SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB723868
Module Leader Brian Rafferty
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Registered General Nurse Employment in Endoscopy setting

Summary of Content

Following completion of this theory module, practitioners will undertake a skill based competency driven course. Therefore, the aim of this module is to develop the theoretical knowledge required to support progression on to a skills based course that enables Registered Healthcare Professionals to safely and independently conduct Gastro-intestinal endoscopy, in their chosen modality (gastroscopy or colonoscopy). At the end of this module students will have the underpinning theoretical knowledge and understanding on the following - the frameworks applied to undertake detailed clinical history taking; methods of obtaining informed consent for endoscopy; IV sedation safety; the skills of undertaking a diagnostic endoscopy; legal/ethical documentation; communicating findings from investigations; recognising the implications of findings from investigations; the theories of delivering 'bad news' and sensitive diagnoses; and the role of the nurse endoscopist within a multi-disciplinary team. This module meets the following KSF dimensions and levels: Core 1-6 Level 4, G1 Level 3, G2 Level 4, G7 Level 3, G8 Level 2, HWB 1-8 Level 4, HWB 10 Level 4, IK1 Level 3, IK2 Level 3 and IK3 Level 4.


- Health and safety in the endoscopy setting - Introduction to advanced nursing practice - Principles of informed consent in endoscopy - Introduction to common endoscopy medications - Safe sedation and analgesia practices - Anatomy and pathophysiology of the GI tract - Common Gastrointestinal disease - Complications of GI endoscopy - Communicating bad news and sensitive diagnoses

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:- Critically appraise and evaluate the medico-legal and ethical literature surrounding the responsibilities associated with advanced nursing practice. - Critically explore the frameworks designed to elicit a guided clinical history in relation to presenting complaint for endoscopy.- Critically review and evaluate the principles and complexities of obtaining informed consent and application to practice. - Critically appraise and evaluate the current literature on patient safety when administering prescribed sedation and monitoring the patient receiving endoscopy. - Differentiate and draw conclusions from normal and abnormal investigation findings for a wide range of common presentations. - Critically reflect and evaluate on the association of the underlying anatomy, physiology, and common pathology of the gastrointestinal tract; to interpret the significance and implications of common clinical findings. - Critically evaluate own personal ability to communicate a patient's condition to other members of the healthcare team, using appropriate terminology, to enable autonomous patient care within defined protocols.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is a blended learning module. Students will have appropriate learning resources delivered via a combination of face to face contact, interactive discussions boards, tutorials, online directed leaning resources and self-directed study. The face to face contact will be delivered in blocks of 3 days in each trimester. The aim of delivering teaching in blocks is to enable participation for practitioners working in the remote and rural NHS boards. In addition, synchronous discussions and innovative technology will be used to deliver presentations, in real time, to students when studying off campus.

Indicative Reading

BARBER, P., & ROBERTSON, D., 2014. Essentials of Pharmacology for Nurses. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill International (UK) Ltd. BLOCK, B., 2011. Endoscopy of the upper GI tract: A training manual. New York: Thieme. BUCKMAN, R. 1992. How to break bad news: a guide for health care professionals. Baltimore. JHU Press. COTTON, P.B., WILLIAMS, C.B., HAWES, R.H., SAUNDERS, B.P. eds. 2011. Practical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The fundamentals. 6th Edition Oxford: John Wiley & Sons GREEN, J., 2006. Complications of gastrointestinal endoscopy. British Society of Gastroenterology KNOTT, L. 2014 Professional series- Breaking bad news. Available online from URL: at- Last accessed from 22/11/15 MARIEB, E.N., HOEHN, K 2014 Human anatomy and physiology. India: Pearson Education N.H.S.SCOTLAND 2012 Advanced Nursing Practice Toolkit. NHS Scotland. Last accessed 22/11/15 NURSING MIDWIFERY COUNCIL (NMC), 2015. The Code [online] London: NMC [viewed 27th November 2015] available from: REINUS, J.F. SIMON, D. (Eds) 2014 Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology: The Essentials. London. John Wiley & Sons. ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING 2012 RCN Competencies. Advanced Nurse Practitioners. An RCN guide to the advanced nurse practice, advanced nurse practitioners, and programme accreditation, Available from URL: SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT 2010 Advanced Nursing Practice Roles- Guidance for NHS Boards, Available from URL: Last accessed 22/11/15 SHEPERD, M.B., HEWETT, D., 2008. Guidance for Obtaining a Valid Consent for Elective Endoscopic Procedures British Society of Gastroenterology. SWARBRICK, E. HAMDEN, S. HODSON, R. VANCE, M., WILLIAMS, J.G., ELLIOT, D., PANTING, G 2005 Membership of Working Party: Guidelines for Non-Medical Endoscopists, London. BSG Publications. WAVE, J.D., REX, P.B., WILLIAMS, C.B., Eds. 2013. Colonoscopy: Principles and Practice. 4th Edition. London : John Wiley & Sons

Transferrable Skills

- Develop independent learning skills - Develop study and IT skills, to underpin effective learning - Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills - Work effectively with others

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (BL) 198.00
Lectures (BL) 60.00
Assessment (BL) 30.00
Tutorials ( Bl) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 45% 3000 word Reflective essay
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 70.00 45% 1 Hour Written Exam