NS0432 - Care, Compassion and Communication in Nursing Practice

What will I learn on this module?

During this module you will learn about the concepts of care, compassion and communication from a variety of perspectives, reflecting the different areas of nursing practice with patients and clients of all ages with diverse health and nursing needs including: older people; pregnant and post-natal women; people with mental health needs and people with needs associated with their learning disabilities. You will study the theory and research evidence that underpins the module themes and will consider its application within experiential learning activities in module sessions. The underpinning values of the Malta Nursing and Midwifery Council code of ethics (2020) will be used as a framework to help you develop those skills which enable nurses to engage effectively with people and build caring, professional relationships. The module will explore the art of nursing and the philosophies of holism and humanism that are fundamental to person centred nursing practice. You will be enabled to develop transferable skills that demonstrate respect, dignity, empathy and unconditional positive regard within helping relationships with both adults and children. You will build on your existing experience and abilities to explore a range of communication skills nurses need in order to demonstrate effective listening and responding to patients. Challenging situations for nurses can arise in clinical practice and you will use scenario-based activities to learn and practise the communication skills used by professional nurses in a range of settings including mental health and learning disability settings. Active engagement with module materials and learning opportunities will help you develop the independent learning skills required within the module. Key themes of reflection and self-awareness will be integrated throughout the module which will foster the enquiring, analytical approach to your practice and development that is required as both a student nurse and a future professional registrant.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn on this module in a range of different ways to help facilitate your integration of theory and practice. Opportunities will be provided for you to examine and explore your role in provision of collaborative care based on the highest standards, knowledge and competence. In accordance with research–rich learning, underpinning theories and concepts will be explored in lectures and seminars reflecting the contemporary evidence base supporting the module themes. Learning / teaching strategies will include experiential and reflective learning approaches and you will be expected to use self and peer reflection to facilitate your self-awareness and skill development. Peer group learning will be a dominant feature within the module sessions and simulation via role play activities will aid development of your skills for the provision of individualised care that encompasses compassion, professionalism and effective communication. Adult learning philosophy underpins the module; you will engage in extensive reading, information retrieval and will explore and apply published research to your academic study and clinical practice. Through independent learning you will complete essential guided activities that will feed into subsequent timetabled sessions within the module. The learning and teaching strategies employed will encourage you to explore the symbiotic relationship of theory and practice. Module teaching staff will support you and the learning / teaching and assessment methods used will allow the beliefs and values inherent within the module to be modelled appropriately. The skills you will develop during the module will be transferable to your ongoing academic, theoretical and practical development within the programme and as a future registered nurse.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic staff from MCAST will deliver the module and will offer support to you both within timetabled sessions and outside of these times. In addition you will have a Northumbria Module lead who can also be approached for additional guidance. You will receive an academic group tutorial focused on your assessment. Staff will be caring and supportive of you, as an individual, in line with the module philosophy.
Resources to support your academic development will be available via the electronic learning platform (Blackboard Ultra). Copies of all module materials such as essential module information and lesson presentations and Powerpoint slides will be available to you on the electronic module site. You will also have access via the eLP to the module’s electronic reading list. You will have access to an extensive range of electronic sources through Northumbria University’s and MCASTs well-equipped e-library which include resources such as SkillsPlus, e-books and a vast array of electronic databases and journal articles to support your learning. The Technology Enhanced Learning approaches used will also contribute to further development of your information technology skills which are vital transferable skills and are an inherent part of contemporary healthcare delivery. Additional support with information technology issues is available through Northumbria University’s IT Helpline and MCAST learning support unit. You can also use the Ask4help service which is available to provide any individual support or help with queries you may have in relation to your studies both in the module and the wider programme.

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 understanding of the importance of the underpinning principles of care, compassion, and communication in the provision of person-centred holistic care for adults and children of all ages, those who are pregnant and families who have varying needs.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Discuss the concepts of care, compassion, and communication with emphasis on the use of appropriate language and behaviour to demonstrate professional conduct.
3. Demonstrate appropriate professional values, expected attitudes and behaviours towards other people.
4. Employ reflective and analytical skills in relation to your own practice, demonstrated via a simulated nurse/patient interaction.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Explore your own attitudes and values utilising the process of reflective practice and development of self- awareness within your professional role as a nurse who is fit for practice in a wide range of nursing contexts

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Throughout the module seminars, workshops and practical simulation activities, you will receive ongoing verbal feedback from both module facilitators and your peers. Formative assessment will involve you reflecting on a digitally recorded, role play, simulated care experience (role play). You will receive feedback from your peers and academic staff to help improve your knowledge and skills towards your summative assessment (MLOs 1-5).
Summative assessment:
The summative assessment will be in the form of a viva, focusing on a digital presentation. Data from your individual and peer reflections from the formative assessment will allow you to articulate your own learning and development and relate these to the theoretical principles of care, compassion and communication within the viva (MLOs1–5).

You will receive online written feedback on the verbal presentation / viva to support you in your ongoing learning.





Module abstract

The module will enhance your professional approach and clinical skills required in order to provide compassionate, individualised, person centred holistic care to adult and children of all ages, those who are pregnant and families with diverse health and nursing needs. You will be confident in practice, knowing that your learning within the module lectures, seminars and practical sessions is based on theory and research evidence. The learning and teaching approaches utilise Technology Enhanced Learning which will help develop your information literacy skills which are crucial in contemporary healthcare. You will engage in self and peer reflection via experiential practical skills workshops and simulated care activities, leading to your viva assessment. These strategies will increase your self-awareness and facilitate your development as a caring and compassionate student nurse and future registrant who demonstrates effective communication with patients, relatives and colleagues. The transferable skills that you will practise during the module and the ongoing building and honing of these skills during the programme will equip you for the requirements of professional practice and future employment.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years

Location Various Locations

City Newcastle

Start October 2021

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