BMedSci Renal Nursing Care

Course code NURU148

The emphasis of this degree course is for students to explore pertinent issues within their own areas of practice and apply the evidence-base to suggest possible solutions and make changes to improve the care delivered.


Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for healthcare professionals who are involved in the care and management of those with renal disease who wish to undertake online study on a part-time basis. You'll be required to use reflections from your clinical area to support the assessment of the academic outcomes. It is, therefore, necessary for you to be engaged in clinical practice and have clinical experience in caring for and managing those with renal disease.

It is advisable for applicants to have support from their Line Manager.

What is the course about?

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the evidence-base relating to health interventions delivered in the care of patients with varying stages of renal disease.
  • Critically reflect upon and evaluate current approaches to care delivery in the clinical setting of the individual student.
  • Develop specialist knowledge and skills in order to deliver, and/or promote the delivery of, evidence-based practice that addresses the physiological, psychological, sociological and cultural needs of the patient with renal disease, within the context of multi-agency care teams.
  • Develop inter-professional learning, team-working and collaboration skills through discussion and reflection on practice with other students/health care workers
  • Evaluate care delivered through the critical application of specialist knowledge and skills to meet the needs of patients with renal disease, together with a broader understanding of health promotion and health care provision.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the use of professional and clinical decision making skills in order to create and maintain an environment in which carers and clients are enabled to make informed choices.

    How does it enhance practice?

    The emphasis on this degree course is for students to explore pertinent issues within their own areas of practice and apply the evidence base to suggest possible solutions and make changes to improve the care delivered.

    KDIGO, European and UK National Frameworks and guidelines underpin the learning resources and outcomes within the modules on offer. You will not only have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the care of patients with renal disease but also how that care is delivered, use of information sources and the development of technical skills.

    Course Structure

    The course is designed to be undertaken completely online via the University Learning Environment and live online discussion forums.

    The pathway will consist of the following compulsory modules:

    SNM3254 - Care and Management of the Renal Patient (Online) 20 credits

    SNM3255 - Advancing Renal Nursing Practice (Online) 20 credits

    SNM3258 - Recognising and Responding to Patient Deterioration (Online) 20 credits

    SNM3257 - Evidence-Based Practice (Online) 20 credits

    SNM3256 - Developing Clinical Practice (Online) 40 credits

    If you have already completed SNM3230 Advanced Renal Nursing Practice and/or SNM3321Care and Management of the Renal Patient modules, the credits will be counted towards the online degree.

    If you'd like more information about this course, please contact Andrea Fox on +44 114 222 2079 or andrea.fox@sheffield.ac.uk.