DA6056 - Theory 5:Transition to Accountable Practitioner in Children and Young People's Nursing

What will I learn on this module?

This module builds on your skills and knowledge that you have developed during the programme and supports your transition towards becoming a confident accountable practitioner. Scholarship within children’s nursing will be embraced enabling you to critically analyse and challenge the evidence base, demonstrating courage and professional curiosity. The module content encourages independent thinking skills and creativity. Research and practice development philosophy is explored, this will support your summative assessment which is a practice project proposal.

You will critically reflect upon a presenting operational, practice, or leadership challenge. In order to do this, you will explore contentious elements of children and young people’s healthcare including consent & capacity, advocacy, global health priorities and health economics. Patient safety and cost effectiveness are competing forces in children and young people’s healthcare, you will examine this paradox alongside the maintenance of high-quality care with finite resources. Human factors within organisations and/or systems are paramount to its success, you will appraise the evidence, particularly in relation to working within teams. Archived serious case reviews, critical incidents and ‘never events’ will be critically analysed. This will promote understanding of organisational culture and compassion fatigue, increasing your determination and resilience to become a competent accountable practitioner. Research and practice development provide rich evidence to support innovation and action. The module will develop your ability to analyse and select appropriate methods of research/practice development to fulfil the summative assessment requirements and prepare you for the future.

How will I learn on this module?

Throughout this module, you will engage in a variety of learning and teaching approaches. Taught sessions will include individual work, group discussion and debate. You will be encouraged to consider competing perspectives, share opinions, work with Experts By Experience (EBE’s) and develop a greater understanding of the complexity of transitioning to an accountable practitioner. You will also be engaged in enquiry-based learning and guided engagement in exploring personal narratives to examine the assumptions and values related to transitioning to an accountable practitioner. Workshops within the module will develop your project management skills, leadership attributes, and knowledge of legal and ethical issues relating to research governance. Journal club activity will develop research mindedness and your ability to appraise the literature. To further support the transition to accountable practitioner, Local, National and International legislation and policy will be critically evaluated within workshops.

The module will be delivered using a blend of web-based resources via Blackboard Ultra, and face-to-face in-class sessions underpinned by the ‘flipped classroom’ approach (Bergman & Sam’s, 2012). This approach will enable you to engage with technology-enhanced learning, with the provision of links to the web-based resources via University library and other useful materials; and a combination of pre-recorded e- lecture videos and interactive e-learning packages. Flipping the classroom enables you to engage in both directed and self-directed study outside of formal teaching sessions as preparatory work for facilitated seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Reading is vital for professional development. Reading will provide you with information to enhance the evidence base for 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.

All students are encouraged to access individual academic support via a tutorial with their allocated supervisor. Academic support aims to engage the student and the marker in constructive discussion regarding the chosen area of practice and relate this to the assessment criteria. The use of peer support is a vital component of critical discussion and generating ideas, this is utilised during this module.

There are useful study skills guides via the Northumbria University Library. See the Developing your learning skills link: "Developing your Learning Skills" NU Lib Guides

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. critically analysis of the evidence base for practice.

3. begin the process of transitioning to Registered Nurse (Child).

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

4. values and accountability are articulated in professional practice.
5. demonstrate leadership attributes in preparation for registration.

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 a SUE Q or witness testimony. This could also be used as evidence for your PAD. (MLO, 1,2,4 and 5)

Summative Assessment:
You will submit a 6000-word practice project proposal via Turnitin which will address the MLO 1-5
Feedback will be given electronically

Criteria for assessment;
Critically reflect upon an operational, practice, or leadership challenge (MLO 1 & 3).
Critically evaluate a range of philosophical practice development /research approaches and apply these to your chosen issue (MLO 2).
Critically reflect upon leadership within a project in terms of the strengths and limitations of research/practice development in practice. (MLO 4 & 5).





Module abstract

This module will focus on your transition from an undergraduate Student Nurse to graduate NMC Registrant. You will be consolidating and advancing your 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 children, young people their 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, enquiry, project management and governance. The module provides you with an exciting opportunity to facilitate the creativity and independent thinking skills central to professionalism. This will enhance your role transition and preparation for employability as a Registered Nurse. The research process and its application to current children and young people’s nursing practice will be explore equipping you in the transition to an accountable practitioner.

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 or September 2025

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