SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB721993
Module Leader Helena Kelly
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Qualified Health Professional

Summary of Content

The context of advanced level practice is synonmous with ability to make clinically sound and autonomous decisions. Consequently, this theory based module aims to promote the development of the safe and effective practitioner. This will be achieved by exploring and evaluating professional perspectives and clinical decision-making and thereby demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills. Practitioners will therefore explore a range of relevant topics associated with the nature of advanced level practice, such as professional development, leadership, clinical decision-making theories, judgement and reasoning, evidence-based practice, policy drivers for advanced practice and the legal and ethical imperatives.


Health Policy drivers for change Professional development for advanced practice (domains and attributes) Theories of Clinical decision making Models of Assessment and Health Promotion Critical Thinking and Reasoning Reflective Practice Evidence Based Practice Multi-Disclipinary/team working Legal and Ethical Principles

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should successfully be able to:1. Critically discuss the nature of advanced practice and emergence of the professional role attributed to this level of practice.2. Evaluate theoretical approaches to critical thinking and decision-making in the context of advanced practice. 3. Critically evaluate the concept of evidence-based practice in the context of advanced practice 4. Critically analyse and justify in the context of advanced practice the need for effective communication as part of multi- disciplinary/multi-agency team working.5. Synthesise knowledge of the social, political and economic factors which influence patient care and impact on health, including promoting equality and valuing diversity as part of patient care6. Critically analyse and evaluate the legal and ethical principles which have implications for advanced level practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Creative and contemporary pedagogies will support and contribute to a range of students centred learning and teaching methods. These include: modified lectures and seminars, independent and directed study. The virtual learning environment of GCU Learn will facilitate e-learning strategies which will support and encourage active engagement via directed study, guided reading and provide a mechanism for on-line peer support.

Indicative Reading

Alaszewski, A. (2000) Managing risk in community practice: nursing, risk and decision making, Bailliere Tindall: London Barker, A. M. (2009) Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession. Jones & Bartlett: London Castledine, G., & McGee, P (Eds) (2003) Advanced Nursing Practice 2nd ed., Blackwell Science: Oxford Dains, J.E. (2003) Advanced health assessment & clinical diagnosis in primary care, Mosby: St Louis Dawes, M. (2004) Evidence-based practice: a primer for health care professionals, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Guyatt, G. (2002) Users' guide to the medical literature: a manual for evidence-based clinical practice, American Medical Association: Chicago Hinchliff, S., and Rogers, R (2008) Competencies for advanced nursing practice. London: Hodder Arnold Robson, C (2011) Real World Research (3 rd Ed)Wiley: Chichester. Standing, M. (2010) Clinical Judgment and Decision-Making. McGraw OUP: Maidenhead Thompson, C. & Dowding, D. (2002) Essential decision making and clinical judgement in nursing, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh. URL's www.cks.nhs.uk <http://www.cks.nhs.uk> www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org <http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org> www.nes.scot.nhs.uk www. nmc-uk.org www. nmc-uk.org www.scotland.gov.uk <http://www.scotland.gov.uk> www.show.scot.nhs.uk www.rcn.org.uk <http://www.rcn.org.uk> www.aanpe.org <http://www.aanpe.org> <http://www.icn.ch/forum/viewforum.php?f=47&sid=03e58afd0763db16fa090449660bdd79>

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the students to develop the following transferable skills associated with Master's level study including: - working in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence - developing study and IT skills to underpin effective elarning - developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different contexts - demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations -developing communication skills, written, oral, listening and presentational; demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team - developing self-marketing/presentation skills and, - underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 94.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Essay n/a 100.00 50% 4000 word essay