This course is designed for registered nurses working in ophthalmic health or caring for people who are experiencing vision loss. It is for staff nurses and nurse managers, as well as those seeking a career in nursing or health research.
The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner) programme provides ophthalmic nurses with up'to'date research'based and theoretical knowledge of a wide range of ophthalmic fields. The main focus of the programme is prescribing within the context of ophthalmic nursing. You will complete the non'medical prescribing programme in addition to ophthalmic'related modules which will enhance prescribing competence.
The course offers education in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to the role of ophthalmic nurse practitioner. It also develops research and critical thinking skills and provides the opportunity to conduct a research project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent practice and research in the future. This provides you with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master's programme tailored to nursing ophthalmic care.
' Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis
' Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice
' Dissertation (Year 2)
Discipline Specific Modules
' Independent, supplementary and non'medical prescribing
' Critical thinking for Ophthalmic Practice
' Principles of Therapeutics
' Professional Certificate in Glaucoma
' Professional Certificate in Medical Retina
' Medicines Management
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- A second-class honours degree or above, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education. Exceptional applicants without a first degree will be considered, but will usually be required to undertake the Biological Foundations in Clinical Practice and Related Pharmacology module. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview
- A current professional registration with a relevant professional / statutory body or equivalent
- At least two years' relevant clinical experience as a registered nurse, including one year's experience within ophthalmic nursing.
- References may be requested.
- Applicants will be able to bring to the programme recent studies (up to 45 credits) taken elsewhere, and thereby be exempted from one or more modules.