AA0715 - Assessing and Planning for Complex On-going Needs in Adult Nursing

What will I learn on this module?

You will gain a thorough understanding of the complexities of nursing people of all ages. This module addresses the care needs of people with additional needs, including those living with acute, long-term or life limiting illness. Undertaking this module will encourage you to explore the variety of roles performed by adult nurses in different settings and think critically about the knowledge needed to fulfil these roles. You will also examine the complexities of multi-disciplinary team working within health and social care systems.

You will explore some of the more difficult concepts such as withdrawal of care and the process of dying from a service user’s perspective as well as supporting the family. You will explore the role of the nurse in discharge planning and transition, which will provide you with knowledge and skills to support service users through this process. The module is delivered through many lenses and involves the views of public and people who use health and care services.

The module requires you to demonstrate your growing skills in academic research, through the appraisal of contemporary literature relating to people with complex care needs. The module explores the philosophical assumptions underpinning contemporary healthcare literature to select appropriate research findings to apply to current nursing practice.

How will I learn on this module?

Throughout this module, you will be engaged in a variety of learning and teaching approaches. You will learn from experts from practice, Web-based resources, resources through Blackboard Ultra and face-to-face in-class sessions through the ‘flipped classroom’ approach (Bergman & Sams, 2012). This approach enables you to engage with technology-enhanced learning, that includes the provision of links to web-based resources and other materials supported by a combination of online lectures and interactive e-learning packages - such as pre-recorded lecture videos, virtual reality-based anatomy and physiology programmes and interactive e-learning packages using story board technology available to you on Blackboard Ultra which will give you an overview of the varied topic areas. 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. Engagement with this activity is essential for your active participation in the facilitated sessions. Seminars are a feature of how you learn; the focus being enquiry-based student learning. These sessions will include individual work, group discussion and debate.

These sessions will include individual work, group discussion and debate, where you will be encouraged to consider competing perspectives, share opinions and experiences, and develop a greater understanding of holistically caring for people with a learning disability. The use of peer support is a vital component of developing critical discussion and generating ideas and will be utilised during this module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will also be supported via the module’s Online Supported Learning systems which compliment face-to-face teaching and more formal classroom arrangements.

Contact with the module team is available in person, via telephone, email and through Blackboard Ultra. Skills Plus, the University Library’s collection of online learning materials can be used to support the development of your academic skills. Further support for your learning is provided with a 24-hour IT Helpline and the student support and wellbeing service at Northumbria are excellent points of contact for assistance for queries regarding disability, faith, counselling, mental health support, finance and welfare issues. You can access these services via email on your student portal, by telephone or through the help desk staff based within university libraries.

You will also support each other via peer support, through engaging in discussion and debate to enhance your learning. Additional relevant materials will be available via BlackBoard Ultra. These will include the electronic reading list, PowerPoint presentations, recorded lectures and interactive learning packages. The University Libraries at both Coach Lane Campus and City Campus offer an extensive collection of material, both hard copy and electronic, access to international databases and training in information retrieval.. Additional relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and other teaching and learning methods, will be available Blackboard Ultra/library services to enhance and support your learning. All support will be in line any Student Accessibility Plan (SAP).

Additional study support is available from Ask 4 Help (on-line or face to face staff support) on-line resources and student support services can be accessed within the library and via the library homepage where a variety of study skills resources that can support your learning. 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. Understand and critically reflect on the fundamental principles and concepts underpinning safe, evidence-based person and family centred care.

2. Develop a critical understanding of the complexities of care needs for people with a learning disability with acute, long-term or life limiting conditions

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

3. Critically evaluate the role of the nurse in engaging in collaborative relationships with other disciplines, individuals within services and their significant others to aid the assessment process and ongoing planning of care and care delivery for people with acute, long-term or life limiting conditions.

4. Critically reflect upon and analyse nursing decision making processes in the formulation of management plans, identifying ethical issues related to positive risk taking and your own professional accountability.

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

5. Critically appraise the values and ethical practice that underpins nursing assessment and ongoing care delivery through collaborative working to meet the needs of people and their families.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Provision of formative feedback on performance will be an ongoing process through group/ class discussion in formal scheduled teaching and will align to the criteria of the summative assessment. Working in small peer groups you will present your case study. You will receive feedback against the assessment criteria ( MLO’s 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5).

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment for the module will be via a 3000-word case study in which you will critically analyse the assessment process undertaken with an individual service user and critically explore the evidence base underpinning the care planned as a result of this assessment. . Submission and feedback will be via Turnitin.

MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5





Module abstract

You will develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of providing nursing care to people and the impact that specific conditions or events may have on the person and their family including those with acute, long-term or life limiting conditions. You will hear from Experts by Experience to understand the effect the care you provide to the person or family can have. Increasing your knowledge base from different perspectives ensures that as a reflective practitioner you are able to consider individual solutions for the benefit of healthcare users and their families. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for effective practice in continually changing and challenging environments. You will develop the confidence and ability to think critically and provide expert evidenced based care to become a future nurse who is able to deftly combine knowledge and skill to lead excellence in nursing.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2025

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