Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work Based Learning (SNM3262/SNM674)

This page gives details of both the undergraduate degree module (level 6) and post graduate masters module (level 7). Both units are delivered as a shared module with individual assessment modes.

Who is it for?

This unit is for nurses who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You must have either an Advanced Diploma in adult or children's nursing (level 6 applicants) or a relevant Nursing Degree (for level 7 applicants); and currently by employed within the neonatal environment. You must have at least 6 months experience of working in a neonatal environment before commencing this module. The module is part of a suite of modules that run over year one as part of the:

NURU144 BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Neonatal Intensive Care) - SNM3262

or

NURT78 Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Intensive Care - (Masters in Advanced Practice) SNM674

Please be clear when applying for the QIS (qualification in speciality) which level of module you require.

Please note that this module runs concurrently with SNM3263/SNM3264 (level 6) and SNM673/SNM672 (level 7)

Overview of content:

  • To explore and identify contemporary issues in neonatal practice whilst critically reflecting on personal development
  • Themes include policy, practice, education and research, management, leadership and reflexive frameworks for critical evaluation of practice
  • In partnership with clinical supervisors, students develop their defined (RCN and BAPM) and individual bespoke skills
  • Students will develop their skills in IT through either a poster or pamphlet negotiated with their clinical area
  • Presentation skills, linked to the assessment will be further developed
  • Assessment includes submission of an electronic learning contract with a skills log of achievement and an academic assignment

What is it about?

Work based learning (WBL) combines the best of academic and practice learning.  Defined as 'learning for work, at work and through work' it requires a professional knowledge base acquired in the workplace.  Using a WBL approach, this module provides study within a framework to explore and identify contemporary issues in neonatal practice whilst critically reflecting on personal development.  In partnership with clinical supervisors, students develop their individual electronic learning contract incorporating bespoke skills relevant to their specialist practice and clinical work environment.  Assessment includes submission of an electronic learning contract with a skills log of achievement and an academic assignment.

How does it enhance your personal practice?

This unit is designed to run concurrently with SNM3623/SNM3624 and SNM673/SNM672.  It enables neonatal nurses to develop and apply knowledge to theory learnt in the classroom to the neonatal environment.  The design of the unit gives you an opportunity to explore psychosocial care in greater depth.  Completing an electronic portfolio that encompasses your knowledge and skills development will be an excellent resource for NMC revalidation.  Completion of this module contributes towards the Higher Education England descriptors for neonatal nurse training: QIS (qualification in speciality).

The 20 level 6 academic credit awarded on successful completion of this unit (SNM3262) can be used towards becoming a QIS with a Degree in Neonatal Intensive Care.

The 30 level 7 academic credit awarded on successful completion of this unit (SNM674) can be used towards becoming QIS with a Post Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Intensive Care.

Mode of Assessment:

Part 1  (SNM3262) Develop and present a family information leaflet that addresses a clinical need that you have identified in the workplace environment (level 6).

Part 1 (SNM674) Develop and present a poster suitable for a conference/study day that focuses on a clinical issue that you wish to explore and links to a competency statement with in the WBL (level 7).

Part 2 (Both SNM3262 and SNM674) Submission of a completed bespoke skills log via electronic portfolio.

Marking grids and learning outcomes will be provided at the beginning of the module that reflect the level of assessment

Links to Professional/Academic Award:

BMedSci (Hons) (Neonatal Intensive Care) - level 6
PGCert in Neonatal Intensive Care - level 7
Masters in Advancing Practice - level 7

Credit:

20 credits at level 6 and 30 credits at level 7

Where this unit fits into the Course Structure:

BMedSci (Hons) Neonatal Intensive Care

60 credits from:

SNM3263 - Stabilisation and Management of the Special Care Baby (20 credits)
SNM3264 - Care of the Critically Ill Neonate (20 credits)
SNM3262 - Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work based Learning (20 credits)

20 credits from:

SNM3182 - Promoting Evidence Based Practice

40 credits from:

SNM3016 - Developing Clinical Practice (40 credits) or
SNM3136 - Dissertation (40 credits)

Students cannot commence the dissertation unit until they have successfully completed 80 credits which must include the QIS modules (60 credits) plus the evidence based practice (20 credits).

PGCert Neonatal Intensive Care

In order to gain the full Postgraduate Certificate award, students must complete the three compulsory units. The units run once a year - please note that SNM673 (semester 1) must be completed before assessing SNM672 (semester 2). SNM674 runs from September to June (inclusive).

SNM673 - Stabilisation and Management of the Special Care Baby (15 credits)
SNM672 - Care of the Critically Ill Neonate (15 credits)
SNM674 - Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work based Learning (30 credits)

Start Date: 3 May 2018

Attendance Dates: 03.05.18, 17.05.18, 31.05.18, 28.06.18, 12.07.18, 12.09.18, 26.09.18, 10.10.18, 07.11.18, 21.11.18

Start Date: 5 September 2018

Attendance Dates: 05.09.18, 19.09.18, 17.10.18, 31.10.18, 14.11.18, 30.01.19, 13.02.19, 27.02.19, 13.03.19, 27.03.19

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by selecting the "apply" link at the top right of this page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form. Details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site. Please see a map below of the Central Campus.

Central-Campus-Map

Programme Leader/Contact Name:

Barbara Howard

Tel: 0114 222 2063 Email: b.w.howard@sheffield.ac.uk