SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B726111
Module Leader Christopher Borge
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will focus on clinical decision making, to enable leadership of person-centred care in a variety of contexts. Students will learn how to identify areas for service improvement and implement change. Through simulation, students will have the opportunity to apply theory to manage challenges such as those presented by organisational culture, critical incidents and issues relating to staff performance.


-360b7 Clinical judgement and clinical decision making, including applied pathophysiology, pharmacology, and other underpinning nursing theory b7 Leadership in the context of nursing management b7 Quality Improvement b7 The Registered Nurse as an accountable practitioner b7 Delegation of duties and the concept of accountability b7 Skills in time management and prioritisation b7 Legal, ethical, political and professional issues related to the management of patient care b7 Raising and escalating concerns b7 Demonstrating resilience, emotional intelligence and assertiveness skills b7 Major incident management, trauma & public health emergencies b7 Performance management & clinical supervision b7 Principles of debriefing b7 Managing and preventing complaints, and critical incident reporting b7 Risk management NMC Platforms: 1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 1.4; 1.5; 1.6; 1.7; 1.8; 1.9; 1.10.;1.11; 1.12; 1.13; 1.14; 1.15; 1.16; 1.17; 1.18; 1.19 3.4; 3.6; 3.7; 3.8; 3.9; 3.14; 3.15; 3.16 5.1; 5.3; 5.4; 5.5; 5.6; 5.7; 5.9; 5.10; 5.12 6.1; 6.2; 6.3; 6.4; 6.5; 6.6; 6.7; 6.8; 6.9; 6.10; 6.11; 6.12 7.2;7.3;7.4;7.5; 7.7; 7.11; 7.12; 7.13 EU Directives A.a.1, A.a.2, A.b.1, A.b.2, A.c.1, A.c.7

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Critically examine clinical decision making in adult nursing 2. Critically explore organisational, leadership and management skills required to support planning and delivery of high quality nursing care in a variety of contexts. 3. Appraise the professional, ethical and legal issues associated with managing care provision. 4. Evaluate and critically analyse, the role of the registered Nurse in the formation and maintenance of effective nursing teams. 5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the management of healthcare emergencies.

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. As part of the spiral curriculum, some previously explored concepts will be related to leading and managing the care of patients. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. The learning and teaching strategy will provide an educational framework which promotes active learning. Within this context, there will be a balance of approaches which may include lectures, tutorials, group work, role play, reflective exercises, guided reading, online learning, simulation and other practical activities. Guided and self-directed study, including interactive resources supported by a virtual learning environment, will be used to prepare students for each week's activities and assist in consolidation of their learning.

Indicative Reading

COTTRELL, S., 2011. Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 2 nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ELLIS, P., 2015. Leadership, management & team working in nursing. London: Sage. GOUPEE, N. & GALLOWAY, J., 2017. Leadership and Management in Healthcare . 3 rd ed. London: Sage. HARRISON, R., DALY, L., 2019. A Nurse's Survival Guide to Acute Medical Emergencies. Edinburgh: Elsevier. NHS IMPROVEMENT, 2018. SBAR communication tool - situation, background, assessment, recommendation . [online]. London: NHS Improvement. [viewed 17/07/19]. Available from: <https://improvement.nhs.uk/documents/2162/sbar-communication-tool.pdf> PEATE, I., 2018. Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology . 3 rd ed. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. PEATE, I. 2019. Alexander's Nursing Practice. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. RENTON, S., MCGUINESS, C., STRACHAN, E. 2019. Clinical Nursing Procedures , 6 th ed. Edinburgh, Elsevier. SULLIVAN, E.J. & GARLAND, G., 2013. Practical Leadership and Management in Healthcare for Nurses and Health Professionals , 2 nd ed. Harlow: Pearson. RESUSCITATION COUNCIL (UK), 2015. The ABCDE Approach [online] RC(UK) [viewed 17/07/19]. Available from: <https://www.resus.org.uk/resuscitation-guidelines/abcde-approach/> Websites Healthcare Improvement Scotland <http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/> Knowledge Network <http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/home.aspx> Nursing and Midwifery Council <http://www.nmc-uk.org/> Resuscitation Council (UK) <https://www.resus.org.uk/> Scottish Patient Safety Programme <http://www.scottishpatientsafetyprogramme.scot.nhs.uk/> NHS Leadership <https://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/>

Transferrable Skills

Development, and enhancement, of -360a7 Independent learning skills a7 Critical thinking and decision making skills a7 Study, IT and time management skills a7 Professional and ethical values aligned with professional practice a7 Communication and team working a7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving a7 Reflection a7 Assertiveness, confidence a7 Citizenship

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% Individual poster presentation