Master of Science in Nursing

Introduction

This programme will provide graduates meeting the entry requirements the opportunity to undertake a two-year postgraduate Master of Science degree in Nursing.

With a thorough grounding in concepts of health derived from the study of the biological and social sciences, professional studies and communication skills, students will develop the professional disciplinary knowledge and understanding of various field of practice in nursing (Medical Nursing, Surgical Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Public Health and Community Nursing, and Long-Term/ Rehabilitative Nursing, Coaching and Mentoring Staff, Management & Leadership in Nursing, Quality Assurance in Nursing). This is underpinned by the acquisition of the professional leadership and research skills you will need to practice and manage evidence-based person-centered, holistic care as a Registered Nurse.

Graduates of this MSc. in Nursing will have developed a critical understanding of a diverse and complex body of knowledge applied to and developed through nursing practice. Much of this knowledge will be contemporary and at the current boundaries of the discipline. The first year of the programme is focused on advanced nursing practice, developing the student’s ability to deliver safe and compassionate care, with a focus on undertaking in-depth assessment and clinical decision making, together with the evaluation of nursing practice.

 

Overall Competences

The learner will be able to: 

  1. Describe comprehensively the environmental, social, socioeconomic, geographical and cultural health aspects and their influence on the causation, incidence and frequency of certain health conditions (including those requiring surgery).
  2. Know how to interpret and apply research in relation to various medical and surgical conditions
  3. Enhance knowledge on the different specialist professionals (doctors, nurses or other) who might need to be contacted or to whom the adult or child patient might be referred to in case of need.  
  4. Know how to develop critical thinking skills to the decision-making process in gathering of information based on evidence-based practice, interpretation of facts, implementation of best practices, and evaluation of the outcomes of adult and paediatric medical and surgical nursing care provided to the client across the lifespan
  5. Work within a multidisciplinary team for the benefit of the any patient
  6. Know how to coordinate the care of persons/patients treated/living within acute, short-term long-term care facilities, and how to coordinate the treatment and rehabilitation process of persons of different age groups.
  7. Describe comprehensively the principles and main issues of acute/short/long-term care and rehabilitation and apply the necessary skills.
  8. Enhance knowledge on the services and nursing duties required to help persons living in acute/short-/long-term facilities
  9. Enhance knowledge on the symptoms, causes, treatment and side-effects of the most common conditions experienced by elderly persons and ways in which they will affect the lives of the elderly persons suffering from them and their families
  10. Disseminate information about research, protocols, policies and important procedures related to medicine, surgery and paediatric nursing
  11. Manage a team of nurses and other healthcare professionals to conduct team meetings and discuss patient care.
  12. Discern between emergency situations requiring specialised and/or immediate attention and ones that are easily controllable within a ward environment. 
  13. Manage crisis situations that might occur within a medical , surgical and paediatric ward, such as a CPR or any other medical emergency  
  14. Judge who are the specialists to contact in case of need or emergencies
  15. Analyse critically the information gathered through evidence-based practice in order to interpret facts and implement the best practices in adult and paediatric medical and surgical nursing care
 

Mode of Delivery

Online and in-class lectures

Assesment

Assignments , Presentations, Groupwork, Exams, Podcasts, etc

Course Structure

Adult and Paediatric Medical and Surgical Nursing

Learning Outcome:

  1. Carry out research independently to keep abreast with the latest trends in medical nursing, surgical and paediatric nursing.
  2. Instruct trainees on the environmental, social, socioeconomic, geographical and cultural health aspects and their influence on the causation, incidence and frequency of certain health conditions (including those requiring surgery).
  3. Carry out research related to one or more common medical and surgical conditions whichmight be experienced by adults or children.
  4. Be responsible for how to interpret and apply research in relation to various medical and surgical conditions experienced by adult and paediatric patients
  5. Assume responsibility for Advising on the signs that lead to the need of a patient (adult or child) to be referred to some kind of specialist when experiencing or showing certain signs and symptoms of disease.
  6. Incorporate critical thinking skills to the decision-making process in gathering of information based on evidence-based practice, interpretation of facts, implementation of best practices, and evaluation of the outcomes of adult and paediatric medical and surgical nursing care provided to the client across the lifespan.

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums
 
Mode of Assessment:
MCQ Examination (15%); assignment (65%); presentation (20%)
 
Total Contact Hours:
130
 
Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0
 
Self-Study Hours:
200
 
Assessment Hours:
70

16 ECTS

Geriatric Nursing and Long-Term and Rehabilitative Nursing

Learning Outcomes

  1. Research independently the latest trends in geriatric nursing (including dementia) and long-term and rehabilitative nursing.
  2. Act independently to learn about the Theories of Ageing and contemporary nursing issues related to ageing.
  3. Instruct trainees on the anatomy and physiology related to different, common medical conditions related to old age, and the physiological changes which occur from adulthood to old age.
  4. Advise on the symptoms, causes, treatment and side-effects of the most common conditions experienced by elderly persons and ways in which they will affect the lives of the elderly persons suffering from them and their families
  5. Monitor the signs that lead to the need for an elderly person to be referred to some kind of specialist when experiencing or showing certain signs and symptoms of disease.
  6. Guide others on the principles and main issues of long-term care, rehabilitation, and respite care, and the underlying ethical and legal implications
  7. Instruct trainees on common orthopaedic conditions and complications, and nursing care with respect to patients with osteoporosis, upper and lower limb fractures, pelvic fractures, spinal injury, multiple traumas and motor vehicle accidents.
  8. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to refer patients to the various services required to help persons living in long-term facilities
  9. Guide a rehabilitation team made up of a multidisciplinary team of professionals

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums

Mode of Assessment:
Case study (50%) assignment (50%);

Total Contact Hours:
80

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0

Self-Study Hours:
130

Assessment Hours:
40

No of ECTS: 10

Mental Health Nursing

Learning Outcomes

  1. Research the latest trends in mental health and mental health nursing.
  2. Instruct others on the signs and symptoms related to the most common psychiatric conditions (anxiety and depression) and the ability to teach junior staff and clients about these conditions
  3. Advise on the role of the nurse in caring for patients of all ages in a mental health hospital, long-term or community setting in relation to various medical conditions and the way the patients can interact with the persons around them in the various settings.
  4. Advice on the role of the nurse in caring for psychiatric patients in relation to various procedures that are carried out on mentally ill patients
  5. Guide others on the symptoms, causes, treatment and side-effects of the most common conditions and their treatment and ways in which they will affect the lives of the patients and their families
  6.  Research independently related to one or more common mental health conditions
  7.  Advice on management skills that can be applied within a psychiatric ward and a community psychiatric setting, including emergency measure that might need to be implemented when faced with emergencies related to mental illnesses.
  8. Monitor the signs that indicate that a psychiatric patient might need some kind of specialist when experiencing or showing certain signs and symptoms of disease
  9. Be responsible for maintaining safety when working and caring for a person suffering from some kind of mental illness and how to do so.
  10. Guide others on the importance of integration of mentally ill patients in the community, making sure to maintain safety for the patient and for the community.

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums

Mode of Assessment
assignment (100%);

Total Contact Hours:
50

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0

Self-Study Hours:
75

Assessment Hours:
25

No of ECTS: 6

Public Health & Community Nursing

Learning Outcomes

  1. Carry out research on the latest trends in public health and community health nursing.
  2. Advise on the anatomy and physiology related to the most common public health and community conditions and the ability to teach junior staff and clients about these conditions
  3. Guide others on the physiological changes that occur from the start of development of public health and community illnesses.
  4. Advise on the role of the nurse in caring for patients of all ages in public health and community setting in relation to various medical conditions and the way the patients can interact with the persons around them in the various settings
  5. Advise on the role of the nurse in caring for persons living in the community in relation to various procedures that are common within those settings
  6. Guide others on the symptoms, causes, treatment and side-effects of the most common conditions and their treatment and ways in which they will affect the lives of the patients and their families in their homes
  7. Carry out independent research related to one or more common public health and community health conditions
  8. Advise on management skills that can be applied within a community, primary healthcare setting and a community home setting
  9. Instruct trainees on the signs that indicate that a patient living in the community might need some kind of specialist when experiencing or showing certain signs and symptoms of disease.
  10. Anticipate emergency measures that might need to be taken to deal with certain emergencies related to public health and community illnesses.
  11. Maintain safety when working and caring for a person suffering from some illness in the community and how to do so.
  12. Manage the importance of integrating various kinds of ill patients in the community, making sure to maintain safety for the patient and for the community.
  13. Guide others on the different strategies that can be used for health education and promotion of public health and community illnesses
  14. Advise on the different uses and benefits of health promotion and education to promote a healthy community

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums

Mode of Assessment
assignment (60%); presentation (40%)

Total Contact Hours:
50

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0

Self-Study Hours:
75

Assessment Hours:
25

No of ECTS: 6

Coaching and Mentoring Staff

Learning Outcomes

  1. Advise on health behaviours, health habits, and primary prevention with regards to nutrition, physical exercise and other attitudes promoting well-being
  2. Be responsible for the promotion of health and well-being and describe the influencing factors with special reference to patient needs within the Maltese context
  3. Guide others on how nutrition and other health activities affect nursing practice and how this is particular to the Maltese context
  4. Advise on the relationship of individual difference variables, social factors, emotional factors, cognitive factors, perceived symptoms, and factors related to access to medical care to health behaviours.
  5. Guide others on the prevention of health-habit factors from undermining health practices especially with regards to patient needs and within the healthcare system.
  6. Advise on the findings of research investigating the success of health promotion and primary prevention efforts across the healthcare system within the local situation.
  7. Monitor the effectiveness of attitudinal approaches and differentiate between the different approaches.
  8. Guide others on self-efficacy and explain the relationship between self-efficacy and health behaviors.
  9. Lead others on the importance of the role of the nurse in promoting healthy attitudes and how these are implemented within the various healthcare  environments
  10. Advise on health policies with regards to Health and Well-being such as healthy eating, etc.

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums

Mode of Assessment
assignment (100%)

Total Contact Hours:
30

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0

Self-Study Hours:
55

Assessment Hours:
15

No of ECTS: 4

Management & Leadership in Nursing

Learning Outcomes

  1. Deal with management history and how this affects contemporary healthcare management.
  2. Guide others the differences between leadership, management and administration to healthcare
  3. Act independently to learn about the main theoretical aspects of management in practice
  4. Guide others through the process of management’s four functions: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling in healthcare.
  5. Comply with social responsibility and ethical issues involved in healthcare situations and logically articulate own position on such issues.
  6.  Be responsible for how healthcare organizations adapt to an uncertain environment and advise on the techniques managers use to influence and control the internal environment.
  7. Advise on the use vocabularies within the field of healthcare management to articulate one’s own position on a specific management issue and communicate effectively with varied audiences.
  8. Advise on effective leadership styles to anticipate the consequences of each leadership style in
    healthcare.

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums

Mode of Assessment
assignment (60%) presentation (40%)

Total Contact Hours:
50

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0

Self-Study Hours:
75

Assessment Hours:
25

No of ECTS: 6

Quality Assurance in Nursing

Learning Outcomes

  1. Advise on the core competencies for nursing;
  2. Advise on the key skills required for registered nurses including IT, numeracy, academic integrity, time management.
  3. Deliver attractive and effective presentations using the latest IT technology
  4. Demonstrate the organisational and management principles related to Quality Assurance in Nursing
  5. Be an ambassador of the Code of ethics, conduct and practice as set by the CNM (Council for Nurses and Midwives of Malta)
  6. Advise on to moral and legal requirements set down by CNM to be able to practice in Malta as registered nurses
  7. Instruct trainees on auditing methods to enhance quality and safe patient care.
  8.  Act independently to learn about Medico-legal aspects and concerns in quality assurance as they pertain to healthcare settings

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums

Mode of Assessment
assignment (100%)

Total Contact Hours:
30

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0

Self-Study Hours:
55

Assessment Hours:
15

No of ECTS: 4

Advanced Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

  1. Be responsible for learning about quantitative, qualitative and mixed research designs, and their strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Instruct trainees on how to critically analyse a research article, and criticise its quality using tools to assist them in their critical analysis.
  3. Ensure the most appropriate research designs and the associated research tools and techniques are chosen to be able to address the specific research questions of their proposed research project.
  4. Act independently to learn how to conduct a systematic literature review
  5. Be responsible for integrating and analysing key findings from research to understand major influences in nursing research.
  6. Advise on evidence-based (i.e. research informed practice) and person-based practices when it comes to the nursing practice, and capable of applying evidence into practice through research by using PICO questions and recent evidence.
  7. Become aware of the ethical and moral dimensions related to researching with patients (a group of individuals considered as vulnerable for the purpose of research).

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums

Mode of Assessment
assignment (Research Proposal) (100%)

Total Contact Hours:
50

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0

Self-Study Hours:
75

Assessment Hours:
25

No of ECTS: 6

Dissertation

Learning Outcomes

  1. Be responsible for learning about the importance of planning and  preparation required to undertake a research project.
  2. Consult numerous sources and integrate knowledge creatively to develop a thorough understanding of the chosen subject area.
  3. Be responsible for choosing the correct use of various research methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods) to suit the research questions of the dissertation.
  4. Manage effectively the process of critically appraising the current literature and interpreting the results from primary and secondary data collection and present them in a logical manner.
  5.  Communicate knowledge effectively in a scientific manner through the writing of high-quality dissertation.
  6. Advice on recommendations based on research findings.

Mode of Teaching:
Lectures, discussions, presentations, asynchronous forums

Mode of Assessment
Dissertation (100%)

Total Contact Hours:
150

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours:
0

Self-Study Hours:
550

Assessment Hours:
50

No of ECTS: 30

 

Fees

Maltese/EU
€6000
International
€9000

Location

Malta Leadership Institute
Valley Towers, Suite 9
Valley Road
Birkirkara BKR9022
Malta

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