing the existing evidence base in your area of specialist practice.
Optional modules will be decided at the end of year one. Students must study 60 credits per year.
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study, workshops and a clinical placement. As part of the course you will complete 40 academic days which run from September to May.
Year one requires attendance every Tuesday. In your second year lectures will be delivered on various days depending on which modules you choose. In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not, placements may be negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence. All students are required to organise a tripartite meeting between student, mentor and academic supervisor during the first month in order to set objectives for clinical learning.
You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.
The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).
As part of the course all students will undertake 40 days in clinical practice. Students are responsible for organising tripartite meetings with their mentor and academic supervisor in clinical practice during the first month in order to set individualised objectives for clinical learning. Clinical placement dates are negotiated and agreed by the mentor or health board.
The University works closely with the following health boards: Cwm Taf University Health Board, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board , Powys Teaching Health Board , Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
As part of the Decision Making module you will use the Hydra Suite which is used to help analyse and improve decision making for a variety of scenarios faced by professionals within district nursing.
Applicants must have a first level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Ideally applicants will be working as a qualified nurse in the community before enrolment. You must have acquired a credit rating of 120 credits at Level 5 (Diploma).
If you have not achieved 120 Level 5 credits, there is a process of accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) you can undertake.
Fees: This course is fully funded by the Welsh Government.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
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Students have to cover their travel costs for their placement. The costs vary, depending on location.
Undertaking this District Nursing course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Employers such as the Welsh Government, commissioners and nursing managers value this specialist practitioner qualification.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.