Clinical practice development and research for Specialist Practice
This module provides the critical skills necessary for the specialist nurses to use research, in order to make informed decisions about clinical practice and therefore enhance nursing and improve the quality of care. Students will gain a greater understanding and confidence in their engagement with the research process and its application to inform evidence-based practice. Assessment is by 100% coursework.
Diabetes Type 1 - Enhancing Lives
In this level 7 module students will extend their knowledge of Type 1 diabetes and use this to understand the role of the diabetes nurse specialist in enhancing opportunities for patients to successfully manage their diabetes. The contribution of other disciplines towards understanding the needs of people with diabetes will be explored. A range of teaching and learning methods will be used. Assessment is by coursework.
Diabetes Type 2 - Enhancing Lives
In this level 7 module students will extend their knowledge of diabetes and use this to understand the role of the diabetes nurse specialist in enhancing opportunities for patients to successfully manage their diabetes. The contribution of other disciplines towards understanding the needs of people with diabetes will be explored. A range of teaching and learning methods will be used. Students will be assessed by course work.
Collaborative Stroke Care
This module provides students with a thorough understanding of the theoretical and clinical aspects of TIA and stroke which underpin specialist nursing practice. Collaborative working with patients and families, inter-professional and inter-agency practice informed by research, clinical guidelines, policy and strategies are explored in the delivering of person-centred care from stroke onset into the longer term. Assessment is by coursework.
Stroke - Enhancing Lives
This module provides students with the theoretical and clinical underpinnings of specialist stroke nursing, and with the previous module and remaining modules of this course, it prepares students to promote and provide high quality care to people with stroke and their carers. It appraises the specialist nursing role in light of the social, psychological, physical and cultural impact of stroke. Assessment is by coursework.
Advanced Health Assessment
This level 7 module provides an opportunity for students to develop and enhance the knowledge base and practice of health assessment, in order that appropriate interventions and management can occur. Students will begin to develop their assessment skills under the guidance of a mentor during this module. Assessment is 100% coursework.
This post graduate module provides specialist nurses who are taking the Nurse Practitioner pathway with an opportunity to apply knowledge of physiological disorders both at a systems and cellular level, to clinical practice. A problem ?solving approach using clinical cases is used to illustrate how knowledge of pathophysiology is applied. Assessment is by coursework consisting of a class test and a case study.
Understanding End of Life Care.
This module aims to facilitate specialist nursing students develop their knowledge in palliative and end of life care, enabling them to gain a wider strategic understanding in order for them to provide quality person-centred care. It emphasises the principles and philosophy of palliative and end of life care and the need for an inter-disciplinary approach to service delivery. The module incorporates a variety of teaching approaches. Method of assessment is 100% coursework.
Demonstrating impact in nursing care for people with learning disability
This module is designed to enable students to develop critical thinking abilities in order to enhance previously acquired knowledge and skills required to deliver specialist nursing care to people with learning disabilities, their families and other carers and to apply these as competent community health care nurse specialists in a range of community based settings. Assessment involves coursework, and assessment of practice in clinical placement.
Care of People with Minor Emergencies
This module will provide the student with the scientific knowledge and analytical techniques to provide safe and effective care to patients presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed minor emergencies. The module is assessed by written examination.
Delivering new perspectives in Specialist Nursing Learning Disability Practice
This specialist module will provide students opportunities to explore a range of important professional, legal, political and ethical issues in relation to nursing care of people with learning disabilities and their families in interdisciplinary working within community and hospital settings. Students will be expected to demonstrate self awareness and proficiency in decision-making and leadership through their ability to integrate theory with practice in a changing context of care. The module is assessed by course work.
Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) Portfolio
All Specialist Nursing Practice Programmes at Ulster require students to complete a 75-day practice learning period where they work under the supervision of a Nursing Midwifery Council approved Sign-Off Mentor and a University Lecturer known as a Pathway Leader. This period of Practice Learning constitutes 50% of the programme at both undergraduate and post graduate level. Furthermore this practice learning period runs alongside the theoretical part of the programme, one year for full time students and two years for part-time students. Course regulations state that the academic award is wholly dependant on completion of the Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) Portfolio.
Applied Health Assessment
This module builds on Advanced Health Assessment and Principles of Health Assessment and is undertaken during the last semester of the Nurse Practitioner pathway. It is clinically focused and aims to consolidate the knowledge and skills practiced in the clinical environment throughout the duration of the programme, under the guidance of the mentor. Assessment is 100% examination.
Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care
This module aims to facilitate specialist nursing students to develop knowledge in advanced symptom management. It emphasises the palliation of pain and other symptoms and the application of an evidence based holistic person centred approach. The module incorporates a variety of teaching approaches. Assessment is by 100% coursework.
Care of People with Trauma or Serious Illness
This module facilitates students in the development of scientific knowledge and specialist practice skills that enable students to care for people that present with multiple needs resulting from trauma or serious illness. Assessment is by coursework, examination, OSCE and presentation.
Leadership for Specialist Nursing
As confirmed by recent major inquiries, there is a need for more effective leadership in healthcare settings. This module aims to facilitate specialist nursing students develop knowledge and skills in leadership, enabling them gain a wider strategic understanding in order to become effective leaders within an interdisciplinary team. Learning and teaching methods include lectures, seminars and an opportunity to explore personal leadership in a practice learning setting. Assessment is by 100% examination.