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Master of Science / Postgraduate Diploma in

Advanced Emergency Nursing Practice 2012 14

/ 2012-14

Offered by: Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Co-organizer: The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Hospital Authority of Hong Kong Supported by: Sir Michael Kadoorie

Programme Organizers
The programmes are offered by the Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit of the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and co-organized by the The Nethersole School of Nursing of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong

Prof. Timothy H Rainer - Programme Director


Director of the Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. Diana Lee - Co-Director


Professor of Nursing and Director, The Nethersole School of Nursing; Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. Colin A Graham - Deputy Programme Director


Professor, Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Poon Wai Kwong - Deputy Programme Director


Professional Consultant, Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ms Josephine YM Chung - Deputy Programme


Advanced Practice Nurse, Accident and Emergency Department, Prince of Wales Hospital

Table of Contents
Introduction ... Programme Objectives Target Participants Programme Structure and Duration ....... Medium of Instruction Mode of Delivery Programme Contents . Course Lists and Detailed Course Descriptions Recognitions and Exemptions .. Overseas Degree Graduation Requirements ...... 11 Application for Deferral Application Details ...... Application Procedures Application fee Programme Fees Deadline for Applications Information Sessions .. .. ... 13 Information and Enquiries .. .. 14

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Entry Requirements .... 10


Programme Objectives
This is the first programme in Hong Kong designed to provide emergency nurses with the skills, knowledge and competency to offer advanced nursing care for patients in emergency departments. The course will build on the existing foundation experience of emergency nurses, and further develop their potential in independent advanced nursing practice in the emergency department. This will also provide a platform to share experience and expertise in order to enhance the continuing development within the role of an emergency nurse practitioner. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in a process of critical reflection on their practice and learning. This will allow them to sensibly challenge assumptions underlying clinical practice and will guide their personal development.

Target Participants
The main target students for this course are experienced emergency nurses who are keen to develop knowledge and skills and competency in preparation to work as independent emergency nurse practitioners.

Programme Structure
Programme Structure
The Postgraduate Diploma and Masters are part-time modular courses comprising two terms offered each year. Applicants may EITHER do the PgD in ONE year OR the Masters in TWO years. The Postgraduate Diploma includes 24 units of core modules (each unit = 13 hours) and no elective modules. This may be completed in ONE year. The Masters is a continuation of the Postgraduate Diploma programme. It includes 37 units of Advanced Emergency Nursing Care the same 24 units of core modules from the Postgraduate Diploma, and an additional 13 units. The Postgraduate Diploma may be completed in one year, whilst the Masters normally takes a minimum of two years. Students from both programmes will undertake 156 hours of clinical attachment. Classes for the Postgraduate Diploma and the first year of the Masters are conducted simultaneously, as the course content is the same. Classes will normally be held between 9am and 6pm on Monday at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Students will attend a total of 25 lectures. Please refer to our Unit website for any update in the arrangements and timetable of the lectures and clinical attachment.

Medium of Instruction
English will be used as the main language for instruction.

Mode of Delivery
A multidisciplinary approach, including lectures, classroom exercises, seminars, workshops, tutorials, fieldwork, and home 5 study assignments, will be used.

Programme Contents
Postgraduate Diploma In Advanced Emergency Nursing Practice & Master of Science In Advanced Emergency Nursing Practice (Year 1)

Course List
Course Code AENP5001 AENP5002 AENP5003 AENP5004 AENP5005 Course Title Professional Development and Decision Making Acute Illness Management Acute Injury Management Clinical Practice Facilitating Learning Total Units 3 4 4 12 1 24 Contact Hours 39 52 52 156 13 312

Detailed Course Descriptions

Course Code

Course Title
Professional Development and Decision Making


Contact Hours

Minimum Grade#

This module aims to investigate through review of the literature and relevant research, the issues surrounding role expansion in relation to autonomous practice. It will encourage exploration of the socio-economic, professional, political ethical and legal influences on role development in Hong Kong, and explore the benefits of change management/service development models. It will also encourage students to apply theory to analyse decision-making processes used in their independent practice.


Acute Illness Management


This module aims to explore the physiology, pathophysiology and health promotion in relation to minor illness management. The module encourages the review of evidence and research allowing the student to scrutinize and challenge current management of minor illness in the acute and primary care setting. #Minimum grade refers to the grade required to fulfill the programme requirement. All courses should be graded A F, where C is the minimum required to pass the course

Detailed Course Description (Contd)

Course Code

Course Title
Acute Injury Management


Contact Hours

Minimum Grade#

The Acute Injury Management module aims to enable students to develop confidence and competence in aspects of clinical examination relating minor injury, and applying appropriate intervention. This is achieved through application of the anatomy and physiology to the clients presenting complaint, whilst considering the individuals psychosocial needs. A series of lectures, seminars and workshops encourage active student participation. Clinical examination skills will be enhanced through the consideration of theoretical principles.


Clinical Practice



This module, which runs over two terms, provides a focus on clinical practice to ensure that the students have opportunity to develop the new skills necessary to work as an ENP. There is no theoretical component to this module, but the student draws upon the knowledge gained in ENP5001, ENP5002 and ENP5003. In order to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes of the course, students are required to provide evidence of their competence in portfolio submitted at the end of term 2. The grade for this course will be assigned at the end of term 2. Throughout the course students will need to focus on how they are going to achieve their clinical competencies in their clinical work, through continually assessing and developing their own learning objectives depending on their individual needs. These will be negotiated and validated with a tutor. Achievement of these objectives over the course will be demonstrated through the compilation of their own portfolio. This portfolio of evidence provides the framework for the process and assessment of student ability to practice as an ENP. There are two essential parts to the course, which complement each other, educationally led practice and academic knowledge. This module pulls together these two components to enable students to develop and demonstrate competence.


Facilitating Learning


This single unit module provides the student with opportunity to build upon the knowledge and experience of supervision/mentorship by analyzing the teaching and learning methods used in the course. This will include a review of methods of facilitating learning the classroom and clinical setting. Students will learn the general principles of classroom and clinical teaching, and secondly will be trained to teach future students of this ENP Course. Thus, at the end of the course students should be compete to function as future teachers of the course. #Minimum grade refers to the grade required to fulfill the programme requirement. All courses should be graded A F, where C is the minimum required to pass the course 7

Master of Science In Advanced Emergency Nursing Practice (Year 2)

Course List
Course Code Course Title Units Contact Hours

AENP5006 AENP5007 AENP5008

Research Methods Statistical Methods for Research MSc Project and Dissertation Total

2 2 9 13

26 26 117 169

Detailed Course Descriptions

Course Code

Course Title
Research Methods


Contact Hours

Minimum Grade#

Candidates will be instructed on basic research methodology, sources of funding for research, principles of literature review, protocol generation and report writing. They will be assessed on their ability to produce a coherent and concise proposal for their MSc Project. It will be predominantly lecture based and will assume no prior knowledge of research methodology.


Statistical Methods for Research


Candidates will be introduced to basic statistical concepts, categorical and continuous data, parametric and non parametric tests (including simple tests for statistical significance) and principles of logistic and linear regression. Candidates will also be given advice on how and when to seek expert statistical advice. Emphasis will be placed on basic concepts throughout and will be tailored to the statistics required to allow the candidate to carry out their research project adequately. Testing will be by means of coursework.


MSc Project and Dissertation


The MSc Project will allow the candidate to demonstrate that they have achieved a complete understanding of research methodology and basic statistical analysis by undertaking a supervised research project on some aspect of advanced emergency nursing care (with input from the supervisor). The project should be of a standard worthy of publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and candidates will be encouraged to submit their work to a suitable journal on its completion. The dissertation should be around 20 000 words long and include a comprehensive literature review, rationale and explanation of the methodology used, clearly laid out results and a coherent discussion of the implications of the study with appropriate referencing. #Minimum grade refers to the grade required to fulfill the programme requirement. All courses should be graded A F, where C is the minimum required to pass the course

Recognitions & Exemptions

The Award
On completion of PgD/ Master program, graduates are entitled to obtain the award of Postgraduate Diploma/ Master of Science in Advanced Emergency Nursing Practice from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Recognitions from the IANS

The first year program is recognized by the Institute of Advanced Nursing Studies (IANS). Successful completion of the first year of the program along with at least two years of clinical experience in emergency nursing leads to the award of a Post Registration Certificate from the IANS.

CNE Accreditation
MSc: 377 CNE Points; PgD: 208 CNE Points

Unit Exemption for Master of Nursing Programme

Graduates of this PgD Programme may apply for up to 9 units of exemption:
Course Code NURS6033 Course Topic Advanced Nursing Practice I Units 3


Advanced Nursing Practice II

Advanced Nursing Practice III Total

3 9

If successful, graduates will be able to complete the Master of Nursing programme at the Nethersole School of Nursing in one academic year.

Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements
1. Fulfill the General Qualifications for admission: Master programme Graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or Graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" in undergraduate courses; or Completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma programme: Graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree. 2. Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement prescribed by the Graduate School. 3. Additional entry requirements: It is preferred if applicants have experiences in an emergency field.

Overseas Awards

Applicants with degrees awarded by overseas universities by distance learning or by completing a curriculum of short duration may be required to provide assessment report from the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) on the level of qualification obtained. For details and application procedures, please visit the website of 10 HKCAAVQ at:

Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requriements
Students must undertake ALL clinical attachments Emergency Department of the Prince of Wales Hospital. at the

Students must attend at least 80% of the lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops, complete the necessary course requirements (assignments, examinations etc), and are required to obtain a cumulative overall GPA of at least 2.0 in order to graduate. All postgraduate students are required to pass the IT Proficiency Test before they can graduate. Students who have previously passed the IT Proficiency Test while studying for another CUHK programme may apply for exemption.

Candidates who only partially meet the requirements for the Diploma and Masters may reapply for subsequent years and gain exemption from the modules that they completed before. Students who meet the additional requirements will be awarded the Masters degree.

Application for Deferral

If students encounter any problem in completing the Clinical Practice (AENP 5004) in one year, they may apply for deferral of graduation. No additional tuition fee will be charged. Maximum study period: Master: 4 year (min. 2 years) Pg Dip: 3 years (min. 1 year) All applications of deferral of graduation are subject to the final 11 decision and approval of the Graduate School

Application Details
Application Procedures for Both Programmes
Applicants are encouraged to use the online application procedures to save time and postage. Please visit the Graduate School website at: Paper application forms are also obtainable:

From the Graduate School Office (Room G01, G/F., Academic Building No.1, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.) or By contacting Miss Junie Yiu, in Room 02C54, 2/F, Main Clinical Block & Trauma Centre, Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T.

Completed application forms and required support documents should be returned to the Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit no later than 30th April 2012.

Application Fee
HK$180 (non refundable)

Programme Fee
MSc: HK$140,000 (2 years) PgD: HK$72,000 (1 year) All payable in two installments in each academic year

Deadline for Application

30th April 2012


Information Sessions
Interested parties may attend one or both of two information sessions. Venue: Time: Dates: Conference Room, 2/F, Main Clinical Block & Trauma Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital 6:00pm to 8:00pm 20 December 2011 (Tue) 21 February 2012 (Tue) 13 March 2012 (Tue)

Registration: For registration, please contact the programme administrator at Website of Graduate School, CUHK Website of AEMAU, CUHK (Detailed Course booklet available)


Information & Enquiries

Please contact: Miss Junie Yiu Project Coordinator Room 02C54, 2/F, Main Clinical Block & Trauma Centre, Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong Telephone: (852) 2632-1145 Fax: (852) 2648-1469 Email:

The Programme organizers reserve the right to cancel or postpone the Programme if the number of registered students is insufficient or for other unforeseen reasons.