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Practice Nursing BSc

 The Practice Nursing programme of 60 credits at level 6 (undergraduate) was developed to address the issues of recruitment and competency across the East Midlands region.

Overview

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The Practice Nursing programme of 60 credits at level 6 (undergraduate) and was developed to address the issues of recruitment and competency across the East Midlands region. This programme can also be studied at postgraduate level (level 7).

It aims to prepare registered nurses who have not worked in general practice before to have a baseline competence in the General Practice Nursing (GPN) role through both theoretical and practice learning. This will allow employers in the future to expect a safe, competence practice nurse and a certain level of consistency in terms of knowledge, skills and competence.

This programme was shortlisted for a Health Services Journal Award – Workforce category in 2014.

This programme incorporates academic learning and work based learning and includes key clinical skills required for General Practice Nursing which include venepuncture, ear care, wound management and cervical cytology.

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form

Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Programme Leader

Alison Brindley
E: Allison.brindley@dmu.ac.uk
T: 0116 257 7126

 

Reasons to study Practice Nursing at DMU:

  • Flexible study options allow you to study at a level to suit your professional needs; with progression opportunities from undergraduate level to PG Cert
  • Our team of experienced academics are all specialist practice and community nurses, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice and a wide range of issues and contemporary debates in the field
  • Benefit from direct input and visiting lecturers from experienced practitioners in the field; broadening your perspective of practice nursing regionally and nationally
  • Inter-professional learning develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team 
  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: B70095

Module code: PNUR 3000

Duration: 40 weeks over two semesters

Attendance: 17 days of theoretical content, usually on Thursdays

Location: This programme accepts students from across the East Midlands and is usually taught at De Montfort University.

Fees and funding: This programme is currently supported by the Local Education Training Board and Health Education East Midlands. Employers are required to pay a £500 contribution towards the cost of the programme. For students outside of the East Midlands please contact:

Alison Brindley
E: Allison.brindley@dmu.ac.uk
T: 0116 257 7126

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

 

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Key facts for international students

Not available to international students

Entry criteria

  • All students must have an effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • They should also possess 120 credits at levels 4 and 5 And have the ability to study successfully at degree level (level 6)
  • Students should demonstrate evidence of recent study (usually within the last 5 years)
  • Employed as a general practice nurse by the start of the programme
  • Students will be required to provide a current CRB/ DBS disclosure

 OR

  • All students must have an effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Students should have a minimum of three years post-registration experience, within a health practice setting
  • They must also possess 120 credits at level 4 and a minimum of 30 credits at level 5 and have the ability to study successfully at degree level (level 6)
  • Employed as a general practice nurse by the start of the programme
  • Applicants who fall short of the above entry requirements may use the APA mechanism to contribute towards the above criteria. 

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

BSc General Practice Nursing
Introduction to Practice Nursing (60 credits, level six).

The Introduction to Practice Nursing is a 60 credit module that runs over two semesters. The end of the module assesses achievement of the standards set by Working in Partnership Programme (RCN 2012) i.e. The GPN Career Framework for Level five Practitioners.

Academic expertise

The course adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate the learning of a professional group; aiming to be efficient and motivating in the transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge, and to engage positively in actively negotiating, constructing and evaluating learning. Strategies include; Teacher-led sessions Student-led seminars and presentations Discussions and tutorials Independent study Focused reflection as well as a range of experiential teaching methods.

September 2017

This Cohort will be delivered at De Montfort University Leicester on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 27 September 
  • Thursday 28 September
  • Thursday 5 October
  • Thursday 12 October
  • Tuesday 17 October 
  • Wednesday 18 October
  • Thursday 26 October
  • Thursday 2 November
  • Thursday 9 November
  • Thursday 16  November
  • Thursday 23 November
  • Thursday 30 November
  • Thursday 7 December
  • Thursday 14 December
  • Thursday 4 January
  • Thursday 11 January
  • Friday 16 March

January 2018

This Cohort will be delivered at De Montfort University Leicester on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 31 January
  • Thursday 1 February
  • Thursday 8th February
  • Thursday 15 February
  • Tuesday 20 February
  • Wednesday 21 February
  • Thursday 1 March
  • Thursday 8 March
  • Thursday 15 March
  • Thursday 22 March
  • Thursday 12 April
  • Thursday 19 April
  • Thursday 26 April
  • Thursday 3 May
  • Thursday 10 May
  • Thursday 17 May
  • Thursday 12 July

A key strength of our team is that they are experienced and specialist Practice and Community nurses; familiar with a wide range of accompanying issues and contemporary debates.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of practice nursing regionally and nationally.

 

Facilities and features

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facilities

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

 
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Graduate careers

There will be an increasing clinical service load in primary care with the trend to devolve clinical responsibility from secondary care. Practice nurses now are diverse in their management of health including Quality Outcome Framework (QOF) with many having acquired specialist skills and knowledge e.g. in long term conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

Further, Practice Nurses are often first point of contact in terms of public health promotion and intervention, signposting and identifying onset of conditions. This, in turn, with appropriate treatment, can lead to reduced admissions to specialist services. A graduate, or postgraduate, academic qualification in General Practice Nursing will enable you to fulfill your role as Practice Nurse

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Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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