Whether you are currently working as a primary care or community nurse, or planning to do so, our course will provide you with a bespoke career pathway. It prepares you to enter a variety of areas such as: 'walk-in centres', general practice, nursing people in their own homes or specialist clinics (dermatology, sexual health, diabetes...)
The future of a successful health service requires an extensive provision in primary care and the community, and a higher numbers of nurses will be required to work in this area as autonomous and confident practitioners. If you are a nurse currently working in this area, our course will help you access a wide variety of specialist modules to update, upskill and embed your practice. If you are new to primary care and community nursing, our course will help you to become quickly established in the provision of care and services in this area.
Our course will support the development of your skills and knowledge regardless of which setting you work or plan to work in. There is a vast assortment of modules to assist you in specialising further within the primary and community care setting. These modules focus on topics such as: Diabetes, Children, Mental Health, Dementia, Clinical assessment, Non-Medical Prescribing, Wound Care and Long Term Illnesses to name but a few.
You will explore the theory and policy underpinning contemporary service delivery in order to clearly understand how they influence practice provision. Guidance and support will be given to help you gather information and evidence with which to strengthen your practice. The primary care and community settings will be brought to life with an excellent level of support delivered from the University which reaches out into your personal practice environment. Close contact and support from your personal tutor will help you manage your modules to gain the best possible learning experience throughout the course. Your personal tutor will be one of a number of highly experienced lecturers, selected specifically to match your learning needs.
As you progress through your course you will meet nurses from a variety of practice areas and occasionally you will also meet other health professionals. This will create plenty of opportunity for discussions which include different perspectives in medical and healthcare provision. You will be able to develop new skills in our ‘state of the art’ skills rooms and experience contemporary learning opportunities where practice and theory merge.
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There is a wide variety of settings existing in the community where you may wish to start or develop your career pathway. Minor injury units, practice nursing, working within district nursing, health visiting or paediatric teams, working in nursing homes integrated care community hospitals, sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol clinics, dermatology, cardiac and respiratory clinics out of hours services and outreach services, to mention just a few. The BSc (Hons) Primary Care Nursing will enable you to emerge as an autonomous practitioner able to manage yourself, individuals and teams.
You may decide to specialise further in practice and or undertake a higher level degree. Your promotion prospects will be greatly enhanced, as will your opportunities to apply for more senior roles. This course provides further steps on the ladder of your career in primary and community nursing.
The assessments will help you understand how theory and practice works together. The course relies on several types of assessment: Examinations (short answer and/or multiple choice or essay writing exams), Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, Assignments (essay style, case studies, topical analysis or reports) and Presentations.
You will also be assessed through practice assessment. You will be asked to meet specified competencies in practice, in order to demonstrate competence. The assessment is undertaken by a supervisor or mentor working in the same specialist area and may include reflective writing and/or discussion plus observation of practice. This will be recorded in a Practice Assessment Document.
Here are more details about the assessment of the core modules:
Fundamentals of Practice Nursing and Fundamentals of Community and Primary Care Nursing are assessed with the completion of a Practice Assessment Document (pass/fail) and a summative assessed presentation of 20 minutes.
Work based Learning: You are expected to identify a key area in practice that requires improvement. Following discussion with your project supervisor and workplace manager, you will produce a project of 6,000 words. This project will demonstrate your skills and knowledge in the identification of this area for improvement, how improvement may be managed and your ability to clearly relate how this change can be delivered.
Non-Medical Prescribing: It is the NMC standard for the Non-Medical Prescribing module to deliver examinations in pharmacology and calculations in addition to the practical assessment as demonstrated with Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. We have excellent lecturers in pharmacology and prescribing practice to support you through these assessments.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support or students through their learning.
Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.
Guild House is our dedicated healthcare campus in the historic city of Peterborough.
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The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
Important additional notes
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