SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B726077
Module Leader n/a
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

Students will be introduced to concepts relating to human rights and fundamental ethical theories - and how these underpin and inform nursing practice, codes of conduct, legislation and other safeguards. This module will introduce students to the concept of values in the context of individuals across the life span, organisations, global populations and all fields of nursing practice. Through consideration of how values are formed, influenced and perceived, students will consider their own values to facilitate their personal and professional development and identity as a nurse. Evidence, theories and principles will be explored to develop understanding of how values are applied to impact, and shape the delivery of safe, compassionate and effective person- and family- centred care. The module will promote understanding and respect for diversity, placing the values of individual users at the centre of care, listening to what people say, seeing the whole person and where appropriate, recognising the person as the "expert" in their care experience.


Key values underpinning health and social care Ethical theories, principles and their application in all fields of nursing care - veracity, consent, empowerment, advocacy, confidentiality, accountability Values in context - personal, professional, organisational and global Personhood & awareness of self Rights and responsibilities - including duty of care and legal aspects Values, diversity, equality and social inclusion Non-judgemental care Communication and its application in the delivery of compassionate person- and family- centred care across the lifespan, including grief, loss and end of life care Working in partnership and building relationships NMC Proficiencies: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.9, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.17, 1.18 2.3, 2.6, 2.9 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 5.2, 5.9, 5.12 7.1, 7.3, 7.4, 7.8, 7.9, 7.13 EU Directives: A.a.1, A.a.2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Explain the promotion and maintenance of a values based culture within all fields of nursing for all health and social care populations.2. Reflect on personal values to understand how these influence individual, societal and healthcare values as part of safe, compassionate and effective person- and family- centred nursing care across the life span.3. Consider ethical theories and principles, alongside key legislation and policy, in the context of health and social care and nursing practice.4. Describe the inter-relationship between values, rights and healthcare ethics and how these are applied in all fields of nursing.5. Demonstrate the way in which communication can be used to effectively support nursing practice, partnership working and shared decision making.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

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. A variety of teaching approaches will include a series of core lectures, supported with facilitator and student-led tutorials and directed learning utilising facilitator and student-led activities. They may also include seminars, group work, workshops, role play, reflective exercises, guided reading and online learning.

Indicative Reading

BEAUCHAMP, T.L. & CHILDRESS J.F., 2012. Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 7th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press GRANT, A., GOODMAN, B., 2018. Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Nursing . London: Sage. HOWATSON-JONES, L., 2016. Reflective practice in nursing 3rd ed. London: Sage. MCCORMACK, B. & MCCANCE, T., 2016. Person-centred practice in nursing and health care. Theory and practice. 2 nd ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. SEEDHOUSE, D., 2017. Thoughtful health care: ethical awareness and reflective practice. London: Sage. WINTRUP, J., BIGGS, H., BRANNELLY, T., FENWICK, A., INGHAM, R. and WOODS, D., 2019. Ethics from the Ground Up. London: Red Globe Press. Websites Helen Sanderson Associates: <> NHS Education for Scotland: <> NHS Education for Scotland, The Knowledge Network: <> Nursing and Midwifery Council: <> Scottish Government: <> Children & Young People's Commissioner Scotland: <> UNICEF: <>

Transferrable Skills

Independent learning skills Critical thinking and decision making skills Study, IT and time management skills Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice Communication and team working Theory and practice integration and problem solving Reflection Active and Global Citizenship Assertiveness, Integrity, Responsibility, Confidence

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 140.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 2000 word Essay