SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B724425
Module Leader David Barber
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 is for students undertaking the MSc Nursing Studies (Pre-registration) Adult programme. It consists of one 4 week practice learning experience (160 hours) and one 13 week practice learning experience (480 hours). The focus of the module is to give students the opportunity to manage the nursing care of a group of patents 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. 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) -360 1. Professional values 2. Communication and interpersonal skills 3. Nursing practice and decision-making 4. Leadership, management and team working Essential skills clusters for Part 3 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 practice2. Critically analyse the use of the appropriate communication and interpersonal skills that demonstrate safe nursing practice3. Critically reflect upon and demonstrate effective leadership, management and coaching skills development in relation to nursing practice4. Critically evaluate and reflect upon own and others learning and teaching skills5. Demonstrate the relevant and essential skills required for safe, nursing practice and decision making across the lifespan6. 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 7. Demonstrate and critically reflect upon working as part of the healthcare team and engagement in inter-professional working8. Demonstrate achievement of the requirements for entry to the register of the NMC (2010) Standards for NurseEducation.

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 mentor. Placement 1- Formative assessment of practice using Practice Grading Criteria Placement 2- Summative assessment of practice using Practice Grading Criteria and completion of Progression Point 3 Entry to the Register (Scottish OAR)

Indicative Reading

Boyd C 2014 Care skills for nurses Oxford; Wiley-Blackwell Docherty, C. and McCallum, J. 2009, Foundation Clinical Nursing Skills. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Dougherty L and Lister S 2015. The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures. 9th Edn. Oxford; Wiley-Blackwell Glasper, A., McEwing, G. & Richardson, J. 2009, Foundation Studies for Caring: using student-centred learning. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Howatson-Jones L, Standing M and Roberts S 2014 Patent assessment and care planning in nursing. Chichester; Learning matters JISC, 2014 , Developing students' digital literacy <htp://> NES 2014, The health literacy place <htp://> NHS Scotland, 2014, Making it Easy: A health literacy action plan for Scotland . Scottish Government <htp://> Nicol, M, Bavin, C. & Cronin P. 2013, Essential Nursing Skills , 4th ed. London: Mosby Elsevier. Nursing Midwifery Council <htp://> Healthcare Improvement Scotland <htp://> Knowledge Network <htp://>

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 640.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Placement 2: 13 weeks of Practice Learning Experience (Summative)Scottish Ongoing Achievement RecordAll Learning Outcomes