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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: NUR1008 Module Title: FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING CARE
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR1008
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: HAYNES CG Ms (HSC)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Semester 1
Assessment Pattern


Essay (1,000 words) focused on professional values, communication or assessment (this will also serve as a diagnostic exercise for identification of any writing difficulties).


Examination (one hour, on-line multiple choice – 50 items) focused on body structure and function

Module Overview

Entry criteria to the programme.
Module Aims

The students will start to develop a professional approach to the delivery of care by developing an understanding of how the knowledge of practice, (including professional, ethical and legal processes) must be underpinned by knowledge of relevant sociological, psychological and physiological theory. Students will begin to develop their communication and self-awareness skills required for professional practice. Students will also be introduced to essential and core nursing skills in the skills laboratory (e.g. hand washing, moving and handling).

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

1. describe the constituent parts of the body at the chemical, cellular, tissue and organ level. 

2. name the bones of the skeleton and the major parts and overall functions of the muscular skeletal system. 

3. describe the structure and function of the reproductive, urinary and gastrointestinal tract. 

4. describe the structure and function of the heart, lungs and blood vessels. 

5. describe the structure and function of the skin and the control of body temperature. 

6. identify the main features and characteristics of common micro-organisms. 

7. show a basic knowledge and understanding of communication including verbal, non verbal written, listening and empathic skills. 

8. develop an awareness of a range of themes such as gender, family life and age from a sociological and psychological perspective. 

9. demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the fundamentals of psycho/social developments across the life span. 

10. undertake and document a comprehensive, systematic nursing assessment of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients/clients. 

11. produce a plan of nursing care which includes problem solving, with due consideration for the patient/client perspective. 

12. discuss and apply appropriate interventions in order to achieve the identified goals on the care plan.

Cognitive skills

13. demonstrate awareness of the module content and how the knowledge gained may be applied in future practice. 

14. recognise the theory taught on the module supports what nurses, midwives and ODPs do in practice. 

15. recognise the necessity of background reading to progress on the programme.

Key skills

16. acquire and develop key skills such as literacy, numeracy and computer skills needed to record, enter, retrieve, and organise data essential for care delivery. 

17. be able to review and evaluate information/ published literature from a variety of different sources.

Module Content
The module will provide an introduction to anatomy, physiology, biological sciences, psychology and sociology informing health care, and the application of these concepts to nursing practice. Additionally there will be an overview of psycho-social developments across the lifespan, an introduction to communication skills and to systematic nursing assessment. The boundaries of nursing professionalism will also be explored with emphasis on required behaviour e.g. with regard to patient/client confidentiality.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Selected Texts/Journals


Brooker C, Waugh A (2007) Foundations of Nursing Practice (Fundamentals of
Holistic Care) Mosby Elsevier

Cowen M, Maier P and Price G (2009) Study Skills for Nursing and Healthcare Students, Pearson Education

Dougherty L, Lister S (2008) The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of clinical Nursing Procedures (7th edn) Wiley - Blackwell

Gatford J, Phillips N (2002) Nursing Calculations Churchill Livingstone, London

Marieb E (2009) Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (9th edn) Pearson Education. San Francisco

Ogden J (2007) Health Psychology (4th edn) McGraw Hill

Smith E, Atkinson R L and Fredrickson B (2002) Atkinson and Hilgard’s Introduction to Psychology 14th edn Wadsworth London

Tschudin V (2005) The Caring Relationship. Elsevier

Walsh M (2004) Introduction to Sociology for Health Care Workers Nelson Thornes


This is reading that will inform the content. You should endeavour to read some of the following.

Baillie L (2005) Developing Practical Nursing Skills 2nd edn Arnold London

Gates B (Ed) (2007) Learning Disabilities: Toward Inclusion Elsevier London

Heron J (2001) Helping the client: A creative practical guide 5th edn. SAGE
Publications, London

Kirby S, Hart D, Cross D and Mitchell G (eds) (2004) Mental Health Nursing: Competencies for Practice. Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke

Trigg E and Mohammed TA (2006) Practices in Children’s Nursing: Guidelines for
Hospital and Community 2nd edn Churchill Livingstone Edingburgh


Bee H, Boyd D (2002) Lifespan development 3rd edn. Pearson Allyn and Bacon, USA

Holland K, Jenkins J, Solomon J, Whittam S (2003) Applying the Roper-Logan-Tierney
model in practice Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Journal titles

British Journal of Nursing
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Mental Health Practice
Nursing Times
Nursing Standard
Paediatric Nursing
Professional Nurse

Last Updated

27TH JULY 2010