SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB726122
Module Leader Lisa Barr
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module aims to advance the ability of students to engage in and contribute to discussion, analysis and application of contemporary nursing practice. Students will be expected to critically explore current practice, research and policy, considering individuals, families, communities and populations. Exploration of the concept of professionalism, incorporating ethical principles and values based care, will develop the student's knowledge and understanding to undertake the roles and responsibilities of the nurse.


-360b7 Professionalism - principles; accountable practitioner; self-reflection; standards and guidelines b7 Ethical and legal principles - theories, principles and policies; autonomy; informed consent; advocacy; empowerment; accountability and responsibility; confidentiality; veracity b7 Values and Behaviours - moral philosophy; compassionate care; paternalism; concept of best interest b7 Conflict resolution - emotional intelligence; resilience; change theory; ethical leadership; b7 Contemporary issues - resource allocation; withholding/withdrawing treatment; beginning and end of life decisions; advanced directives and anticipatory care plans; quality of life; social media; raising concerns; duty of candour

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Critically discuss applied ethics within the context of nursing.2. Critically examine ethical, legal and moral dilemmas within nursing and healthcare practice.3. Critically explore a range of strategies to address conflict resolution in nursing and healthcare practice.4. Critically discuss the nurse's role in leading and managing change in nursing and healthcare to enhance practice.5. Strengthen knowledge of decision making to enhance confidence and competence in the deliberation and justification of nursing and healthcare practice.6. Critically consider own, and others' values, as part of ethical, moral, legal and professional decision making.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered face-to-face. The teaching and learning strategy used will enable students to synthesise and apply prior learning. Strategies will include face to face teaching, blended and online approaches to facilitate flexibility for students. Teaching methods will include modified lectures, seminars, group work, guided reading and online learning. This combination will enable the student to acknowledge and demonstrate the impact of their ethical knowledge in acting as advocates for applied ethics in nursing and health care practice. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience.

Indicative Reading

BEAUCHAMPS, T. L. & CHILDRESS, J. F., 2012. Principles of biomedical ethics. 7 th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOHERTY, R.F. & PURTILO, R.B. 2016. Ethical dimensions in the health professions . 6 th ed. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier. HERRING, J. 2018. Medical law and ethics . 7 th ed. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press MCCARTHY, J. & ROSE, P., 2010. Values-based health & social care: beyond evidence-based practice. London: Sage. MELIA, K.M., 2014. Ethics in Nursing and Healthcare Practice .2nd ed. London: Sage. PILGRIM, D., TOMASINI, F. & VASSILEV, I., 2011. Examining trust in healthcare: A multidisciplinary approach , Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. SCOTT, P.A. 2017. Key concepts and issues in nursing ethics. 1 st ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springe. Websites: Ethox Centre <> Nuffield Council on Bioethics <> Scottish Council on Human Bioethics

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of -360b7 Critical thinking and decision making skills b7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving b7 Healthcare literacy b7 Emotional resilience b7 Reflection b7 Communication and team working b7 Citizenship b7 Confidence b7 Study, IT and time management skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 6.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 150.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 word essay