SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code M3B723147
Module Leader Irene Kennedy
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Participants will be nurses who are re-entering adult nursing after a break in practice. Confirmation of having previously completed a Pre-registration Programme of Nurse Education will be required. The participants must complete an appropriate induction programme prior to commencing the module.

Summary of Content

The aim of this practice/theory module is to comprehensively prepare nurses, who have a lapse of registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the opportunity to return to the register. The module updates students on knowledge and skills required of a registered nurse working in adult nursing practice. Return to Practice students will normally undertake up to a maximum of 450 hours in practice learning. The theory component comprises of 8 days in total, 4 generic and 4 field specific. With guidance from the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for pre-registration education (2010) and the Standards for Learning and Assessment in Practice (SLAiP) (2008), an Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) is adapted for Return to Practice students which will encompass a range of learning outcomes and supervised by a sign off mentor.


An awareness of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Code of Practice Communication Skills Contemporary and Contextual Issues in Adult Nursing Evidence Based Practice Health Promotion Inter-agency and inter-professional working Legal, accountability and ethical principles Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) Person centred, safe and effective practice Reflective Practice and Writing Research Awareness Risk Assessment and Management Standards for Medicines Management

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, the learner should be able to:Demonstrate an ability to analyse the influence of Health and Social Policy on the practice of contemporary adult nursing practice.Demonstrate an ability to integrate knowledge of legislation, guidelines, codes of practice and policies into contemporary adult nursing.Evaluate the current structure and organisation of care nationally and locally.Reflect on and evaluate the current issues in adult nursing, education and practice.Critically analyse relevant literature and research to inform practice of adult nursing.Demonstrate an ability to prioritise and manage client/patient care using holistic and evidence based practice.Explore the role of adult nursing within the multidisciplinary team.Discuss and reflect on own strengths and weaknesses with a view to further developing personal and professional competence.Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate communications, teaching and learning skills in the practice learning environment.Successfully meets the practice learning competencies of the module.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy is defined as blended as it seeks to provide an educational framework, which promotes active learning. Within this context there is a balance of teaching methods, including; face to face lectures, seminars, problems solving workshops, student presentations, experiential learning, directed reading, appraisal of contemporary literature and online discussion. Normally, students with a lapse of registration up to 12 years will be required to undertake 300 hours of practice learning and 450 hours of practice learning for a lapse in registration more than 12 years. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their current knowledge of clinical expertise to develop skills commensurate with effective practice. To develop this further, students' will be asked to submit a formative essay. These teaching and learning strategies expose students to a range of learning styles and will guide those most conducive to Lifelong Learning.

Indicative Reading

Brooker, C. & Waugh, A. (eds) 2013, Foundations of Nursing Practice , 2 nd edn, Mosby: Edinburgh Cottrell, S. 2008, The Study Skills Handbook , 3rd edn, Palgrave: Hampshire Docherty, C. & McCallum, J., (eds), 2009, Foundation Clinical Nursing Skills , Oxford University Press: Oxford Gerrish, K. and Clayton, A. (2010) The Research Process in Nursing, 6 th Ed. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford. Giminez, J., 2007, Writing for Nursing and Midwifery Students,. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke Hinchcliff, S., Norman, S. & Schober, J., (eds), 2008, Nursing Practice: and Healthcare : A Foundation Text, 5th edn,, Hodder Arnold: London. Jamieson, E. M., McCall, J. M. & Whyte, L. A. (eds), 2007, Clinical Nursing Practices, 5th ed., Churchill Livingston: Edinburgh Jasper, M., 2003, Beginning Reflective Practice , Nelson Thornes: Cheltenham Lapham, R. & Agar, H. 2009, Drug Calculations for Nurses: A step-by-step approach, 3rd edn, Hodder Arnold: London Naidoo, J. & Wills, J. 2009, Foundations for Health Promotion , 3 rd edn, Bailliere Tindall: London Standing, M., 2011, Clinical Judgement and Decision making for Nursing Students, Learning Matters Ltd: Exeter Taylor, B., 2011, Reflective Practice for Health Care Professionals, 3 rd edn, Open University Press: Berkshire -357 URLs Better Together: Scotland's patient experience programme - <> Health Improvement Scotland - <> Health on the Net Foundation - <> Modernising Nursing in the Community: Safe and Effective Person-Centred Care - <> National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - <> NES - <> NHS Education for Scotland e-Library - <> NHS Scotland - <Http://> Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - <> Patient's Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 - <> Scotland's Health Improvement Agency - <> Scottish Government - <http:// <> SIGN Guidelines - <> World Health Organisation - <>

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (BL) 70.00
Seminars (BL) 8.00
Tutorials ( Bl) 6.00
Placement 300.00
Assessment (BL) 30.00
Lectures (BL) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 01 n/a 100.00 40% Essay (3000 words)
Placement 02 n/a 0.00 n/a Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR)