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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR2058
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: WISEMAN A Mrs (HSC)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

Throughout the year

Assessment Pattern
Students will be assessed on:

A written reflection based on an episode of care for a patient/client with a named condition/diagnosis. Demonstrate your understanding of the pathophysiology of the condition/ diagnosis. Identify how the patient was assessed for the episode of care and analyse the care given in terms of the evidence base underpinning it (2500 words). 100%

Students will be given further guidance during lectures.
Module Overview
Module Aims
In this module the student will explore the broad concepts of the delivery of adult nursing care which will form the foundations for later studies. The module will also emphasise the importance of a sound evidence base for practice and incorporate a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to care.

It will enable the student to gain an understanding of the legislation, national policies and priorities which govern the provision for health and social care in a variety of care settings.

Underpinning all this will be a progressive development of the Essential Skills Clusters for Adult Nursing (NMC 2007).
Learning Outcomes
Professional practice skills
1. identify the links between nursing theory and the practice experienced within the practice module
2. demonstrate the ability to learn through reflection on practice

Values and attitudes
1. appreciate the legal, ethical, moral, cultural and spiritual perspectives that influence care
2. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of caring practices when dealing with patients/clients, family and carers
3. appreciate how anti-discriminatory practice applies to adult nursing environments ensuring fair and equal access to care for those who are vulnerable, such as those with learning disability

Knowledge and understanding
1. demonstrate an awareness of the application of the NMC (2008) The Code, Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives to Adult Nursing practice
2. develop an understanding of the key aspects of pathophysiology in relation to body systems and the possible impact on an individual’s health
3. understand the importance of a systematic and holistic approach to patient/client assessment using a nursing model
4. consider the implications of caring for an adult population of all ages (from transitional care to the care of the older adult)
5. understand the principles that underpin the patient journeys in Adult Health, from acute care to rehabilitation and palliative care
6. begin to explore the legal and ethical frameworks that relate to adult nursing practice
7. demonstrate an understanding of the influence and impact of local and national policies on health and social care, including The Essence of Care and National Service Frameworks (such as those for Cancer and Diabetes)
8. explain how epidemiological data influences local and national public health strategies
9. identify the main groups of medications with examples, and the usual dose, possible side effects, and contra-indications
10. outline the principles for the safe administration of medicines
11. demonstrate an awareness of the contribution of an inter-professional and inter-agency team towards a seamless patient journey

Cognitive skills
1. understand the importance of research in relation to evidence based practice.
2. apply a rationale to practice using an evidence base.
3. demonstrate an understanding of contribution of a range of assessment tools in practice.
4. employ the principles of patient safety and assessing risk.
5. demonstrate the application of knowledge required to educate patients/clients and promote health.

Key skills
1. further develop e-literacy and the ability to seek evidence for practice.
2. further develop numeracy in relation to nursing interventions such as fluid balance and drug calculations.
3. develop academic writing skills.
4. continue the development of professional communication skills appropriate to therapeutic relationships.
5. develop a questioning approach to extending one’s own knowledge
Module Content
The module will provide application of:

• Study skills for level 2 such as, reflection, analysis, medication calculations
• Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2008) The Code, Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives.
• Ethical principles of individualised care such as, respect, anti-discriminatory practice, dignity, consent and confidentiality
• Systems pathology in relation to needs assessment
• Care planning and provision of interventions
• Care needs across the adult lifespan
• The range of adult health and social care services
• The importance and means of communication between the range of services, professions and agencies
• The relevance of the National Service Frameworks and the Essence of Care to adult health
• An evidence base for practice
• Epidemiology and its relationship to Health Care policy
• Introduction to the common medicines used in adult health
• The principles for the safe administration of medicines
• The role of the nurse in ensuring patient/client safety and promoting health
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Ewles L., Simnett I., (2003) Promoting Health: A Practice Guide to Health Education 4th edn Wiley, Chichester
Gatford JD, Phillips N (2006) Nursing Calculations 7th Edition. Churchill Livingstone
Hawort K., (2004) Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia
Marieb E. N., (2009) Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 9th Edition. Pearson Education, San Francisco
McFadden R (2009) Introducing Pharmacology for nursing and healthcare Pearson Education, London
Sarkey P. (2000) The Essentials of Community Care: A guide for practitioners. Macmillan Press: London
Springhouse Corporation (2008) Assessment Made Incredibly Easy! Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, London

Baille L (Ed.) (2009) Developing practical adult nursing skills 3rd Ed, Hodder Arnold London
Chambers R & Boath E (2001 Clinical effectiveness and clinical governance made easy 2nd Ed, Radcliffe medical press, Abindon
Crawley S. (2002) Public Health in Policy and Practice Ballière Tindall, Elsevier.
Downie G, Mackenzie J, Williams A (eds.) (2003) Pharmacology and Medicine Management for Nurses 3rd Edition London, Churchill Livingstone
Ellis P (2010) Understanding Research for Nursing Students -Transforming Nursing Practice Learning matters, Exeter
Hinchliff S. (2004) The practitioner as teacher 3rd edn Churchill Livingstone, London
King’s Fund (2004) ‘Prevention Rather than Health’: Making the case for choosing health King’s Fund, London.
Schott J., Henley A. (1999) Culture, Religion and Patient Care in a Multi-Ethnic Society Age Concern Books: London
Smith P., James T., Lorentzon M., Pope R (2004) Shaping the facts: evidence based nursing and healthcare. Elsevier Science, Edinburgh.
Tones K & Green J (2003) Health promotion planning and strategies, Sage London

Harrison R., Daly L. (2006) Acute Medical Emergencies: A Nursing Guide 2nd Edition Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
Johns C, Freshwater D (eds.) (1998) Transforming Nursing Through Reflective Practice Blackwell Science, Oxford
McCane K. L., Huether S. E. (2006) Pathophysiology: The Biological Basis for Disease in Adults and Children 5th edn. Elsevier Mosby, St Louis
Robotham A., Frost M.(2005) Health Visiting Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone
UK resuscitation Council

Wilkinson J (2009) Nursing process and critical thinking, Pearson, Prentice hall, New Jersey

Journal titles
British Journal of Community Nursing
British Journal of Nursing
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Nursing Times
Nursing Standard
Professional Nurse
Nursing in Practice

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Last Updated
28TH JULY 2010