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Emergency Nursing BSc (Hons) / Postgraduate Certificate in; MSc; Professional Certificate

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Certificate: 1 year part-time; BSc and MSc: 2-5 years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

The course has been designed to support practitioners working in emergency care settings to develop critical specialist knowledge and skills in the field of emergency care. You will be enabled to effectively assess and manage patients within emergency settings to provide person centred care to individuals with complex conditions.

The course values are rooted in a commitment to practice excellence and in the delivery of emergency nursing care. This will be underpinned by the development of critical thinking to enable practitioners to implement evidence based practice and service improvement.

The course is designed as a professional development framework through which practitioners, and health service providers can meet and advance the standards of practice, develop research skills whilst also supporting staff to gain a relevant qualification and enhance career progression.

What you’ll study

The Emergency Nursing course, regardless of levels of study, includes modules that are part of the Institute of Health and Allied Professions collaborative programmes which means each course has elements that are co-designed, co-produced and co-delivered by Clinical experts at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

This course is available at the following levels:

  • Level 6 Professional Certificate (ProfCert)
  • Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
  • Undergraduate degree BSc (Hons)
  • Masters degree (MSc).

You can find out more about the module associated with each qualification below.

Core modules (60 credits)

Fundamentals in Emergency and Acute Medicine (30 credits)

This module will focus on the contemporary fundamental concepts in Acute Medicine and Emergency Care. Learners will develop their core knowledge and critical thinking skills within these specialities. Through a symptom-based focus, learners will improve their ability to assess patients, plan, manage and critically evaluate their care. This will be achieved through pre-learning, classroom-based, patient scenarios, simulation-based activities and completion of a work based portfolio.

Emergency Care (30 credits)

After completing the Fundamentals in Emergency and Acute Medicine module, you will focus on the Emergency Medicine speciality. You'll focus on gaining the key knowledge and skills required for developing expertise and confidence in this unique speciality. There will be a symptom-based focus to learning, with constant consideration of application to clinical practice.

Core modules (60 credits)

Fundamentals in Emergency and Acute Medicine (30 credits)

This module will focus on the contemporary fundamental concepts in Acute Medicine and Emergency Care. Learners will develop their core knowledge and critical thinking skills within these specialities. Through a symptom-based focus, learners will improve their ability to assess patients, plan, manage and critically evaluate their care. This will be achieved through pre-learning, classroom-based, patient scenarios, simulation-based activities and completion of a work based portfolio.

Emergency Care (30 credits)

After completing the Fundamentals in Emergency and Acute Medicine module, you will focus on the Emergency Medicine speciality. You'll focus on gaining the key knowledge and skills required for developing expertise and confidence in this unique speciality. There will be a symptom-based focus to learning, with constant consideration of application to clinical practice.

Core modules (120 credits)

Evidence in Clinical Practice (30 credits)

This module is about developing an understanding of evidence-based practice (EBP) and will explore key factors and barriers influencing the adoption of EBP in healthcare. The module will look at different types of evidence underpinning clinical practice and begin to determine the quality of evidence and its relative value to patient care and outcomes.

Fundamentals in Emergency and Acute Medicine (30 credits)

This module will focus on the contemporary fundamental concepts in Acute Medicine and Emergency Care. Learners will develop their core knowledge and critical thinking skills within these specialities. Through a symptom-based focus, learners will improve their ability to assess patients, plan, manage and critically evaluate their care. This will be achieved through pre-learning, classroom-based, patient scenarios, simulation-based activities and completion of a work based portfolio.

Emergency Care (30 credits)

After completing the Fundamentals in Emergency and Acute Medicine module, you will focus on the Emergency Medicine speciality. You'll focus on gaining the key knowledge and skills required for developing expertise and confidence in this unique speciality. There will be a symptom-based focus to learning, with constant consideration of application to clinical practice.

Independent Study: Nursing and Health & Social Care Practice (30 credits)

This independent study module provides you with the opportunity for originality and intellectual independence into a specific area of your clinical practice. Students will be able to choose between an impact study (e.g. service evaluation or audit), a clinical change project, or critical review of clinical practice. The module aims to support you in developing a theoretical foundation for your chosen project by providing you with an opportunity to explore and evidence your learning in your chosen field. You will engage in analysis, interpretation and comparison of data, and integrate the knowledge, understanding and skills gained from your previous studies.

Core modules (150 credits)

Fundamentals in Emergency and Acute Medicine (30 credits)

This module will focus on the contemporary fundamental concepts in Acute Medicine and Emergency Care. Learners will develop their core knowledge and critical thinking skills within these specialities. Through a symptom-based focus, learners will improve their ability to assess patients, plan, manage and critically evaluate their care. This will be achieved through pre-learning, classroom-based, patient scenarios, simulation-based activities and completion of a work based portfolio.

Emergency Care (30 credits)

After completing the Fundamentals in Emergency and Acute Medicine module, you will focus on the Emergency Medicine speciality. You'll focus on gaining the key knowledge and skills required for developing expertise and confidence in this unique speciality. There will be a symptom-based focus to learning, with constant consideration of application to clinical practice.

Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care (30 credits)

This module explores contemporary issues and debates in health research. The module will prepare you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake research in your chosen field of professional practice.

Independent Study (60 credits)

This module provides you with the opportunity for originality and intellectual independence into specific area of your practice. You will be able to choose between an impact study (e.g., service evaluation or audit), a clinical change project, or critical review of practice.

Optional modules (30 credits)

Leadership in Nursing, Health & Social Care Practice (30 credits)

The module will consider contemporary leadership theory, policy and research and will engage learners in critical reflection on their leadership approach. It aims to support you to develop a critical awareness of different leadership theories and styles, critically analyse the challenges facing leaders working in healthcare and/or social care environment, construct strategies to lead change and innovation in their local area, and consider the role of the leader in addressing resilience of self and colleagues in the healthcare and/or social care environment.

Maintaining Function and Quality of Life in the Frail Person (30 credits)

On this module you will consolidate your understanding of person centred care, re-enablement and the wider determinants of health, and critically evaluate your working practice with emphasis on families and carers as partners in care; and collaborative practice across care settings. You will critically reflect on your clinical practice and identify your strengths and limitations, with particular reference to Advanced Care Planning and shared decisions for End of Life Care. Our aim is to produce Health Care of Frail People practitioners who demonstrate that they have developed effective and competent practice, informed by appropriate theory, research and skills to promote optimal outcomes for people living with frailty and comorbidity You will be able to demonstrate effective leadership and communication through observed practice and assignment work.

Understanding, Identifying, Assessing and Managing Frailty (30 credits)

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the pathophysiology of aging, concepts of frailty and the comprehensive geriatric assessment. The module considers contemporary approaches to the assessment and management of people living with frailty including management of frailty syndromes, along with strategies to promote patient engagement and participation in self-management.

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Non-Medical Practitioners (40 credits)

This module will provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to meet the NMC and HCPC standards for Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Non-medical prescribers. You will develop your skills to be able to assess, diagnose and prescribe for a range of conditions, be introduced to the knowledge and skills to work in partnership with other professionals to deliver evidence-based care in diverse health and social care settings, and be equipped with professional values and behaviours to demonstrate self-awareness, leadership and resilience.

Clinical Assessment and Management in Emergency and Urgent Care Practice (30 credits)

This module aims to Produce practitioners who promote optimal outcomes and demonstrate effective and competent practice in clinical assessment and management in both face to face and via remote methodologies, for patients presenting with undiagnosed and undifferentiated urgent or emergent injury or illness

Contemporary Development in Emergency and Urgent Care Practice (30 credits)

This module is designed to support registered health care practitioners working in the Emergency and Urgent Care who want to develop their knowledge and skills in the management of patients presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed injury and illness.

Innovation in Nursing, Health and Social Care Practice (30 credits)

In this module you will explore creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in nursing, health and social care. You'll critically analyse approaches to creative problem solving, and you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to innovate in response to an ever-changing environment and associated challenges.

Fundamentals of Neonatal Care (30 credits)

In this module you will gain a critical understanding of anatomy and pathophysiology, which informs neonatal care and therapeutic interventions in the low dependency and special care settings. You will critically analyse research, evidence and professional guidance to inform family-centred care, and analyse leadership strategies which facilitate collaboration and the efficient use of resources for the effective performance of the team. You will critically appraise the psychosocial and cultural needs of the family unit in the neonatal setting, communicate knowledge & associated clinical reasoning to peers drawing on complex situations to synthesise decision making, develop therapeutic relationships between the family unit and the MDT, and develop critical reflective skills to enhance personal & professional development.

Fundamentals of Renal Care (30 credits)

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease. The module considers contemporary approaches to the assessment and management of renal conditions, along with strategies to promote patient engagement and participation in self-management.

Contemporary Approaches in Renal Disease (30 credits)

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of active therapeutic interventions which are used in the management of renal pathology. The module also considers contemporary approaches to leadership to facilitate effective collaboration and effective performance of the multidisciplinary team.

How you’re taught

Delivery mode

The teaching strategy is multi-modal and  adopts a blended approach, with a clear commitment to face-to-face teaching and learning supported by online learning materials, small group discussions, presentations and practical exercises. Lectures will develop students’ subject knowledge and understanding and will aim to build on previous learning.

Throughout the course, each module will encourage students to not only examine the knowledge and skills requirements for advanced and competent practice, it will also explore specific themes, based upon experiences in practice. In this way students will be able to integrate learning across the “theory and practice” divide and to emphasise the importance of the practice component. Where appropriate, learning on the course will be led and enhanced by the contributions of external professional staff with specialist expertise. This co-delivery of education will enable learners to benefit from both clinical and academic expertise to augment their learning and provides a symbiotic approach to professional development.

Clinical area

Students should work within an appropriate healthcare setting while studying this course. This will enable students to reflect on their current practice and apply the knowledge and skills that are learned throughout the course. The course will also use case studies relating to the specialty and workplace along with discussion of professional practice to facilitate the integration of theory and practice.

How you’re assessed

Prof/PG Certificate

  • Viva
  • Observed structured clinical examination
  • Written assignment
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Portfolio

BSc

  • Critical review of the literature
  • Viva
  • Observed structured clinical examination
  • Written assignment
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Project report
  • Portfolio

MSc

  • Research proposal
  • Viva
  • Observed structured clinical examination
  • Written assignment
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Project report
  • Portfolio

Campus and facilities

The purpose-built Health & Allied Professions (HAP) Centre is home to our world-class teaching, practice, research and scholarship in the Institute of Health and Allied Professions (IHAP).

As a student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the newly refurbished clinical skills centre in the Lionel Robbins building and other facilities at Clifton campus, including:

  • clinical skills areas
  • lecturer theatres and teaching classrooms
  • open access PC's and secure wireless points
  • study areas and social spaces
  • Pavilion cafe
  • The Point Student Union

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms, Laptop loan stations and PC clusters are distributed across the Clifton Campus, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services

Book and library resources

In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our:

  • electronic resources
  • journals
  • books

We have learner support coordinators and librarians who are available to support your studies, assist you in searching for print and electronic resources. They can also help you with academic writing and skills such as Harvard referencing.

Entry requirements

MSc and PGCert qualification

  • Applicants will be registered health professionals currently practicing in an appropriate acute care setting
  • Candidates will be required to evidence previous study at Level 6, or the ability to study at Level 7

BSc and ProfCert qualification

  • Applicants will be registered health professionals currently practicing in an appropriate acute care setting

Fees and funding

Level of studyCourse cost
ProfCert and PGCert£2,600
BSc£4,800
MSc£7,800

*Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Please contact the SOC.cpd@ntu.ac.uk inbox for your registration form. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

This course is not open to international students.

Keeping up to date

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Good luck with your application!