MMedSci Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NURT96)
Who is it for?
This programme is for neonatal nurses who have been educated to degree level or above and have worked in a neonatal environment since achieving qualification in speciality (QIS) or equivalent. It is for nurses who are already demonstrating aspects of leadership and management potential with a level of clinical expertise commensurate with a future role as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner. Evidence of a first degree minimum 2.2 (or equivalent) in a relevant healthcare subject from an approved HEI.
Rationale for award
As part of the post graduate framework within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, this award enhances the suite of programmes offered to neonatal practitioners as part of their continuing professional development and lifelong learning. The development of the award has, in part, been driven by NHS directives, in particular The European Working Time directives (EWTD) that were implemented in 2007. These directives set strict restrictions on the working hours of junior doctors and have challenged staffing and resources needs within neonatal units. At the same time the NHS modernisation agenda embraced the concept of advanced nursing practice, and new ways of working within multidisciplinary teams. Neonatal nursing has been at the forefront of this development. The School of Nursing and Midwifery, as a response to clinical demand and external drivers, has developed an award that will enhance the delivery of complex care of neonates and their families in a dynamic and ever changing environment.
What is it about?
The School of Nursing and Midwifery is committed to providing opportunities for practitioners working within the context of neonatal care to advance clinically and professionally. This course equips neonatal nurses to advance their practice and, by definition, become the future leaders of neonatal nursing practice playing a key role in the multidisciplinary neonatal team making key decisions about practice, leadership and management.
How will it advance practice?
During the course students will be actively involved in reflective professional conversations about clinical practice in workshops driven by real clinical scenarios complimenting clinical teaching and skill acquisition at the cot side. This approach will contribute to establishing critical thinking and mastery of broader contemporary knowledge, skills and attributes commensurate with their developing ANNP role. A combination of theory and practice that encourages critical thinking, analysis and self awareness will prepare the students for working across traditional boundaries and learning how to deal with uncertainty that is inherent within an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner role.
Overview of content
During the programme, students will have an opportunity to gain mastery in what is a multifaceted clinical nursing role. Content encompasses an in-depth review of biosciences and pathophysiology as applied to the neonate; neonatal health assessment and diagnostic reasoning; advanced clinical skills acquisition, complex neonatal nursing; evidence base for practice; leadership, autonomy, advocacy, accountability and responsibility.
Modes of assessment
Portfolio of learning: skills log; case study presentations
Professional conversations/reflective workshops
OSCE - objective structured clinical exam
EMSQs - formative and summative (multiple choice style questions under exam conditions)
Assignment - Report writing
The annual tuition fee for 'home' self funding or sponsored students for the academic year 2017/18 is £2,830 and for the academic year 2018/19 is £3,033. LBR funding may be available, subject to eligibility and availability. Please refer to our funding pages for further information.