Principles of Adult Nursing
Run by School of Health Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Mary Lynch
Overall aims and purpose
This module will provide post-graduate students with the knowledge and skills required by the NMC to meet the expectations of service users/clients and the relevant professional bodies with regards to professional relationships, recognition of rights and obligations for the delivery of safe care by all fields of nursing. The skills and knowledge acquired will prepare you to engage in critical thinking to support the provision of evidenced- based nursing care and support a co-productive partnership with individuals and their family.
The module will provide content which explores the following topics: principles of holistic & person-centred care. Specific needs of adults with learning disabilities and adults with mental health problems. Principles of assessment of the needs of adult patients in any setting to include recognising signs of deterioration in the adult patient.
Principles of maternity provision/ EU statutory maternity care requirements Pregnancy and maternity care. Care planning & care pathways to include supporting patient autonomy and decision making by/with patients/users. Psycho-social aspects of health, well-being and illness for patients and their families. Multidisciplinary & multi agency team working. Principles of record keeping & documentation
Introduction to culture, religion, spirituality and bereavement care & last offices to include sudden death. Key issues relating to practice: risk awareness/risk assessment/risk management tools to include NEWS, falls, MUST, sepsis and suicide awareness, transfer of care between services, communication/SBAR. Medicine management & Safe Medicate examination preparation.
To achieve a ‘pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate some critical evaluation and understanding of the theoretical principles used to support the delivery of holistic patient-centred care supported by relevant literature, policy and guidelines.
To achieve a ‘good pass’ the student will need to demonstrate a critical evaluation and application of the theoretical principles used to support the delivery of holistic patient-centred care supported by some critical evaluation relevant literature, policy and guidelines.
To achieve an ‘excellent pass’ on the module, students will be required to demonstrate comprehensive critical evaluation and application of the theoretical principles used to support the delivery of holistic patient-centred care supported by a critical evaluation of relevant literature, policy and guidelines.
- Critically evaluate nursing and care provision in different contexts, taking into account culture, diversity, groups and the individual needs across the lifespan.
- Critically evaluate evidence based practice/research linking with policy and strategy development for professional practice development
- Critically review the contribution made by nurses to the multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of contemporary healthcare.
- Critically evaluate the theoretical frameworks, national and local guidelines which are used in the delivery of person-centred care.
- Critically analyse how health care professionals and adult nurses meet the fundamental needs of clients/service user using a holistic approach and evaluate the psycho-social implications of ill health.
|Critical evaluation of how principles of holistic person-centred care are utilised to meet patient needs||100|
|Safe Medicate exam||0|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Assessment workshop = 2 hours plus 3 x 1 hour group assignment tutorials
EBL Group Work 2 x 2 hour EBL group work sessions over 10 weeks.
Reading time, preparing for and writing assessment.
Lead lectures 4 x 1 hour lectures per week over 10 weeks.
Directed study for EBL activities 2 x 2 hours over 10 weeks.
E-learning packages - 10 hours to be completed over 10 weeks.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
Resource implications for students
1. Purchase of text books, pens and paper. 2. Photocopying and printing 3. Subscription to internet provider to access BU on-line catalogues and Blackboard from home residence.
Barton, D. & LeMay, A. (2012). Adult Nursing: Preparing for Practice. London: Hodder Arnold.
Hogston, R. & Marjoram, B. (2011). Foundations of Nursing Practice: Theories, Concepts and Frameworks. Baskingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Page, K, & McKinney A. (Eds) (2012). Nursing the acutely ill adult, Case book. Croydon: Open University Press.
Howatson-Jones, L., Standing, M. & Roberts, S. (2015). Patient Assessment and Care Planning in Nursing (2nd ed). London: Sage Publications.
Peate, I. & Dutton, H. (2012). Acute Nursing Care: Recognising and Responding to Medical Emergencies. Padstow: Routledge.
Schell Frazier, M. & Wist Drzymkowski, J. (2016). Essentials of Human Disease and Conditions (6th ed.). Canada: Elsevier.
Tait, D., James, J., Williams, C. & Barton, D. (2016). Acute and critical care in Adult nursing (2nd ed). London: Sage Publications.
Journals: Databases: via Library search