Clinical placements enable students to access to up-to date clinical practice areas and professional expertise within real-world practice settings. Students are supported by mentors and Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs) in placements to develop the skills and competencies that are required for contemporary nursing practice. The expertise of clinical partners is also used to inform the content of programmes, ensuring that students’ learning is underpinned by the most up-to-date clinical practice and evidence.

Inter Professional Education

Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when members of two or more professions learn with, from and about one another to improve collaboration and the quality of care (CAIPE 2011). The School of Health and Life Sciences (SHLS) at GCU is the largest provider of pre-registration IPE in Scotland and leader of the development of IPE practice. It has led the development and introduction of interprofessional modules directed at innovative learning, collaborative research and best practice which address the requirements of all the professions involved.

Our students are taught alongside allied health professional students from social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, diagnostic radiography, Therapeutic radiography, Biomedical science and dietetics.

Innovative Teaching

Ranging from utilizing mobile technology to the use of “clickers” in lectures to encourage participation and debate, we aim to enhance students’ learning experience and provide a simulating learning environment that is world class. Some examples of our broad range of blending learning methods include:

GCU Learn - a centralised virtual learning environment allowing students to access course materials, announcements, blogs, wikis, podcasts, videos, digitized content, complete formative on line tests and access other resources in one place.

Virtual Learning - Nursing and CyberPsychology currently use the 3D virtual world, “Second Life” for a number of teaching, learning and assessment projects. A virtual clinical skills laboratory has been created, which features an exact replica of the Clinical Simulation Laboratories where student nurses can learn about decision-making processes. It also hosts a virtual replica of the School’s single x-ray machine, giving students the ability to gain skills in choosing accurate exposure factors

Clinical Simulation Laboratories - a suite of rooms to reflect the real clinical situation, allowing students to learn the skills required for clinical practice in a stimulating, encouraging and safe environment. Students also have access to a VitalSim Vital Signs Simulator, connected to a manikin to simulate ECGs, heart sounds, fetal heart sounds, breath sounds, bowel sounds, blood pressure and pulses. It allows lecturers to run pre-programmed scenarios as well as write their own custom scenarios to meet specific learning objectives.

The department is committed to the common good and improving lives of society. Our programmes prepare nurses to meet the challenges of the modern profession in a global landscape. Our teaching is underpinned by current clinical practice and educational and professional research. I am exceptionally proud of the enthusiasm and professionalism of our staff and students and they continue to be recognised in their work, collaborating with health professionals across the globe.

Dr Jacqueline McCallum
Head of Department of Nursing and Community Health