SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB726138
Module Leader Helena Kelly
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Summary of Content

This theory/practice based module provides experienced nurses the opportunity to integrate a range of contemporary theories and strategies into advancing district nursing practice. The module aims to promote the development of a senior practitioner/district nursing charge nurse with the ability to implement innovation and change; leading integrated community teams to deliver the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018) Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses. The module introduces key themes which drive advancing district nursing practice are underpinned by leadership theory and models, The NMC (2001) specialist practitioner qualification community (SPQ) outcomes, the Queens Nursing Institute (QNI)/Queens Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) (2015) voluntary standards and the CNO (Scotland) (2018) paper 3 Transforming nursing, midwifery and health professions roles for the senior practitioner/district nurse, form the basis for practice learning for this module. In line with NMC (2001) practice requirements, students will, with guidance from a Practice supervisor and assessor, undertake 272 hours of advancing district nursing practice. This will encompass a range of activities depending on student's individual learning needs and requirements.


Leadership Management Managing Frailty Decision making Change and innovation Principles and application of District Nursing practice

Learning Outcomes

On sucessful completion of this module the student should be able to1. Critically reflect and undertake self-assessment of current knowledge and skills in relation to advancing district nursing practice by reviewing, amending and completing the practice learning plan 2. Undertake and critically reflect on programme related practice3. Synthesise knowledge from a range of theories and strategies to support innovative advancing district nursing practice. 4. Critically evaluate factors that influence change and apply effective leadership strategies to empower transformation and service development? 5. Critically evaluate the professional and managerial role of the district nurse within the context of community care.6. Critically and creatively analyse approaches to decision making in relation to contemporary advancing district nursing practice. 7. Critically debate the challenges to leading and managing frailty within the home setting and provide possible solutions to improve outcomes for people.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning using a combination of the virtual learning environment (GCU learn) which is the platform for on-line learning within the module, combined with face to face classroom delivery. The teaching and learning strategy involves a range of student centred methods delivered both online and face to face. These include seminars, group work, discussions, presentations, directed and self-directed study, and lectures. Students will be required to undertake formative assessment as part of the teaching and learning strategy. Students will undertake 272 hours of practice as part of the total 540 hrs required for the programme, which is stipulated in NMC regulatory body standards

Indicative Reading

ALFARO-LEFEVRE. R. 2017. Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning and Clinical Judgement (6 th ed) Philadelphia, PA : Elsevier BACH, S. & ELLIS, P 2015. Leadership, Management and Team Working in Community Nursing. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd BLAIR. K.A., MIRR, J. & MICHAELENE, P. 2015. Advanced practice nursing: core concepts for professional role development (5 th edn). New York, NY : Springer Publishing Company, LLC CATIC, A.G. 2017. Ethical considerations and challenges in geriatrics. Cham : Springer CHILTON, S., BAIN. H. 2018. A textbook of Community Nursing. 2 nd Ed London Routledge DIMOND, B. 2015. Legal Aspects of Nursing. London: Prentice Hall ELLIS, P. 2016, Evidencebased practice in nursing, 3rd edn, Sage/Learning Matters, London. Learning Matters HODGES, J. 2016. Managing and leading people through organisational change the theory and practice of sustaining change through people. London Philadelphia New Delhi: Kogan Page LLOYD-WILLIAMS.M. 2018. Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care: A community based approach for life limiting illness (1 st Edn). Oxford: Scholarship MASON, D.J. 2016. Policy & politics in nursing and health care (7 th edn ). St. Louis, Missouri : Elsevier MIDDLETON-GREEN, L., CHATTERJEE, J., DOWNS, M. & RUSSELL, S. 2017. Facing death and dying in dementia care: a person-centred and palliative approach. London : Jessica Kingsley NORTHOUSE, P.G. 2019. Leadership: theory and practice (8 th edn). Thousand Oaks, California : SAGE Publications, Inc. PAK, R., MCLAUGHLIN, A.C. 2018. Ageing, technology and health. London:Elesvier Philadelphia Lippicott Williams STANDING, M. (2017) Clinical Judgment and Decision-Making (3rd ed). McGraw OUP: Maidenhead TRACEY, M.F. & O'GRADY, E.T. 2019. Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach (6 th Ed) London: Elsevier Bailliere Tindall URL's <http://www.leadingbettercare.scot.nhs.uk/> <https://www.palliativecareguidelines.scot.nhs.uk/> http://www.nmc-uk.org <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/> <http://www.nhshealthquality.org> <https://www.bgs.org.uk/resources/managing-frailty>

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 182.00
Practice Hours 272.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 01 n/a 0.00 50% Practice Assessment Pass/FaiAll components must be passed exception requested awaiting Case No
Poster Presentation n/a 100.00 50% Narrative Poster Presentation