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