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Nursing (Adult) (Pre-registration programme) PGDip

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Nursing PGDip (Adult) (Pre-registration programme)

Code
BR40
Start
18 September 2017
Duration
2 years full-time (subject to gaining Accreditation for Prior Learning)
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
Please refer to the Fees and Funding tab
Course leader
David Price

Requiring compassion, communication and care, nursing is a challenging but hugely rewarding occupation. The profession has changed over the last decade and is now at the heart of major developments in the NHS. In studying at Middlesex, you will learn a range of nursing skills and techniques to effectively care for adult patients. Problem-solving and critical decision-making will become second nature, and you will become confident working collaboratively in teams.

Why study PGDip Nursing (Adult) at Middlesex University?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Adult field) provides an opportunity to gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in just two years. The course is primarily suited to graduates with health related degrees, however graduates in other subjects are actively encouraged to apply.

Developed in close consultation with our Trust partners (both acute and primary care), service users and previous students, this innovative diploma consists of an equal split between theory and practice. You will be equipped with a range of essential nursing skills and techniques in order to effectively care for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments. We will develop your presence of mind and flexibility required to juggle the needs of multiple patients at the same time. Communication skills are fundamental to being a successful nurse, therefore you must have the personal skills to ease tension and anxiety in testing circumstances.

As part of your training you'll learn how to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for adults of all ages possessing a range of health conditions. There's plenty to learn in an ever-evolving, high pressure environment, so it's essential that you're observant and able to assess what is best for each individual.

Course highlights

  • Middlesex is a leading provider of nursing and midwifery education, with one of the highest student satisfaction ratings in London
  • We're also highly rated for our student support, which particularly helps students with non-traditional qualifications reach their potential
  • Your studies are supported by brand new state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a dedicated building that can deliver a range of high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with seriously ill patients
  • The course is funded by the Department of Health, so there are no tuition fees
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the PGDip Nursing (Adult)?

This course consists of 50% theory and 50% practice. You will receive Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) / Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for the following modules, in recognition of your previous study and relevant experience:

  • Graduate and Transferable Skills in Postgraduate Studies (30 credits)
  • Health and Social Sciences Research Approaches (30 credits)
  • Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice (30 credits)
  • Year 1 Modules

    • Working in Partnership in Healthcare (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This year one module prepares student nurses to work in partnership with other members of the multidisciplinary team. You will be taught about the concept of the NHS and the many different services involved in order to provided uniformed and holistic care.

    • Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice (30 Credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to prepare you with the requirements for future professional practice including the analysis and decision making in practice. A variety of learning strategies are employed in order to facilitate a robust foundation for you in areas such as key clinical skill acquisition and underpinning core elements of anatomy and physiology. In addition, supporting concepts such as professional attitude, communication, team working and health promotion are also included to ensure that you are fit for both purpose and practice.

    • Managing Care of the Adult Patient (30 Credits) – Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to prepare you to manage adults with acute and long term care needs. You will be expected to draw on patterns of health and diversity in order to provide a rational for clinical decision making. You will address ethical and legal issues related to safe clinical judgements. This module will be assessed with an exam.

    • Practice Learning 1 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory

      This module is practice based and provides you with a variety of practice experiences reflecting the 4 fields of nursing, in line with the NMC Standards for Education. You will build on the knowledge and skills developed in your previous modules and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence and Essential Skills Clusters to meet Progression Point 1. This module will be assessed with the Practice Learning Document.

    • Practice Learning 2 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides you with a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in adult care, in line with the NMC requirements for registration. You will build on the knowledge and skills developed to date and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence and Essential Skills Clusters in order to achieve the NMC criteria for Progression point 2. This module will be assessed with the Practice Learning Document.

    • Practice Learning 3 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides you with a range of practice learning opportunities across a variety of practice experiences in adult nursing, in line with the NMC requirements for registration. You will build on the knowledge and skills developed to date and be supported in meeting the generic and specific field standards for competence in order to achieve the NMC criteria for registration. You will be assessed by a sign-off mentor during your 14 week period of continuous practice as well as with the Practice Learning Document.

  • Year 2 Modules

    • Preparation for Professional Practice in Adult Nursing (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module prepares student nurses for professional registration and equips them with the knowledge needed to work as proficient nurses. You will be taught how to deal with and manage ethical dilemmas, the legal aspects of nursing, as well as working in according to the NMC code of conduct in order to provide safe and effective care.

    • Managing Care of the Patient with Complex Needs (30 Credits) – Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to build on the knowledge and understanding gained in previous modules. In doing so, you will be able to effectively manage the care of a patient with complex care needs in a variety of health care settings. It will provide you with the ability to recognise and respond to changes in the patient condition safely, appropriately and competently. You will be able to defend judgements and clinical decisions. This module will be assessed via OSCE.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the PGDip Nursing (Adult) taught?

The learning, teaching and assessment approaches used throughout your programme will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning and to co-operate with other students.

Theory Sessions
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches and this course will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively.

Your learning will be supported by technology and this programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools such as online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Practice Learning
As nursing is a practice based profession, this course focuses on preparing you for future roles and responsibilities within a range of practice settings. You will be directed towards the achievement of professional competency with a requirement that you complete 50% of this programme in practice settings. This relates to a minimum of 2,300 hours of practice in order to support you in meeting the ‘Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Registration’ (NMC 2010).

Additional features to this course:

  • Group work will be used throughout the programme to enable students to share their experiences and perceptions, to share good practice and discuss challenges faced within set time frames
  • Skills and Practical Workshops will focus on developing clinical skills and abilities utilising underpinning theory. You will have the opportunity to practice and rehearse within secure and safe environments such as skills laboratories.
  • Individual and Group tutorials may be used to provide individual or a small group tutorial to support you.
  • Lectures will introduce key information, concepts and theories. When used they will be followed up with seminars and group work to ensure clarity and understanding of the concepts introduced, and to maximise the integration of theory and practice
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How can the PGDip Nursing (Adult) support your career?

On successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible to enter the professional register for nursing. You will receive career guidance from a professional development tutor and take part in a workshop to discuss jobs opportunities within the various trusts.

Employment prospects in the nursing field are excellent with almost 90% of our students in employment six months after graduation. There are many well-paid nursing jobs within both the NHS and private sector.

Our nursing graduates have gone on to work in roles including nurse, health coordinator, ITU critical care specialist, ward manager and ward sister, in hospitals including: North Middlesex, Whittington, UCL, Ealing, Royal London, Princess Alexandra, and Royal Free.

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