A nurs­ing de­gree for mod­ern needs

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RAM­SAY Sime Darby Health­care Col­lege (pre­vi­ously known as Sime Darby Nurs­ing and Health Sciences Col­lege) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Shanaz Mawji re­cently an­nounced that the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency has given fi­nal ap­proval for the col­lege to con­duct a new nurs­ing de­gree pro­gramme de­liv­ered by staff from the Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire, UK.

The new in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised de­gree pro­gramme – BSc. (Hons) in Con­tem­po­rary Nurs­ing (PA 2109) – will thus be of­fered at the Ram­say Sime Darby Health­care Col­lege cam­pus at Cen­tre­point Busi­ness Park, Sec­tion 26, Shah Alam in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire.

The first in­take for this pro­gramme is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 2014.

The two-year de­gree pro­gramme is de­signed for li­censed reg­is­tered nurses who are presently in clin­i­cal prac­tice and who wish to en­hance the qual­ity of pro­fes­sional care to their pa­tients.

The full-time study pro­gramme will en­able stu­dents to save more than 50% in course and tu­ition fees, as well as in ac­com­mo­da­tion and liv­ing costs as com­pared to pur­su­ing a sim­i­lar course in the UK.

This pro­gramme will al­low Malaysian Nurses to ob­tain an hon­ours de­gree, awarded by the UK Univer­sity, at lo­cal prices.

Mawji said the part­ner­ship marked one of the many ini­tia­tives by the col­lege to de­velop new op­por­tu­ni­ties for prac­tis­ing nurses while con­tribut­ing to the qual­ity of nurs­ing in the coun­try.

”The pro­gramme can help a nurse en­hance the qual­ity of care­giv­ing to pa­tients. It also per­pet­u­ates the pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of nurses work­ing in var­i­ous set­tings.”

The BSc (Hons) Con­tem­po­rary Nurs­ing pro­gramme aims to nur­ture grad­u­ates with knowl­edge – who can dis­play ex­cel­lent an­a­lyt­i­cal and re­flec­tive skills that im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of care­giv­ing to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

”The pro­gramme uses con­tem­po­rary the­o­ries to un­der­pin prac­tice. It is no longer enough for stu­dents to know the ‘ how’. They also need to un­der­stand ‘ why’ they choose a par­tic­u­lar method to pro­vide the care. This al­lows them to be­come de­ci­sion-mak­ers for the fu­ture,” she added.

Mean­while, col­lege dean Dr Rao said: “By link­ing con­tem­po­rary the­ory with pro­fes­sional prac­tice, we make sure that the new gen­er­a­tion of nurses leave our col­lege armed with cut­ting-edge knowl­edge that will al­low the nurse to be­come a prob­lem solver in con­tem­po­rary prac­tice.”

The de­gree course is de­liv­ered and as­sessed by way of as­sign­ments by the Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire’s School of Health and So­cial Work.

It is kept rel­e­vant to in­dus­try needs by the aca­demic staff that meet to de­velop, re­view and re­fine the ar­eas of study.

Stu­dents will have ac­cess to online tu­to­rial sup­port, ex­ten­sive online col­lec­tions of in­for­ma­tion re­sources as well as dig­i­tal and print col­lec­tions in the col­lege.

Ram­say Sime Darby Health­care Col­lege chair­man Datuk Dr Ja­cob Thomas said, “Nurses to­day are re­quired to ad­dress in­creas­ingly com­plex health chal­lenges faced by the pa­tients they serve. Be­cause of ad­vances in health sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, nurses must also pos­sess a more com­pre­hen­sive ar­ray of skills than in years past.”

Dr Thomas is also As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­vate Hos­pi­tals of Malaysia (APHM) pres­i­dent.

Those who suc­cess­fully pur­sue the de­gree pro­gramme will be awarded with a Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire de­gree.

The univer­sity’s School of Health and So­cial Work is one of UK’s largest nurs­ing schools, of­fer­ing a wide choice of pre-and-post-qual­i­fi­ca­tion ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

It is also the train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion provider for the UK’s two largest strate­gic health au­thor­i­ties – East of Eng­land and Lon­don.

Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire’s high stand­ing in the UK is con­firmed through sev­eral sur­veys that placed it among the top in teach­ing and re­search.

It was na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised as a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery re­search and placed sixth for nurs­ing re­search in the 2011 Re­search As­sess­ment Ex­er­cise in the UK.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.simedar­by­col­lege.edu.my or e-mail simedar­by­col­lege.stu­dent@simedarby.com

The two-year BSc (Hons) in Con­tem­po­rary Nurs­ing de­gree pro­gramme in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of Hert­ford­shire is de­signed for li­censed reg­is­tered nurses.

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