DA6052 - Transition to an Accountable Practitioner in Adult Nursing

What will I learn on this module?

You will be learning more about nursing and the legislative and policy drivers that shape care delivery; locally, nationally, and globally. The module examines the tools used to ensure evidence-based practice is delivered, taught, managed, evaluated, and adapted so as to fit the needs of people of all ages, families, and communities. You will learn how to synthesise information and consolidate your knowledge, skills, and abilities so that you can move into a more advanced stage of your professional development. You will learn about the accountability and responsibility of managing a team. You will design a practice-based project so you can learn about the necessity for scholarship. This will be captured in a project proposal focussing on a particular clinical topic; one embedded in the real world of nursing practice and service user/carer experience. Completing a project proposal will provide insight and experience of various stages of inquiry, project management, problem solving and decision-making and the need for emotional intelligence. The module will continue to support your engagement in a holistic and systematic approach to nursing care; with critical analysis of systems, models and cross boundary working used in health and social care. During this module, you will learn about the process of transitioning from student to an accountable practitioner; this will encompass your roles as a leader, practice developer, creative and independent thinker, and someone who can challenge peers and colleagues appropriately. The module will facilitate some key components of your employability.

How will I learn on this module?

On this third-year module, you will learn by attending seminars and workshops hosted on campus. The strategies adopted during seminars and workshops will include presentations of your own work and that of your peer group, enquiry-based learning, problem-based learning, debates, case studies, case histories and group work. Members of the Module Team will facilitate the seminars and workshops.

You will learn by preparing to attend seminars and workshops. This preparatory work will be achieved by engaging in Independent Study. The Tutor Guided materials will include interactive learning packages, electronic lectures, workbooks, and media outputs. The Module Team will provide advice on how and when to engage in your Tutor Guided Independent Study.

You will be engaging in Student Independent Learning. You will be able to choose what you would like to study in more detail. You can spend time preparing for your module assessment and /or generating evidence for your clinical practice placement.

On this module, we advise you to learn by reading and do not feel that it can be over emphasised during third year. Reading is vital for your academic and clinical development. Reading will provide technical information to enhance the evidence base for your clinical practice. Reading is also necessary for you to appraise the merits of a variety of writing styles, adopting the strongest and best of the characteristics in your own work to demonstrate progression in your scholarship.

An Academic Supervisor will be assessing you. All assessments are aimed to help motivate learning. On this Module, you will be preparing a practice based project proposal of 6000 words.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will obtain support from face to face dialogue with academic staff during seminars and workshops; they all have professional clinical backgrounds. You will utilise peer support during the directed and independent parts of the module. You will be allocated an Academic Supervisor to support the development of your practice based project proposal. You will have access to Northumbria University’s electronic and physical support services. These resources are aimed at improving your critical thinking, reading, writing and clinical practice; as well as helping you maintain your own wellbeing.

More specifically support will come from the following places: Your membership of Northumbria University’s Library. This is an excellent library offering a range of print and digital resources and support 24/7. Through the Library, you will have access to Skills Plus, a bespoke repository of learning materials focussing on digital delivery of study skills. Your enrolment on our electronic learning platform – currently Blackboard Ultra. This is where you will find online supported learning such as pre-recorded lecture videos, virtual reality based anatomy and physiology programmes, interactive e-learning packages (e.g. using storyboard technology) and automated links between the module reading list and library catalogue. Blackboard Ultra also hosts plagiarism detection software to ensure you develop high standards of academic conduct when producing written work. Wherever possible the module team will encourage electronic submission, marking and feedback of your assignment – this process is managed via Blackboard Ultra. You will be able to utilise Ask4Help, a service providing individualised support with queries you may have with the module, the programme and day-to-day life as an undergraduate. You can access this in person, via the phone or online using the University’s Student Portal. You will have access to phone and online IT support. You can also get support from the Module Lead and/or your Programme Lead if required. When commencing this module, you will be given access to staff addresses and most effective way to contact them. All support will be in line with any Student Accessibility Plans (SAPs).

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1 Demonstrate context specific scholarship.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

2 Share critical analysis of the evidence base for practice.
3 begin the process of transitioning to Registered Nurse (Adult).

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4 Professional values and accountability are articulated in academic practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
You will obtain evidence that supports the viability of your project (the idea) before you generate the proposal. This feedback will ensure that your idea is supported by service users/carers and clinical staff via standardised documents such as SUE Q or Witness Testimony. This could also be used as evidence for your Practice Assessment Document.
(MLO 1, 2, 3 & 4).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment of Practice Project Proposal. This will be 6000 words long. The Practice Project Proposal will be submitted for assessment electronically and assessment by an Academic Supervisor. There will be written feedback (MLO 1, 2, 3 & 4).


Must have passed all of the Level 5 modules on the BSc (Hons) Nursing Science/Registered Nurse (Adult) programme and progressed to Level 6 study.



Module abstract

This yearlong (third year) module will focus on your transition from an under-graduate Student Nurse to graduate NMC Registrant so you can access recruitment opportunities within the NHS and other health care providers. You will be enhancing your clinical and academic knowledge, skills, abilities, and professional values. This will ensure your responsiveness in relation to the ever-changing local, national, and global health care landscape and the dynamic needs of people of all ages, families, and communities. You will develop a practice based project proposal that reflects the real world of nursing practice and the user/carer experience. Through your project proposal, you will understand and experience the various stages of research, inquiry, project management and governance. The module provides an exciting opportunity to facilitate the creativity and independent thinking that are central to professionalism. This will enhance your role transition and employability..

Course info

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 18 months Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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