Nursing, BSc (Hons)

Programme Overview
The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nursing is a two-year post-registration programme jointly offered by Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and the University of Glasgow (UofG). The nursing programme has been co-created and designed with inputs from practice partners and the Ministry of Health. It will be seeking accreditation from the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB).

This degree programme builds on the foundation that students have established during their nursing diploma studies. The aim of the programme is to develop critical, analytical and innovation skills, as well as leadership, research, teaching, and clinical competencies. Through the programme's applied learning approach, graduates will be able to translate new nursing knowledge into practice.

Curriculum
The SIT-UofG Nursing programme has a range of modules designed to equip students with relevant knowledge and skills that will help them meet the healthcare challenges of Singapore and take the nursing profession forward. They will learn to analyse personal and professional values, and make sound, evidence-based and ethical decisions that will prepare them for leadership roles.

Career Opportunities
Graduates can pursue more advancement opportunities in their future careers as Senior Staff Nurse, Senior Nurse Educator, Senior Nurse Clinician or Senior Nurse Manager. Graduates can also further their studies by undertaking a Master in Nursing after which they may also pursue future career opportunities in more senior positions such as Director of Nursing/Chief Nurse, Advanced Practice Nurse or Principal Nurse Educator

Eligibility and Exemption

SIT selects candidates for this programme using a holistic approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and medical clearance. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews. Students applying for entry to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing programme should:

  • Be qualified as a Registered Nurse
  • Hold current registration with the SNB
  • Have successfully completed an SNB-accredited Diploma in Nursing programme in Singapore with a GPA of 3 or above. Only these two diplomas are accredited:
    • Nanyang Polytechnic: Diploma in Nursing
    • Ngee Ann Polytechnic: Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing)

Study Trip

In this programme, students are expected to complete a four-week overseas immersion in Glasgow, United Kingdom. It is mandatory for all students to complete the Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) where they have to attend two weeks of taught seminars and two weeks of clinical observation in the overseas context

MODULE SYNOPSIS

Year 1 (Trimester 1)
NUR1001 Healthcare Ethics and Law

The aim of this module is to allow the student to revise ethical theories studied in the diploma and further develop their knowledge and understanding of moral philosophy and ethics and their application to health care. The student will have the opportunity to explore a range of ethical issues including genomics, euthanasia, abortion, and do not resuscitate orders. In addition the student will be able to discuss these issues in the context of the legal framework. The legal aspects of healthcare will be covered alongside the ethical considerations such as living wills and advanced medical directives.

NUR1002 Qualitative Research Methods

The aim of this module is to familiarise the student with the discipline of qualitative research and its relevance to all areas of nursing practice. The course will allow students to explore a range of qualitative methodologies, the appropriate data collection methods and approaches to analyses relevant to this paradigm. In addition students will explore ethical issues related to research and research governance.

NUR1003 Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

This module will provide an in-depth understanding of conducting a systematic health assessment, data collection, and interpretation of physical assessment findings. Topics covered in this module include history taking, conducting a focused physical examination, developing clinical reasoning skills, and developing a treatment plan for the patient. Students will be given the opportunity to develop systematic and focused health assessments that are sensitive to both the cultural and developmental needs of the individual.

Self-directed learning will be the main form of learning for the revision of anatomy and physiology. Team-based learning will be incorporated to enhance learning and knowledge on system assessment, analyse clinical manifestations, clinical diagnosis and nursing actions. Skills on physical assessment, team collaboration and communication will be practiced and reinforced through paired up practice, simulation and OSCE sessions.

HSC1003 Health Systems - Singapore's Perspectives

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s framework of a health system includes resource generation, stewardship, funding and provisioning. The goal of a health system is to improve health, respond to expectations and focus on fairness in financial contribution. In this module, the Singapore health system is described and analyzed within the WHO’s framework. Students will learn to appreciate how policies are developed, health needs identified and met, intersectoral collaborations needed and established, and services organized and evaluated. Through interprofessional studies, they will learn about the needs of patients and the roles of different professions in the health systems addressing those needs.

Year 1 (Trimester 2)
NUR1004 Quantitative Research Methods and Statistical Appraisal

The first part of this module builds on the existing knowledge of research gained during the student’s diploma studies. Four main types of quantitative research designs: descriptive, correlational, causal-comparative or quasi-experimental, and experimental research designs will be discussed in detail. The student will learn how to formulate research questions and to answer these effectively; certain principles must be addressed before developing and implementing the most appropriate research design. In addition, ethical issues related to research and research governance will be explored.

The second part of this module will concentrate on statistical appraisal and data interpretation. The module will emphasize on the understanding of key statistical principles, for example, hypothesis testing, estimation, p-value, 95% confidence level and measures of association, such as odds ratio, relative risk, means difference, hazard ratio and graphical representation. Appropriateness of the statistical methods such as correlations, t-test, analysis of variance, simple linear regression, multiple linear regression logistic regression and cox regression will be determined by discussing relevant published papers.

NUR1005 Critical Analysis of Evidence and Clinical Applications

The aim of this module are to enable the student to make links with the discipline of research and the development of an evidence base for clinical practice, and further develop knowledge and skills gained in the previous research methods modules. The student will develop an understanding of the importance of utilising robust evidence in the provision of clinical care and good nursing practice.

NUR1006 Health Innovation and Informatics

The focus of this module is to examine key issues relating to health innovation and health informatics. This module provides an introduction to the foundation of nursing science and information science. The role of nurse informatics will be described in relation to the use of patient care support systems and current programs being run in the Singapore setting. This module also covers the use of technology and the application. In particular, ways by which innovation in healthcare is being implemented such as through the use of design thinking skills. Other concepts that are covered include an introduction to quality assurance and quality improvement in healthcare organizations. Students will understand how data is collected and managed effectively. Areas such as clinical governance, patient safety, and risk assessments will be discussed. To prepare nurses to undertake future roles in informatics, there will also be an Introduction to emerging technologies in nursing informatics (e.g. genomics, cloud technology, and nanotechnology). Students are required to complete a clinical placement that includes clinical observation and critically reflect on the program that involves informatics and technology.

NUR1007 Development in Nursing Practice

Nursing is a profession with rich career opportunities which evolves with time to meet the socio-political, economic, healthcare technology changes and globalisation. This module explores the conceptualization of professionalism of the health professionals with respect to identity, knowledge, skills, and values expected by the nursing discipline. Accordingly, it will address issues related to professionalism, professional values, and attitudes required of a registered nurse. Topics covered in this module include the socialization of nursing, historical development and evolution of nursing overseas and in Singapore; socio-cultural, political and economic perspectives of professionalism, and role negotiation in the development of nursing practice. Students will develop skills in interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships as well as developing effective communication among other health professions, patients, and their families in the delivery of person-centered care. Other key topics such as policy implications for nurse education and careers in nursing will be covered.

NUR1008 Fostering Evidence based Practice in Clinical Settings

The module aims to explore the transition of EBP to practice, build on the knowledge and skills gained from modules such as research methods and EBP critical analysis. The student will reflect on their clinical experiences, work through case scenarios and make links between research evidence, clinical experiences and patient preferences, to make evidence based decisions. This module will also explore the development of evidence based guidelines, their application to practice and the role of critical thinking and decision making.

According to clinical questions, students will work through the evidence from various types of studies, including qualitative studies, randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross sectional studies, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, meta-synthesis, and clinical practice guidelines, to look for evidence and its applicability. Organizations such as the Cochrane Collaboration and Joanna Briggs Institute will be introduced to facilitate awareness of the various ways by which nurses can get involved in evidence based practice in healthcare settings.

Year 1 (Trimester 3)
NUR1009 Population Health

Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals. It focuses on determinants of health which include social, economic, cultural and physical environment as well as group characteristics and behaviours. It involves the measurement of health, which includes health outcomes such as morbidity, healthcare cost, health-related quality of life and mortality. The overall goal of a population health management (PHM) is to maintain and improve the health of the entire population and optimise distribution of health outcomes between population groups. PHM looks into geographical location and communities underpinning the planning of healthcare services at national level. Other key elements of PHM such as inter-sectoral collaboration and public involvement will also be discussed using local initiatives as example.

The students will examine various health programmes, theoretical frameworks and behaviour change models for PHM approaches for group of individuals and communities in order to improve health. You will also be required to critically evaluate the application of such theories and models into practice for specific health programs across different levels of care and lifespan in the local context in terms of efficacy and effectiveness.

NUR1010 Health and Social Policy

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to some of the key concepts in health and social care at international, national and local levels. This will enable students to gain insight into the organisations responsible for the introduction and implementation of policy within a health and social care environment; and what drives policy development and strategies for policy implementation. The students will have an opportunity to critically discuss the role of the nursing profession in influencing and implementing policy and enable the student to understand how policy translates into practice in a diverse range of health care settings.

NUR1011 Intermediate and Long Term Care

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to aspects of care provision for individuals with long term conditions, taking cognisance of the physical, psychological and social implications. The student will have an opportunity to explore the concept of advance care planning and supported self-management to maximize quality of life.

Increasingly people are living longer, with multiple health care problems that may be controlled and managed but not cured, resulting in complex care needs over a protracted period. This module considers the challenges arising from such situations and the role of, and impact on, carers supporting individuals with long term conditions or requiring end of life care.

NUR1901 Overseas Immersion Programme

Students studying in the SIT-University of Glasgow Nursing degree programme are required to attend a four-week Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) where they have to complete two weeks of lectures and seminars at the home campus of the University of Glasgow and two weeks of observational clinical attachments at associated clinical sites. Through this four-week of OIP, they will get to experience living and studying in Glasgow, Scotland.

Year 2 (Trimester 1)
NUR2001 Teaching and Learning

This module aims to enable the student to develop the skills necessary to teach effectively in the clinical setting, both to health care colleagues and patients and carers. The student will explore the theories of teaching and learning and will develop skills in planning for teaching as well as learning how to assess and evaluate teaching.

NUR2002 Leadership and Change Management

With the increasing demands on health care systems including an ageing population, it is important that registered professional nurses develop an understanding of the managerial and leadership qualities required to shape and manage increasingly complex and diverse health care services. This course will allow the student an insight into the theory of leadership and management and how it applies to practice. The course will provide an opportunity to explore various aspects of leadership and management, including: change theories, management styles, leadership styles which allow the student to consider how theory can be applied to practice in the context of health care. The course will also facilitate the development of skills to effectively to lead, facilitate and supervise others involved in providing care in an evolving health and social care environment.

NUR2901 Integrated Work Study Programme (Clinical Placements)

This module allows students to develop progressive clinical practices and adopt critical reflective skills during their clinical placements. Students are expected to complete 6 weeks of clinical placements in Singapore and 4 weeks of Overseas Immersion Program in Glasgow, UK. The 6-week clinical placements are embedded within the following modules: – i) Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning, ii) Health Innovation and Informatics, iii) Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) and iv) Teaching and Learning. The assessment consists of reflective diaries based on students’ reflective thinking on each of the mentioned modules. Students will be guided through critical understanding of different reflective models such as Gibb’s, Donald Schon’s and Driscoll’s reflective models. Through reflective practice, learners are encouraged to critically analyse patient centred approaches in health assessment, care planning, implementation of care and evaluation of care. The interest in care innovation and the use of technology to improve and enhance care is awakened in their search for better quality and evidence based practice. Such reflective practices is an important part of the learning process to allow students to gain a better understanding of knowledge that is consolidated from practice.

Year 2 (Trimester 2)
NUR2801 Honours Thesis

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to complete an academically rigorous dissertation related to an area of clinical/nursing practice of particular interest to the student and of relevance to clinical practice. The student will also have an opportunity to utilize skills developed in the research methods and evidence based practice modules.

Campus Location
SIT@NP Building
SIT@NP Building

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
537 Clementi Road, Singapore 599493