SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B724216
Module Leader Sarah Renton
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This practice learning module is for students undertaking the MSc Nursing Studies (pre-registration) Adult programme. It consists of two 8 week (628 hours) practice learning experiences. Foundation level nursing care will be practised along with the development of evidence based practice. Theoretical concepts will be applied to practice to develop knowledge and understanding. The type of PLE is identified within the Scottish OAR. The module provides students with the opportunity to develop further professional skills for nursing practice within the four NMC domains.


Standards for competency framework (NMC 2010) 1. Professional values 2. Communication and interpersonal skills 3. Nursing practice and decision-making 4. Leadership, management and team working Essential skills clusters for Part 1 of the standards for pre-registration nursing (NMC 2010) Alternative fields of practice and EU directive requirements NMC Competencies All Domain listed in the Scottish OAR for progression point 1. Essentail skills clusters are mapped to the NMC Domain competencies within the OAR.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate, with structured support, the relevant and essential skills which strengthen the professional values of safe nursing practice2. Display the appropriate communication and interpersonal skills that demonstrate safe nursing practice3. Reflect on own leadership skills and their development in relation to nursing practice4. With structured support, demonstrate the skills required for safe nursing practice and decision making across the lifespan5. Demonstrate achievement of the requirements for part 1 of the NMC (2010) Standards for Nurse Education

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be supported and supervised in practice by a qualified mentor in each Practice Learning Experience (PLE). Students will work with a qualified mentor with whom they will work at least 40% of the time to develop their professional skills in practice. Assessment will take place within each PLE and undertaken by the mentor. The first assessment will be formative, while the second is summative. Formative assessment of practice using Practice Frading Criteria. Summative assessment of practice using Practice Grading Criteria and completion of Progression Point 1 (Scottish OAR).

Indicative Reading

Boyd C 2014 Care skills for nurses Oxford; Wiley-Blackwell Docherty, C. and McCallum, J. 2009, Foundation Clinical Nursing Skills . Oxford University Press, Oxford. Dougherty L and Lister s 2011. The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures . 8 th Edn. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Glasper, A., McEwing, G. & Richardson, J. 2009, Foundation Studies for Caring: using student-centred learning . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Howatson-Jones L, Standing M and Roberts S 2014 Patient assessment and care planning in nursing . Chichester; Learning matters JISC, 2014, Developing students' digital literacy <> Jukes, M. 2009, Learning Disability Nursing Practice . Quay Books, London. 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. Normal, I.J. & Ryrie, I. 2013, The Art and Science of Mental Health: A textbook of principles and practice , Open University Press: McGaw Hill, Maidenhead. 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 Reflection Enhance patient safety and recognition of risk Digital and health literacy skills Numeracy

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Placement 628.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Placement 2: 8 weeks of Practice Learning Experience (Summative)
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 35% Placement 1: 8 weeks of Practice Learning Experience (Formative)