SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB723572
Module Leader Deborah Rickards-Hill
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of progression point 1

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 enhances the professional nursing skills that underpin compassionate and competent care. Enhancement of these 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 Dementia Champions Programme Patient Group Directions Human factors, risk assessment and continuation of Patient Safety (NES) SPSP Care bundles Communication and interpersonal skills Recognise, report and document changes in patient's condition Communication strategies for safe and effective practice, including SBAR Nursing practice and decision-making Routine diagnostic tests e.g. urinalysis, blood glucose monitoring, FOB, gastric pH Physiological processes Recognise the need for and demonstrate standard infection control precautions (SICP) Clinical judgement and decision making: using observations to inform decisions Decision Tools/Aids e.g. NEWS, GMAW Urinary catheterisation Enteral feeding Intravenous therapy Blood transfusion: Safe Blood Transfusion Practice (NES) MRSA; Source and Protective Isolation Digital and health literacy Cardiac Monitoring and ECG Resuscitation: AED Neurological assessment Tracheostomy Care and Airway Management Pathophysiological processes and the principles of drug use Numeracy & Medicines Management (Epidurals/ PCAs/Controlled Drugs/ Medicines Reconciliation) Leadership, management and team working Leadership and management in practice 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 D4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 All Domains listed in the Scottish OAR for progression point 2. 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. Critically evaluate research and best evidence to inform safe, compassionate and competent person-centred care;2. Identify and perform diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions by means of clinical simulation, including the involvement of simulated patients; 3. Critically appraise the use of assessment tools and the role of technology, digital and health literacy in the delivery of compassionate and competent person-centred care; 4. Critically assess the use of pharmacology in the treatment of patients in a variety of health and social care settings;5. Explain the relationship between normal physiological processes and disease states in practice;6. Engage with the Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR) to demonstrate personal and professional development and achievement of NMC competencies; 7. Practice more independently to deliver safe, compassionate and person-centred care with increasing confidence.

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 PLE and a qualified mentor with whom they will work at least 40% of the time to develop professional skills in practice. The PLE will be in the form of one six week placement. Formative assessment will replicate OSCA and clinical viva to allow students to practice Assessment of numeracy skills will be incorporated into the formative assessment

Indicative Reading

Brooker C. & Nicol M. (eds), 2012, Alexander's Nursing Practice 4 th 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. 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 <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-students-digital-literacy> NES 2014 The health literacy place <http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/healthliteracy.aspx> NHS Scotland, 2014, Making it Easy: A health literacy action plan for Scotland. Scottish Government <http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0045/00451263.pdf> Nicol, M, Bavin, C. & Cronin P. 2013, Essential Nursing Skills , 4 th ed. Mosby Elsevier 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/> Scottish Patient Safety Programme <http://www.scottishpatientsafetyprogramme.scot.nhs.uk/>

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
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 88.00
Placement 204.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 45% OSCA
Exam (Dept) 02 1.00 50.00 45% Clinical viva
Placement 1 n/a 0.00 45% Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record6 weeks of Practice Learning Experience