SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B723331
Module Leader Mairead Collie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module comprises of two trimesters of theory and practice relating to skills for all fields of nursing practice and includes nine weeks (320 hours) in a practice learning environment. The module provides students from all fields of nursing with an introduction to fundamental generic skills within the four NMC domains dovetailed into the four fields of practice. An opportunity to develop these skills will be provided within the Interprofessional Simulation Centre (ISC) and involvement in the delivery of care across a variety of settings.


Person-centred care across the lifespan Verbal and non-verbal communication (including counselling) Essential patient care e.g. handwashing, vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, assisting with personal hygiene, fluid balance and nutritional assessment, elimination, pressure area care First aid (responding to emergencies) Fundamentals of infection control Moving and Handling Introduction to Therapeutic Management of Aggression and Violence Introduction to medicines management Numeracy Consent Patient safety and risk assessment Introduction to wound care Introduction to digital health Introduction to concepts of health literacy Cleanliness Champion Programme Dementia Champions Programme NMC Competencies All Domains listed in the Scottish OAR for progression point 1. Essential skills clusters are mapped to the NMC Domain competencies within the OAR Adult D1 1.1,2,5,6,7,9 D2 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 D3 1, 1.1, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 5, 6, 7. 8 D4 7 Mental Health D1, 1.1, 2, 2.1, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8.1, 9 D2 1.1, 1.2, 2, 3, 4, 4.1, 55, 5.1, 6, 6.1, 7, 8 D3 1, 1.1, 2, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 5, 5.1,6, 6.1,7, 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 9.1 D4 3, 7 Learning Disability D1 1, 1.1, 2, 2.1, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 D2 1, 1.1, 2, 2.1, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 5, 6, 7, 8 D3 1, 1.1, 1.2, 3, 3.1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8.1 D4 2.1, 4, 7 Child D1 1.1, 2, 2.1, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 D2 1, 1.1, 2, 2.1, 3, 3.1, 6, 7, 8 D3 1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, 3, 3.1, 4, 5, 5.1, 6, 6.1, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10 D4 1.2, 7, 7.1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic physiological principles which will underpin professional skills for practice.2. Demonstrate how psychological and sociological knowledge can be applied to professional skills for practice. 3. Demonstrate an awareness of communication and interpersonal skills required to deliver compassionate, person centred care. 4. Relate theory to essential nursing care. 5. Apply an evidence-based approach to safe and effective nursing practice.6. Demonstrate development of fundamental clinical skills by means of clinical simulation, including the involvement of simulated patients. 7. Understand the importance of engaging with Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) to demonstrate personal and professional development.8. Demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of technology, digital and health literacy associated with the delivery of person centred care.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using blended learning approaches, including simulation, to improve the student experience. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience. Students will be supported and supervised in practice by a qualified mentor in the Practice Learning Experience (PLE). Students will be allocated a Hub PLE and a qualified mentor with whom they will work at least 40% of the time to develop fundamental professional skills in practice. The PLE will be in the form of a formative 3-week introductory PLE in trimester A. The second 6 week PLE in trimester B will be assessed using the Scottish OAR. Assessment of numeracy skills will be incorporated in the summative assessment-online quiz

Indicative Reading

Barker, P. 2008, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The craft of caring, 2 nd ed, Taylor Francis, USA. Cottrell, S. 2013, The study skills handbook, 4 th ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Coyne, I., Neill, F. & Timmons, F. 2010, Clinical Skills in Children's' Nursing , Oxford University Press, Oxford. Docherty, C. and McCallum, J. (eds), 2009, Foundation Clinical Nursing Skills, Oxford University Press, Oxford Glasper, A., McEwing, G. & Richardson, J. (eds), 2009, Foundation Skills for Caring: using student-centred learning . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Glasper, A. & Richardson J. 2010, A textbook of children's and young people's nursing , 2 nd ed. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. JISC, 2014 , Developing students' digital literacy <> Jukes, M. 2009, Learning Disability Nursing Practice. Quay Books, London. Macqueen, S., Bruce, E. & Gibson, F. (eds), 2012, The Great Ormond Street Hospital Manual of Children's Nursing Practices , Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. Nash, M. 2010, Physical Health and wellbeing in Mental Health Nursing: Clinical skills for practice McGraw Hill, Berkshire. NES 2014, The health literacy place <> NHS Scotland, 2014, Making it Easy: A health literacy action plan for Scotland . Scottish Government <> Nicol, M, Bavin, C. & Cronin P. 2013, Essential Nursing Skills , 4 th ed. Mosby Elsevier. Norman, I.J. & Ryrie, I. 2013, The Art and Science of Mental Health: A textbook of principles and practice, Open University Press: McGraw Hill, Maidenhead. Websites Nursing Midwifery Council <> Healthcare Improvement Scotland <> Knowledge Network <>

Transferrable Skills

Communication (verbal and non-verbal) Understanding of holistic person-centred care Assessment and decision making skills Independent and team working skills Simulated practice skills Literature searching and integration Reflection Enhance patient safety and recognise risk Digital and health literacy skills Numeracy

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 96.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Placement 320.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 40% Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record6 weeks of Practice Learning Experience
Course Work 01 2.00 100.00 40% On-Line Quiz of Reusable Learning Objects:Summative assessment