SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B726076
Module Leader Christopher Borge
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module provides students from all fields of nursing with an introduction to the fundamental nursing skills and theory outlined within the 7 NMC platforms. Learning around the underpinning principles of nursing assessment, and the necessary communication and interpersonal skills required for effective nursing practice, will provide students with an essential foundation to develop through the spiral curriculum. The opportunity to develop these practical skills will be provided within the Interprofessional Simulation Centre (ISC). Students will also be introduced to the evidence base and principles of holistic care.


-360b7 Introduction to the nursing process and nursing assessment b7 Verbal and non-verbal communication skills b7 Foundational clinical skills (i.e. handwashing, bed making, obtaining samples) b7 Foundations of undertaking and interpreting physiological assessment b7 Patient safety and wellbeing in the clinical environment b7 Introduction to fluid balance and nutritional status b7 Consent b7 Digital health, health literacy b7 Introduction to anatomy and physiology of body systems b7 Introduction to psychological skills b7 Introduction to the concept of illness b7 Mandatory Training: -360 o Fire safety o SIPCEP o Basic life support o Moving and Handling o Introduction to Therapeutic Management of Aggression and Violence o Dementia o Numeracy NMC Proficiencies 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 2.3, 2.9 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3.13, 3.15, 3.16 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.7, 4.8, 4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 4.13 5.4 6.1, 6.3, 6.6, 6.8 7.1, 7.8, 7.9 EU Directives A.a.1, A.a.2, A.a.3, A.a.4, A.a.5, Aa.7, A.b.1, A.b.3, A.b.5, A.c.1, A.c.2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the principles which underpin nursing assessment and the nursing process.2. Demonstrate awareness of communication and interpersonal skills required in undertaking nursing assessment.3. Discuss the need for evidence based practice in the acquisition and application of nursing skills.4. Demonstrate awareness of the relevance of technology, digital health, and health literacy in relation to the delivery of safe, effective, person-centred care.5. Develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and how this relates to, and supports, nursing assessment.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using blended learning approaches, including face to face teaching, and simulation, to improve the student experience. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience using case-based scenarios. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Teaching approaches will include a variety of methods which may include seminars, tutorials, group work, workshops, role play, reflective exercises, guided reading and online learning.

Indicative Reading

ATHERTON, H., & CRICKMORE, D., 2011. Learning Disabilities: Towards Inclusion. 6th Ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. BARR, O. & GATES, B., 2018. Oxford handbook of learning and intellectual disability nursing. USA: Oxford University Press. BURNS, D. 2018. Foundations of Adult Nursing. 2 nd ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. DOCHERTY, C., & MCCALLUM, J., 2009. Foundation Clinical Nursing Skills. Oxford: Oxford University Press. EMMERSON, E. & HATTON, C., 2014. Health Inequalities and People with Learning Disabilities, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. GLASPER, A., COAD, J. & RICHARDSON, J., 2014. Children and Young People's Nursing at a Glance. Chichester: Wiley. GORMLEY-FLEMING, E., & MARTIN, D., 2018. Children and Young People's Nursing Skills at a Glance. Chichester: Wiley JISC, 2019, Developing students' digital literacy [online] JISC [viewed 12/07/2019]. Available from: PEATE, I. & GORMLEY-FLEMING, E., 2014. Fundamentals of Children`s Anatomy and Physiology Wiley-Blackwell Available on line at Discover GCU: <> PEATE, I. & GORMLEY-FLEMING, E., 2019.Fundamentals of Children's Applied Pathophysiology: An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students. Chichester: Wiley PRICE, J. & Mc ALINDEN, O., 2018. Essentials of Nursing Children and Young People. London: Sage. NASH, M., 2014. Physical Health and Well-Being in Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Skills for Practice. 2nd ed. Maidenhead, Berkshire: Open University. NORMAN, I J., and RYRIE, I. 2017. The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: Principles and Practice. 4 th ed. London: Open University Press. MUTSATA, S., 2017. Medicines Management in Mental Health Nursing. Second edition. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. WAUGH, A. & GRANT, A., 2018. Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in health and illness. 13th ed. Elsevier: London.

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Communication (verbal and non-verbal) and team working b7 Independent learning skills b7 Study, IT and time management skills b7 Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice b7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving b7 Simulated practice skills b7 Confidence b7 Reflection b7 Enhance patient safety and recognise risk b7 Digital and health literacy skills b7 Numeracy

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Online Exam