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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR3124
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: RALEIGH M Ms (HSC)
Number of credits: 40 Number of ECTS credits: 20
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Portfolio of Practice (100%)

Part A

Assessing ongoing personal and professional development in practice and demonstrating the module learning outcomes, with one summative assessment. Part A will also include the summative assessment of medication administration and calculations in practice. The calculation of medications must demonstrate 100% accuracy to pass. There must be a record of progressive development of the Essential Skills for Adult Nursing.

Part B

A 3,000 word assignment critically discussing the barriers to the implementation of evidence based nursing practice and strategies used to overcome them in practice. It will incorporate biopsychosocial perspective, legal and ethical debates and reference to relevant policy, as well as recommendations for practice development.

The mentor will be expected to verify the experiences as a true record of practice. A reference list will be provided and the student will demonstrate protection of confidential information for the written assignment.

Part B will be percentage marked and from the module assessment grade.
Module Overview
Module Aims

To provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate progression in personal and professional development within an evidence based approach to the delivery and management of care in a variety of settings, using the knowledge gained from the theoretical module in year 3. To develop political awareness, leadership and managerial skills to support the emerging professional roles of self and others. To apply the knowledge of research to develop practice through exploration of potential practice focussed project ideas. To continue development of the Essential Skills required for entry to the NMC Register of Adult Nursing.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Professional Practice Skills

1. Practice in accordance with the NMC standards and guidelines
2. Participate and contribute to inter-professional, patient / client focussed assessment
3. Demonstrate application of effective infection control in self and in the encouragement of others
4. Demonstrate leadership in the context of patient / client safety
5. Demonstrate communication skills within a multidisciplinary / agency approach to promote caring relationships and a seamless patient / client journey which reflects the needs of the individual and their carers
6. Contribute to an environment in which user involvement underpins and guides practice development. Facilitate patient / client autonomy in the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care.
7. Evaluation own practice and that of others in relation to a range of clinical skills with due consideration to the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the nurse
8. Demonstrate management and leadership skills by prioritising own work and helping others to prioritise theirs
9. Participate in the management and administration of medication under supervision
10. Demonstrate accurate calculation of medicines in practice (100% pass in practice based test)
11. Continue development of the Essential Skills required for entry to the NMC Register of Adult Nursing for completion in the Supervised Practice Module

Values and attitudes

1. Promote a professional image in all aspects of care delivery
2. Demonstrate the importance of team working with punctuality, reliability and consideration for the roles of others
3. Demonstrate a proactive approach to learning, taking the opportunity to seek out a variety of experiences that will enable completion of the Essential Skills Clusters (ESCs)
4. Advocate and promote ethical, moral, emp0athic, cultural and spiritual sensitivity including respect for patient / client’s privacy and dignity, in relation to all aspects of care
5. Respect the contribution of other health care professionals and agencies contributing to care provision

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how own and others professional image and behaviour impacts upon care
2. Recognise why national policies are delivered and how they are implemented in practice in order to reduce health inequalities and improve health such as NSF recommendations to specific care provision
3. Understand how to manage the learning and support of others by utilising effective management, communication and demonstration skills, underpinned by a sound evidence base
4. Apply a critical understanding of bio-psychosocial factors impacting upon the patient / client and their family whilst assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating care
5. Recognise and manage factors which influence access to health services for ‘hard to reach groups’ who have complex health needs
6. Identify and utilise the evidence for best practice to promote high quality care
7. Understand how clinical decision making skills are utilised and analysed in practice

Key skills

1. Demonstrate self management in planning ahead to meet deadlines
2. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication in a range of modalities
3. Retrieve information from a variety of sources such as journals and others
4. Handle numerical information accurately such as fluid balance, calculations, medicine calculations, vital signs and others
Module Content
The student will provide evidence through work with patients and clients how they achieved their learning outcomes (see assessment of practice portfolio documentation). They will also continue to develop a range of essential nursing skills required for entry to the NMC Register of Adult Nursing. This will be achieved by:

Providing and promoting a caring environment for individual patients / clients
Inter-agency and inter-professional communication promoting a seamless patient / client
Demonstrating effective infection control
Participating and undertaking complex dressings using aseptic technique
Safe utilisation under supervision of care interventions such as female catheterisation, naso-
gastric tube insertion, airway management, intravenous fluid delivery, suture / clip removal
and others appropriate to the practice area and mentor
Medicine calculation, administration and management under supervision
Nutritional assessment and provision of nutrition
Providing and promoting a safe environment where care is evidence based
Cultural competence
The formation, maintenance and closure of caring relationships
Development and progressive completion of the Essential Skills required for entry to the
Adult Nursing Register

Linking Theory to Practice

As advised with all taught sessions, you need to consider theory learned and apply this to the practice you experience. Regularly discuss with your mentor your understanding of how theory applies to practice to ensure you are making these links.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Barker, J 2009 Evidence Based Practice for Nurses Sage London

Bradshaw P 2004 Health Policy for Healthcare Professionals [electronic resources

Chambers R and Boath E 2007 Clinical Effectiveness and Clinical Governance Made Easy
4th edn Radcliffe Medical Press Oxford

Department of Health National Service Frameworks (NSFs) available at

Melnyk B and Fineout-Overholt E 2010 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare:
A Guide to Best Practice 2nd edn Lippincott Williams &
Wilkins London

Parker G 2003 Cross Functional Teams: Working with Allies, Enemies and Other Strangers
Jossey Bass San Francisco

Parker, P 2009 Managing Change in Health Care Sage London

Peate, I 2007 Becoming a Nurse in the 21st Century Wiley Padstow

Sullivan EJ and Garland G 2010 Practical Leadership and Management in Nursing Pearson
Education Harlow

Talbot Smith A and Pollock A 2006 The New NHS A Guide Routledge Abingdon

Thompson C and Dowding D (eds) 2002 Clinical Decision Making and Judgements in
Nursing Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh


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

Burnard P and Gill P 2009 Culture, Communication and Nursing Pearson Education Harlow

Castledine G 2001 Healthcare Professionals Must Work Better as Teams British Journal of
Nursing 10 (14): 959

Colyer H 2004 The Construction and Development of Health Professionals: Where Will it
End? Journal of Advanced Nursing 48 (4): 406 – 412

Craig JV and Smyth (eds) 2005 The Evidence Based Practice Manual for Nurses Churchill
6th edn Livingstone Edinburgh

Gatford J and Phillips N 2005 Nursing Calculations Churchill 6th edn Livingstone Edinburgh

Leddy SK and Hood L 2009 Leddy and Pepper’s Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing
7th edn Lippincott Williams & Wilkins London
Martin V and Henderson E (eds) 2001 Managing in Health and Social Care Routledge

Marquis B and Huston C 2006 Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing 5th
edn Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins Philadelphia

Moullin M 2002 Delivering Excellence in Health and Social Care Open University Press

Savage J 1995 Intimacy in Nursing Scutari London

Sullivan E and Decker P 2005 Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing 6th edn
Pearson New Jersey


Cole GA 2004 Management: Theory and Practice 6th edn Thompson London

Hornby D and Atkins J (eds) 2000 Collaborative Care Interprofessional, Interagency and
Interprofessional 2nd edn Blackwell Science London

Lawler J 2006 Behind the Screens: Nursing, Somology and the Problem of the Body
Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh

McNichol E and Hamer S 2007 Leadership and Management: A 3 Dimensional Approach
Nelson Thornes Cheltenham

Senior B and Fleming J 2006 Organisational Change 3rd edn Prentice Hall New Jersey

Journal titles

British Journal of Healthcare Management
Harvard Business Review
Journal of Nursing Management
British Journal of Community Nursing
British Journal of Nursing
Community Practitioner
Health Services Journal
Nurse Researcher
Nursing Ethics
Journal of Advanced Nursing
The UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE)

Web sites


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