MSci Nurse Paramedic (Adult) course preparation
To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:Hello from the Programme Lead – watch now
Important: Occupational Health
You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus. The clinics will be held within the first weeks of you starting the course (dates are yet to be finalised).
Please remember that it is a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH. If you don’t meet this requirement your place on the programme could be jeopardised. It’s also important to remember that if you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to fully enrol on your course. This could then mean you can’t access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England.
So, to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.
If you’re unable to attend your allocated time slot, you must contact us, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice. If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. The OH and School team will try to provide another appointment, but this is likely to be at the OH department based in Wigan and you will need to make sure that you attend.
Most of our placement settings will also require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.
We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance. Unfortunately, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.
This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.
Before you begin, you can prepare for your modules by reviewing some of the core texts recommended below. You are not expected to buy all of the books as Edge Hill University has an extensive library service and access to electronic resources, but having one good text-book at the start will be of great benefit to you. At Ormskirk, the library and learning services can be found in the Catalyst.
- BAILLIE, L., 2014. Developing practical nursing skills. 4th ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
- BLABER, A., 2019. Foundations for paramedic practice: a theoretical perspective. 3rd ed. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
- BOYD, C. and DARE, J., 2014. Communication skills for nurses. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
- BROOKER, C. and WAUGH, A., 2013. 2nd ed. Foundations of nursing practice. London: Mosby.
- COTTRELL, S. 2019 The Study Skills Handbook. 5th ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing
- NETTINA, S.M., 2018. The lippincott manual of nursing practice. 11th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health
- TAYLOR, C., LILLIS, C., LYNN, P., LEBONE, E, 2014. Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing: The art and science of person-centred Nursing care. 8th Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
- POLGAR, S. 2019. Introduction to research in the health sciences. 7th ed. London: Elsevier Health Services.
- WAUGH, A., GRANT, A., CHAMBERS, G., and ROSS, J.S., 2018. Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness. 13th ed: Elsevier.
Before you begin you will need:
- A fob watch with second hand
- Mini Dictionary for Nurses
- Access to the British National Formulary (BNF)
- Access (if free) to the Joint Royal College Ambulance Liaison Committee Clinical Guidelines JRCLAC app
Useful websites to visit
The two regulatory bodies for the Nurse Paramedic Programme are:
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Both of these have produced standards of proficiency that have to be met in order for you to be able to register, practice and remain registered as a Nurse Paramedic. Below you will find more information about the two regulatory bodies along with some tasks that will help you to become familiar with the standards of proficiency before you start your programme.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The HCPC is a regulator of 15 different health and care professions. These include:
- Art Therapy
- Occupational Therapists
- Operating Department Practitioners
- Speech and Language Therapists
- And others…
What do they do?
- Keep a register of professionals, known as ‘Registrants’ who meet the standards
- Set the standards for professionals’ education and training and practice
- Take action is professionals on the register do not meet the standards
To learn more about the standards that apply to you visit the HCPC website.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The NMC are the professional regulatory council for Nurses and Midwives in the UK and Nurse Associates in England. They do not register any other professions under their regulations.
What do they do?
- They maintain the register of Nurses and Midwives who meet the requirements for registration in the UK
- Set the requirements of professional education that supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for entry to, or annotation on, our register
- Investigate serious concerns about nurses, midwives and nursing associates fitness to practice and take action if needed
- Shape the practice of professionals in developing and promoting standards including the code, and lifelong learning through revalidation
To learn more about the standards that apply to you visit the NMC website.
The standards of proficiency in more detail
Each regulatory body has a set of proficiencies or platforms that inform both your curriculum and your practice. These are split into defined sections:
- Being an accountable professional
- Promoting health and preventing ill health
- Assessing needs and planning care
- Providing and evaluating care
- Leading and Managing nursing care and working in teams
- Improving safety and equality of care
- Coordinating care
- Be able to practice safely and effectively within the scope of practice
- Practice within the legal and ethical boundaries
- Able to maintain fitness to practice
- Practice as an autonomous professional, exercising their own professional judgement
- Be aware of the impact of culture, equality and diversity on practice
- Be able to practice in a non-discriminatory manner
- Understand the importance of and be able to maintain confidentiality
- Be able to communicate effectively
- Be able to work appropriately with others
- Be able to maintain records appropriately
- Be able to reflect on and review practice
- Be able to assure the quality of their practice
- Understand key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to their profession
- Be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice
- Understand the need to establish and maintain a safe practice environment
Each section has sub-sections which provide specific detail about the requirement of the proficiency. In total the NMC has 103 individual proficiencies and the HCPC has 98 individual proficiencies.
Questions based on proficiencies
Take a look at the standards for both nurses and paramedics and begin to familiarise yourself with them. Which HCPC and NMC standards could you identify with in each of the following situations. We have provided you with the answers to each scenario, however to make sure you get the most out of this task please do not look at them until you have your answers.
Scenario 1 – You are looking after a polish speaking patient and feel that there is a communication barrier.
1.14 – provide and promote non-discriminatory, person centred and sensitive care at all times, reflecting on people’s values and beliefs, diverse backgrounds, cultural characteristics, language requirements, needs and preferences, taking account of any need for adjustments.
1.12 – demonstrate the skills and abilities required to support people at all stages of life who are emotionally or physically vulnerable.
4.3 – demonstrate the knowledge, communication and leadership management skills required to provide people, families and carers with accurate information that meets their needs before, during and after a range of interventions.
6 – be able to practice in a non-discriminatory manner
8.1 – be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate verbal and non-verbal skills in communicating information, advice, instruction and professional opinion to service users, colleagues and others.
8.6 – be aware of the characteristics and consequences of verbal and non-verbal communication and how this can be affected by factors such as age, culture, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status and spiritual or religious beliefs.
8.8 – understand the need to assist the communication needs of service users such as the use of an appropriate interpreter, wherever possible.
Scenario 2 – You have been involved in a traumatic death and are asked to attend a debrief about the situation.
4.1.4 – encouragement to colleagues that helps them to reflect on their practice.
5.8 – support and supervise students in the delivery of nursing care, promoting reflection and providing constructive feedback, and evaluating and documenting their performance.
5.10 – contribute to supervision and team reflection activities to promote improvements in practice and services.
6.8 demonstrate an understanding of how to identify, report and critically reflect on near misses, critical incidents, major incidents and serious adverse events in order to learn from them and influence their future practice.
11 – be able to reflect on and review practice.
11.1 – understand the value of reflection on practice and the need to record the outcome of such reflection.
11.2 – recognise the value of case conferences and other methods of review.
Scenario 3 – You have been asked to participate in a campaign for vaccination uptake but have personal doubts about the vaccine effectiveness.
2.11 – promote health and prevent ill health by understanding and explaining to people the principles of pathogenesis, immunology and the evidence-base for immunisation, vaccination and herd immunity, and
2.12 – protect health through understanding and applying the principles of infection prevention and control, including communicable disease surveillance and antimicrobial stewardship and resistance.
13.8 – the main classes of pathogenic microorganisms, the spread of infection and the use of universal precautions.
2.3 – understand the need to respect and uphold the rights, dignity, values, and autonomy of service users including their role in the diagnostic and therapeutic process and in maintaining health and wellbeing.
Scenario 3 – You have been asked to undertake, under supervision an assessment of a 74 year old patient who has attended the walk-in centre where you are on placement with their daughter.
3.1 – demonstrate and apply knowledge of human development from conception to death when undertaking full and accurate person-centred nursing assessments and developing appropriate care.
3.3 demonstrate and apply knowledge of all commonly encountered mental, physical, behavioural and cognitive health conditions, medication usage and treatments when undertaking full and accurate assessments of nursing care needs and when developing, prioritising and reviewing person-centred care plans.
3.4 understand and apply a person-centred approach to nursing care, demonstrating shared assessment, planning, decision making and goal setting when working with people, their families, communities and populations of all ages.
14.10 – be able to select and use appropriate assessment techniques.
14.11 – be able to undertake and record a thorough, sensitive and detailed assessment, using appropriate techniques and equipment.
13.6 – understand the theoretical basis of, and the variety of approaches to, assessment and intervention.
13.11 – the theoretical basis of assessment, clinical decision making and appropriate treatment plans, along with the scientific evaluation of their effectiveness.
Other things to do now
The Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health and Care Professions Council will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.
Promoting health and preventing ill health, planning, providing and evaluating care and leading and managing care are essential to you and your role as a Nurse Paramedic. As a qualified Nurse Paramedic you will need to be able to demonstrate leadership, management, team work and clinical decision-making skills as well as provide care, comfort and support to people in real need at the forefront of changing healthcare practice.
Your programme has been designed to give you all of the above skills as well as many others and ensure that upon qualifying you will be fit for purpose and fit for practice at the point of registration, allowing you to register with both the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse and the Health and Care Professions Council as a Paramedic.
Shortly after you start with us in September, you will have a week-long induction.
Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:
When you start your programme at Edge Hill University you will be using Edge Hill’s online environment for aspects of your learning and teaching. This environment is called Learning Edge and part of this is the Blackboard Ultra Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
It is on the VLE that you will find your programme area and your year of study, or module areas. These areas will contain all the information you need so it is very important that you become familiar with how to access and navigate them.
Please access the below links to information and videos that will help you to learn how to use the VLE. You will not be able to access the full VLE until you have enrolled but you can take some time now to familiarise yourself with the terminology.
Assignment writing is a complex process – but not an impossible one.
Planning and organisation is key.
Have a think about the following questions
For your most recent assignment, did you:
- Spend a significant amount of time worrying about how to get started?
- Just get started, not paying attention to the requirements of the assessment?
- Put it off until a couple of days before the due date?
- Start it early then get bored and rushed the end?
- Plan and rewrite, then rewrite and proofread before submitting?
Each of you will have a definitive learning style to help you to retain information and concentrate whilst learning/writing/revising – do you know what that is?
Look at the following definitions of the VARK learning styles and consider which one are you?
• Uses symbols and graphs,
• Uses arrows, charts and diagrams
• Colours are useful to distinguish information
• Slides make you lose track – you are much better with a summary chart
• Vocal is key – hearing information is essential to you retaining it.
• Don’t take many notes as you are focussed on listening
• Like group activities and discussion
• Reads your work out loud
• Likes to read
• Prefers handouts to slides
• Takes copious notes during class
• Utilises touch and other senses to learn
• Like to move around the classroom, rather than sitting still for long periods
• Find flashcards useful
Hopefully you will find this useful and is a great way to prepare for you journey through to higher education.
Other ways to prepare
To help you develop the skills you need to start your degree programme with confidence we have rounded up some fantastic online resources. Use the boxes below to find out how to build upon your academic skills and uni know-how and develop the tools you need for optimum mental health and well being.
Additional ways to prepare
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