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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR3094
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: COWARD M Miss (HSC)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
A 3000 word academic assignment which demonstrates an exploration of their role in relation to relevant policy.
Module Overview
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to support flexible learning opportunities in order to develop independent learners who are able to address the complexities of modern health and social care policy and provision in an innovative manner.

Specific Aims

To enable registered nurses working within the cancer care setting to explore their role in this area of practice. This module will allow practitioners to critically analyse practice and plan for future changes.
Learning Outcomes
On completing this module the student should be able to:

Subject Knowledge and Understanding
• Identify learning needs and formulate an individualised, self-directed program of learning through the use of a personal development plan

Cognitive/intellectual skills
• Evaluate and develop their professional knowledge through ongoing reflection in and on practice relevant to the chosen area
• Critically discuss the validity of the chosen topic area in relation to their professional practice

Practical Skills
• Demonstrate the ability to link theory to practice in relation to the chosen topic area in order to demonstrate an understanding of evidence based practice

Key transferable skills
• Critically analyse the socio-political climate impacting on the chosen area of study

• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant policy relating to cancer care in their area of practice
• Utilise current evidence-based knowledge to underpin clinical decision making and to evaluate interventions
• Demonstrate an understanding of different approaches to cancer care and substantiate their own practice approaches
• Critically evaluate the variety of roles involved in caring for patients with cancer
• Analyse own professional role within the Oncology multi-professional team

Clinical Learning Outcomes
• Demonstrate an understanding of the patient pathway and critically analyse this in relation to the Cancer Reform Strategy and Manual of Cancer Standards
• Ensure that all oncology practice is evidence based

Module Content
The academic content of the module concentrates on integrating theoretical and practical knowledge in order to enable the student to study a relevant area of healthcare relevant to their professional role. The content will be negotiated between the student and the specialist tutor. Key themes to be covered in relation to the specific subject are:
Introduction to the module and assessment of learning needs
Applied bio/psycho/social aspects
Assessment tools
Management of patient/client care, safety and comfort
Effective communication skills
Reflection in and on practice
Evidence based practice
Risk assessment
Policy relating to cancer care – nationally and locally
Exploration of local approaches to cancer care
Critical analysis of own role in relation to cancer patient needs
Discussion of role in relation to other health care professionals
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Overall Student Workload – 200 hours

Taught/Work-based Learning/Self-directed learning – to be confirmed through individualised learning agreements
Selected Texts/Journals
Allwood M, Stanley A, Wright P (eds) 1997 The cytotoxic handbook 3rd edn Radcliffe Medical Press, Oxford

Baraclough J 1999 Cancer and emotion: a practical guide to psycho-oncology Wiley, Chichester

Costain Schou K, Hewison J 1999 Experiencing cancer: quality of life in treatment Open University Press, Buckingham

Corner J, Bailey C (eds) 2001 Cancer Nursing Care in Context Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Department of Health 2000 National service framework for cancer care. HMSO, London.

Department of Health 2000 The NHS Cancer Plan HMSO London

Department of Health 2004 The NHS Cancer Plan and the new NHS: Providing a patient-centred service HMSO, London.

Department of Health 2004 Manual of Cancer Standards HMSO London

Department of Health 2007 Cancer Reform Strategy HMSO London

Gates RA, Fink RM 2001 Oncology Nursing Secrets 2nd Edn. Henley & Belfus, Philadelphia.

Groenwald SL, Yarbo CH, GoodmanM & Frogge MH. (eds) 2005 Cancer Nursing Principles and Practice 6th edn. Jones and Bartlett, Boston

Hancock B (ed) 1996 Cancer care in the community Radcliffe Medical, Oxford

Henke Yarbro C, Hansen Frog M, Goodman M 1999 Cancer Symptoms Management 2nd Ed James & Bartlett, USA.

Holmes, S 1996 Radiotherapy: a guide for practice 2nd edn Asset, Dorking

Holmes, S 1997 Cancer chemotherapy: a guide for practice 2nd edn Asset, Dorking

Kearney N & Richardson A (eds) 2005 Nursing Patients with Cancer: Principles and Practice Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh

King RJB 2000 Cancer Bilogy. 2nd edn. Pearson Prentice Hall, Harlow.

McCancer KL. Huether SE 2006 Pathpohysiology: The Basic Biology for Disease in Adults and Chidren. 5th edn. St Louis, Elsevier Mosby.

Royal College of Nursing 2005 A Framework for Adult Cancer Nursing RCN London

Souhami R. Tobias J 2003 Cancer and its management. 4th edn. Prentice Hall, London.

Twycross R 1997 Symptom management in advanced cancer 2nd edn Radcliffe Medical, Oxford

Watson M & Lucas C 2003 Adult Palliative Care Guidelines SWSH


British Medical Journal
Cancer Nursing
Cancer Nursing Practice
European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Gastrointestinal Nursing
International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Oncology Nursing Forum
Seminars in Oncology Nursing

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30TH JULY 2010