SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B726079
Module Leader Christina McColl
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

In this module students will be introduced to contemporary nursing practice within their chosen field of nursing in order to strengthen field identity and peer support. There will be a strong focus on becoming a resilient, confident learner, equipped with appropriate academic skills, together with a professional identity. This module will also develop the student's understanding of how evidence based practice is used to underpin nursing theory and practice, introducing the skills, attitudes, behaviors and knowledge required to become a graduate nurse. Students will learn how to source a wide range of evidence, and to share research findings effectively, thus promoting evidence based, best practice approaches. Academic reading and writing will be developed, as well as introducing students to sources of evidence, from both a field and wider professional perspective. The steps necessary to access evidence, and begin to understand this from the perspective of practice, will be incorporated.


-360b7 How to learn at university, surviving your degree -360b7 Emotional intelligence, self-awareness, adaptability, developing resilience and hopefulness b7 Skills required to be a graduate nurse b7 Emotional skills b7 Personal skills b7 Characteristics of a profession, nursing as a profession, professionalism b7 Contemporary nursing practice and fields of nursing b7 Introduction to evidence-based practice b7 Academic writing skills including referencing, critical writing b7 Literature searching -360b7 Exploring evidence b7 Implementing evidence to inform and improve patient care NMC Proficiencies 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.15, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 4.6, 4.7 6.4, 6.9 EU Directives A.a.1, A.a.2.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1 Discuss the principles of being a graduate nurse, including citizenship, responsible leadership, confidence and academic skills2 Articulate what it means to belong to a profession, including professional practice, professional responsibility and field identity3 Reflect upon the importance of self-help, anxiety management and emotional resilience as part of a strength-based approach to health and well being.4 Develop a foundation of academic literacy skills utilising a variety of sources of evidence5 Review and understand a range of evidence to support the development of your understanding of your chosen field of nursing6 Consider the importance of current research and health care policy to develop an understanding of its application to patient care

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. 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

AVEYARD, H. 2017. A Beginner's Guide to Evidence-based Practice in Health and Social Care, 2 nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press. BROOKER, C. & NICOL, M., 2012. Alexander's Nursing Practice 4th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. BURNS, N., GROVE, S.K., GRAY, J., 2015. Understanding Nursing Research : Building an Evidence-based Practice <,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&sortby=date_d&facet=frbrgroupid,include,9025957226043847501&offset=0>. Oxford: Sage. CRAIG, J., 2019. Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing <>. Edinburgh: Elsevier. COOPER, K., 2018. Foundations Of Nursing <>. Oxford: Learning Matters, Sage. DELVES-YATES, C., 2019. Essentials of Nursing Practice. 2 nd ed. Oxford: Sage. ELLIS, P., 2019. Understanding Research for Nursing Students <,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&sortby=date_d&facet=frbrgroupid,include,9018558273616245762&offset=0>; Oxford: Sage. ELLIS, P., 2019. Evidence Based Practice in Nursing. Oxford: Sage. GRAY, J., GROVE, S.K., SUTHERLAND, S., 2017. Burns and Grove's the Practice of Nursing Research : Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence <,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&facet=searchcreationdate,include,2015|,|2019&offset=0>. Oxford: Sage. GROVE, S.K., GRAY, J.R., BOMER-NORTON, C.J., DANIEL, K. M., 2019. Understanding Nursing Research : building an evidence-based practice <,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&facet=searchcreationdate,include,2015|,|2019&offset=0>. Oxford: Sage. HALL, C., RITCHIE, D., 2013. What is Nursing? Oxford: Sage, Learning Matters. HUTCHINGFIELD, K., 2010. Information Skills for Nursing Students. Oxford: Sage, Learning Matters. MELNYK, B.M., FINEOUT-OVERHOLT, E., 2019. Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare : a guide to best practice <,contains,evidence%20based%20practice%20nursing&facet=searchcreationdate,include,2015|,|2019&offset=0>. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health. MOULE, P., 2018. Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care <> 6 th ed. Oxford: Sage SIVITER, B., 2013. The Student Nurse Handbook <>. Edinburgh: Elsevier.

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 Theory and practice integration and problem solving Reflection Communication (written and oral) and team working Evaluative, informed and reflective perspective Literature searching and academic writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

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