SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB723571
Module Leader Elaine Rankin
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

Set within the four NMC competency domains of professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision-making, leadership, management and team working , this theory practice-based module addresses the fundamental nursing skills that underpin compassionate and competent care. The development of the skills will be facilitated within the Interprofessional Simulation Centre (ISC) and by involvement in the delivery of care across a variety of settings. The module includes six weeks (204 hours) in a practice-learning environment.


Professional values Person-centred care across the lifespan Consent in practice Fundamentals of infection control & Cleanliness Champion Programme Dementia Champions Programme Reflection Communication and interpersonal skills Verbal and non-verbal communication (including counselling) Nurse-patient relationships Therapeutic Management of Aggression and Violence The concept of health literacy and digital health Nursing practice and decision-making Essential patient care - theories and practice - handwashing, vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, oxygen saturation), assisting with personal hygiene, fluid balance and nutritional assessment, elimination, pressure area care First aid (responding to emergencies) Wound care - theories, assessment and management Complex wounds: Assessment and Management (Home and Hospital setting) Pain - theories, assessment and management Numeracy & medicines management Basic pharmacological principles Leadership, management and team working Approaches to care Patient safety and risk assessment Moving and Handling NMC Competencies/Domains D1.1, 1.1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9 D2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.3.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 D3.1, 3.1.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.4, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.8, 3.8.1, 3.9, 3.10 D4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7 All Domains listed in the Scottish OAR for progression point 1. Essential skills clusters are mapped to the NMC Domain competencies within the OAR

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critique the different approaches to nursing care2. Apply knowledge and understanding of physiological and pharmacological principles to underpin professional skills for compassionate and competent person-centred care;3. Support compassionate, competent and person-centred care by applying appropriate psycho-social theories and concepts; 4. Appraise and use appropriate communication and interpersonal skills to deliver compassionate, person centred care; 5. Apply theory and best evidence to essential, safe and effective nursing care; 6. Appraise the relevance of technology, digital and health literacy associated with the delivery of person centred care;7. Engage with the Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) to demonstrate personal and professional development and achievement of NMC competencies.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using blended learning approaches to improve the student experience. 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. Students will be supported and supervised in practice by a qualified mentor in the Practice Learning Experience (PLE). Students will be allocated a Hub PLE and a qualified mentor with whom they will work at least 40% of the time to develop fundamental professional skills in practice. The PLE will be in the form of a 6 week PLE, which will be assessed using the Scottish OAR. Assessment of numeracy skills will be incorporated in the formative assessment, which comprises an online quiz of Reusable Learning Objects

Indicative Reading

Brooker C. & Nicol M. (eds), 2012, Alexander's Nursing Practice 4th ed. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Brooker, C. & Waugh, A. (eds), 2007, Foundations of Nursing Practice: Fundamentals of Holistic Care , Mosby Elsevier, Edinburgh. Cottrell, S. 2013, The study skills handbook, 4 th ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Docherty, C. and McCallum, J. (eds), 2009, Foundation Clinical Nursing Skills, Oxford University Press, Oxford Glasper, A., McEwing, G. & Richardson, J. (eds), 2009, Foundation Skills for Caring: using student-centred learning . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. JISC, 2014 , Developing students' digital literacy <> NES 2014, The health literacy place <> NHS Scotland, 2014, Making it Easy: A health literacy action plan for Scotland . Scottish Government <> Nicol, M, Bavin, C. & Cronin P. 2013, Essential Nursing Skills , 4 th ed. Mosby Elsevier. Websites Nursing Midwifery Council <> Healthcare Improvement Scotland <> Knowledge Network <>

Transferrable Skills

Communication (verbal and non-verbal) Understanding of holistic person-centred care Assessment and decision making skills Independent and team working skills Simulated practice skills Literature searching and integration Reflection Enhance patient safety and recognise risk Digital and health literacy skills Numeracy

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 93.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Placement 204.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 01 204.00 0.00 45% Practice Learning Experience 204 hours(Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record / Learning Outcome 7)
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% Care Study - Summative assessment (Learning Outcomes 1-6)