Developing the adult nurse
Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
40.000 Credits or 20.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Jane Wright
Overall aims and purpose
In this module you will develop and build upon the skills required by the adult nurse for effective interaction with and care of individuals throughout the lifespan. You will enhance your understanding of the complex needs of adults and develop the individual and professional skills, knowledge and accountability required to promote dignity and diversity in adult nursing. In addition you will continue to develop your understanding of and be able to debate legal, moral and ethical issues related to safeguarding adults.
• National & European policy and professional guidelines, e.g. dignity & diversity, capacity, respect • Perceptions of nursing (public, political, professional & media); • NMC guidelines role of the adult nurse; • National & European legislation, e.g. Health and Safety, Human Rights Act, Mental Capacity Act; • Moral and ethical basis of nursing healthcare (e.g. dilemmas – withdrawing/withholding, resource allocation)
• Communicating with adults & carers across the lifespan, inter-professional roles, communication & relationships, working in teams; • Language and cultural awareness and sensitivity; • Appropriate communication for the delivery of nursing care across the adult lifespan; • Explore concepts of empathy, advocacy, dignity and respect • Developing negotiation/questioning skills • Decision making for patient care; prioritising nursing care; documenting nursing care; multidisciplinary team working; • Self-awareness; • Research knowledge and skills for adult nursing. • Theories of and practice of reflection (reflect on own practice); examine evidence base for nursing care; applying research/evidence to practice; • Self-awareness; e.g. awareness of own limitations; addressing limits to one’s own knowledge (unknowns); develop CPD skills (e.g. PREP); Developing a reflective portfolio. • Recognising and responding to the needs of all people, inc: Babies Children & young people Pregnant & Post natal women Individuals with mental health problems Individuals with cognitive impairment (such as; dementia etc..) Individuals with physical disabilities Individuals with learning disabilities Older people Individuals with chronic conditions
Understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module.
Good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade C- in the Grading Criteria.
Excellent understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria.
Identify and apply professional, legal & ethical requirement for nursing practice
Discuss how professional relationships are developed through appropriate communication ensuring respect & dignity
Identify, select and analyse appropriate evidence to support decision making during the delivery of care
Discuss and engage in personal and professional development using concepts such as reflection, clinical supervision, life-long learning, collaborative working and self-management
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Online face to face discussion, supervision and module support meetings
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in