SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB722901
Module Leader Helen Gough
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This practice based module provides experienced nurses the opportunity to integrate theory into District Nursing practice. The NMC community specialist practitioner outcomes along with the DH elements for advanced practice form the basis for practice learning within this module. With guidance from a District Nursing Practice Teacher students will undertake 210 hours (those students who have already non medical prescribing require to undertake an additional 78 hours) Advanced Practice in District Nursing which will encompass a range of activities based on the student's learning requirements. As the NMC framework (NMC, 2001) stipulates the configuration and length for the Specialist Practitioner prgramme, these requirements impact on the total number of hours assocaited with this module.


Reflection Self assessment Evidence based Practice Leadership Advanced District Nursing Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Critically reflect and undertake self assessment of current knowledge and skills in relation to Advanced Practice in District Nursing by reviewing, amending and/or adding to the practice learning plan as appropriate2. Undertake and critically reflect on programme related practice3. Critically appraise evidence based practice in relation to Advanced Practice in District Nursing including prescribing practice4. Evaluate leadership theories and strategies and their application in the context of Advanced Practice in District Nursing

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy involves a range of student centred methods. These include seminars, groupwork, and practice based learning. GCU learn is the platform for online learning and this will be utilized to provide direction and support for learning. Students will be required to undertake formative assessment as part of the teaching and learning strategy. For those students who have completed V300 prescribing as a stand alone module prior to entry to the PgD Advanced Practice in District Nursing then a minimum 288 practice hours (placement) is required for this module. This is to ensure all students undertaking the above programme complete the required number of programme related practice hours.

Indicative Reading

Bach, S. & Ellis, P (2011) Leadership, Management and Team Working in Community Nursing. Exeter:Learning Matters Ltd Beckwith, S., Franklin, P (2011) Oxford Handbook of Prescribing for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals 2 nd ed Oxford OUP Castledine, G., & McGee, P (Eds) (2009) Advanced Nursing Practice 2nd ed., Oxford Blackwell Science Chilton, S., Bain, H., Clarridge, A & Melling, K (2012) A textbook of Community Nursing. London Hodder Arnold Crown, J., Courteney, M and Griffiths, M (2010) Independent and Supplementary Prescribing: An Essential Guide. Cambridge University Press Dawes, M (2004) Evidence-based practice: a primer for health care professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Denscombe, M. 2007 The Good Research Guide for small scale social research projects . 3 rd ed Maidenhead: Open University press Dimond, B (2011) Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice. London: Prentice Hall. Fry, S. & Johnstone, M.J. (2008) Ethics in Nursing Practice (3rd Ed). Oxford: Wiley Gill, R (2011) Theory and Practice of Leadership (2nd Ed) London: Sage Green J. and Tones K. (2010) Health Promotion: planning and strategies. (2nd edition) London: Sage. Hinchcliff, S. and Rogers, R. (2008) Competences for advanced nursing practice, London: Hodder Arnold Jasper, M., Rosser, M., Mooney, G. 2013 Professional development, reflection and decision making in nursing and health care 2 nd ed Chichester John Wiley & Sons Ltd Nuttall, D., Rutt-Howard, J (2011) The textbook for Non Medical Prescribing Wiley-Blackwell Melnyk, B.K. 2011 Evidence based practice in nursing and healthcare: a guide to best practice 2 nd ed Philadelphia Lippicott Williams and Wilkins Polit, D.F 2013 Essentials of Nursing Research: appraising evidence for nursing practice 8 th ed Philadelphia Lippicott Williams Robson, C (2011) Real world Resarch. Oxford: Blackwell. Taylor G. & Hawley H. (2010) Key Debates in Health Care. Berkshire: Oxford University Press. URL's www.nes.org.uk http:// www. nmc-uk.org <http://www.qnis.org.uk/> http://www.qni.org.uk/ http://www.scotland.gov.uk http://www.rcn.org.uk <http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/> www.skillsforhealth.orgwww.nhshealthquality.org <http://www.skillsforhealth.orgwww.nhshealthquality.org> www.nursingleadership.co.uk <http://www.nursingleadership.co.uk> <http://www.nurse-prescriber.co.uk> <http://www.npc.co.uk>

Transferrable Skills

-Work in a self directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. -Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. -Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. -Work effectively with others -Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 210.00
Independent Learning (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 16.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 45% Practice Assessment
Essay n/a 100.00 50% Essay 3000 words