SNM3255/652 Advancing Renal Nursing Practice (Online)

Who is this for?

This module is aimed at NMC Registered Nurses who have gained a minimum of 2 years experience in caring for patients with renal disease and wish to further enhance their knowledge and skills. It is preferable that applicants have completed prior learning on a course/module that focuses on caring for patients with renal disease. This can include successful completion of the Care and Management of the Renal Patient module. The Advancing Practice module is intended for staff who wish to work towards more senior roles or who are already in such roles and wish to build on their knowledge and experience.

How does it enhance practice?

Completion of this module will provide students with a deeper and broader understanding of the complex needs of renal patients within the context of changing healthcare provision and the use of evidence based practice. It is envisaged that students will progress into senior roles and act as change agents in the future. As part of the online learning, students are expected to complete a series of activities that support further learning in the subject area and encourage reflection on their own practice.

What is it about?

For the purposes of this module, an Advanced Renal Nurse is someone who has a comprehensive knowledge of renal care and an understanding of the various ‘patient journeys’ that individuals in their care may follow. Facilitated by clinical experts, the module aims to provide an in-depth look at renal disease, enabling the student to examine their own practice in relation to caring for patients with complex care needs. Contemporary issues, communication, management and leadership considerations will provide the background information needed to meet the challenging clinical situations faced by senior nurses within the renal environment. The module encourages students to reflect on current practice, identify areas for improvement and apply the evidence base to suggest and implement possible changes.

The following areas are explored as part of the online learning materials:

• Information sources and sharing information
• Leadership and management
• Cardiac and renal
• Nutritional concerns
• Renal Pharmacology
• Patient empowerment
• Contemporary issues in renal care
• Complex care needs

It is expected that the student will utilise adult learning principles and identify gaps within their own knowledge and skills, using the resources available to them to formulate a plan and meet their personal learning goals. The module is structured in a way that promotes discussion and collaboration between students, learning from each other’s experiences and viewpoints. It is tailored to meet the needs of clinicians working in practice and examines current national and local policy, Government and renal organisation guidelines, frameworks and best practice in the identification, treatment and management of renal disease. As the module is an online course and covers a wide range of renal related subject matter, it requires a strong level of commitment and students are expected to spend 7 – 10 hours per week to meet the requirements of the course and to achieve the greatest benefit.

Mode of Assessment

Assessment is formal and students are required to write a 4,000 word (degree level) or 3000 word (masters level) reflective assignment to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes and considered the implications for their own clinical practice. The assignment topic is of the student’s choosing, ensuring the work produced can be used to support possible future improvements and changes to practice, directly benefitting their practice area.

Links to academic awards

BMedSci (Hons) Health & Social Care Studies (Renal Nursing) Online
BMedSci (Hons) Health & Social Care Studies (Ongoing & Supportive Care)
BMedSci (Hons) Health & Social Care Studies (Primary Care and Public Health)
MMedSci Advancing Practice
PGCert in Long Term Conditions


SNM3255 20 credits at level 6 (Degree)
SNM652 15 credits at level 7 (Masters)

Course Structure

The course is delivered entirely online. The first week is spent familiarising with the online module content and features regular online live discussions at set times. The dates and times for these will be forwarded prior to commencement of the module. The first 8 weeks of the module are spent completing the online course materials. The remainder of the module is spent working on the assignment, with support from the Programme Leader.

Start Dates:

25 February 2019

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.

Programme Leader/Contact Name

Andrea Fox
Tel: 0114 222 2079 Email: