SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723387
Module Leader Ingrid Rutherford
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of Progression point 2

Summary of Content

This practice learning module for all 4 fields of practice consists of a 13 week (500 hours) practice learning experience. The focus of the module is to give students the opportunity to manage the nursing care of a group of patients under supervision and to demonstrate evidence of achievement of competencies to meet the outcomes for registration and completion of the programme. Students will be facilitated in consolidating their skills within a range of institutional and non-institutional settings. The type of PLE is identified within the Scottish OAR for each individual field. 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) Professional values Communication and interpersonal skills Nursing practice and decision-making Leadership, management and team working Essential skills clusters for entry to the register of the standards for pre-registration nursing (NMC, 2010) Alternative fields of practice and EU directive requirements NMC Competencies All Domains listed in the Scottish OAR for entry to the register. Essential 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 effectively and competently the skills which strengthen the professional values of safe and autonomous nursing practice 2. Critically analyse the use of the appropriate communication and interpersonal skills that demonstrate safe nursing practice 3. Critically reflect upon and demonstrate effective leadership, management and coaching skills development in relation to nursing practice 4. Critically evaluate and reflect upon own and others learning and teaching skills 5. Demonstrate the relevant and essential skills required for safe, nursing practice and decision making across the lifespan 6. Demonstrate clinical confidence through sound knowledge, skills and understanding required for safe nursing practice and decision making for service users and families with complex and co-existing health needs from own chosen field of practice 7. Demonstrate and critically reflect upon working as part of the healthcare team and engagement in inter-professional working 8. Demonstrate achievement of the requirements for entry to the register of the NMC (2010) Standards for Nurse Education

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be supported and supervised in practice by a qualified sign off mentor in the Practice Learning Experience (PLE). Students will work with a qualified sign off mentor with whom they will work at least 40% of the time to develop their professional skills in practice. Assessment will take place within the PLE and undertaken by the sign off mentor. Formative assessment of practice using Practice Grading Criteria Summative assessment of practice using Practice Grading Criteria and completion of Entry to the Register (Scottish OAR)

Indicative Reading

Boyd C 2014 care skills for nurses Oxford; Wiley-Blackwell Coyne, I., Neill, F. & Timmons, F. 2010, Clinical Skills in Children's' Nursing , Oxford University Press, Oxford. 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. Glasper, A. & Richardson J. 2010, A textbook of children's and young people's nursing , 2 nd ed. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh Howatson-Jones L, Standing M and Roberts S 2014 patient assessment and care planning in nursing. Chichester; Learning matters Jukes, M. 2009, Learning Disability Nursing Practice. Quay Books, London. JISC, 2014 , Developing students' digital literacy <> Macqueen, S., Bruce, E. & Gibson, F. (eds), 2012, The Great Ormond Street Hospital Manual of Children's Nursing Practices , Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. 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. Norman, I.J. & Ryrie, I. 2013, The Art and Science of Mental Health: A textbook of principles and practice, Open University Press: McGraw Hill, Maidenhead. Nursing Midwifery Council <> Healthcare Improvement Scotland <> Knowledge Network <>

Transferrable Skills

Communication (verbal and non-verbal) Planning, analysis, evaluation and judgement Assessment and decision making skills Independent and team working skills Simulated practice skills Underpin professional practice through reflection Enhance patient safety and recognise risk Critical thinking and problem solving skills Digital and health literacy skills Numeracy

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 500.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Scottish Ongoing Achievement record13 weeks of Practice Learning Experience