NS0414 - Exploring Health and Illness in Adults

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to explore the complex nature of health and illness in adults. You will be introduced to key concepts and theories that will help you to understand and explain the wider determinants and influences on health and illness and how these affects on health outcomes for adults across the life span.
You will examine the contemporary political and professional frameworks that guide the delivery of nursing care to support adults in managing their health and well-being, consistent with Nursing Midwifery Standards (2010). You will further develop your nursing knowledge and skills in order to identify key risks to health, focussing on individual circumstances, behaviours and lifestyle choices. You will critically examine and apply information about health outcomes to develop strategies to support adults to improve and protect their health and well-being and to manage the limitations caused by capacity, capability, ill health and disability.

Some examples are;

Exploring health:
o Dimensions of health (physical, emotional, intellectual, environmental, socio-cultural, spiritual)

Exploring illness:
o Trilogy of ‘illness’ ‘disease’ and ‘sickness’
o Nature of illness acute, chronic, communicable, non-communicable
o Stages of illness
Determinants of health and illness
o Ecological model
Health and illness across the adult lifespan:
o Biological basis of disease
o Genetic implications for adult health and use of family trees
o Pregnant and postnatal women

Policies and professional frameworks
o Key adult public health priorities
o Introduction to health improvement strategies and policies
o Adult nursing practice in relation to health and illness in adults

How will I learn on this module?

A range of learning and teaching approaches will be used to support your development. You will participate in keynote lectures, which will be used to deliver the underpinning theory you require which you will be able to access via technology-enabled learning. Your participation in workshops will enable you to link theory to practice by developing your critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. Your tutors will facilitate problem based learning workshops to facilitate group learning with your peers. In these groups you will engage with authentic case scenarios and be facilitated to exchange and share ideas related to the professional role of the nurse within the primary and secondary care contexts. We will deliver workshops in controlled environments to support your acquisition and development of clinical skills and allow you to practice these in a safe environment. Tutor guided and directed and independent reading will help you to expand your knowledge further. A series of formative activities will support you to adopt skills in self-direction, analysis and enquiry based learning. Formative exercises will also allow you to assess your own development in preparation for the summative assessment. All activities and supplementary material will be available electronically.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic staff from will be involved in the delivery of the module and will offer support to you both within timetabled sessions and out with formal timetabled contact. Teaching staff will provide academic support via both face-to-face tutorials and electronic support through media such as email and e-discussions. Staff will support you, as an individual, facilitating your learning in line with the module philosophy. Resources to support your academic development will be available via ‘Blackboard’ that is an electronic learning platform (eLP). Copies of all module materials such as essential module information and lesson PowerPoints will be available to you here, electronically. 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 well-equipped e-library that include resources such as Skills Plus, 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. 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 knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts and principles in relation to the influences and determinants of health and illness in adults.
2. Appraise the complex and holistic needs of adults in the maintenance of health and during the management of illness

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Develop an enquiring approach to examine the contemporary political and professional frameworks that guide the delivery of nursing care in order to support adults in improving, maintaining and protecting their health and well-being.
4. Analyse the impact of health outcomes and strategies to support adults to make choices that protect and maintain their health.

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

5. Evaluate ethical and global influences on health and well-being of adults regarding a variety of conditions taking a holistic, professional and non-judgemental nursing perspective.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
This will be a continuous process throughout the module. You will receive feedback on peer group case study projects from facilitators, module tutors and peers. In addition you will complete self-assessment activities which be available electronically (MLO 1-3)

Summative assessment
You will be required to complete a 2 hour unseen examination. The questions will be based on the module content and using a case study approach (MLO 1,2,3,4,5)





Module abstract

This module will provide you with the foundations to key concepts in health and illness and the determinants and influences on health and illness across the adult lifespan. You will develop your understanding of health outcomes and the strategies nurses can employ to help adults make healthy choices and to manage, maintain, improve and protect their health.

In line with research rich learning, you will explore the contemporary evidence base, as well as the political and professional frameworks that underpin the discipline of adult nursing. You will have the opportunity to apply and practice your emerging skills both within the classroom setting in order to prepare you for the requirements of professional practice and future employment as an adult nurse. This module is designed to enable you to apply acquired research rich knowledge and skills to effectively assess, plan implement and evaluate a range of interventions required by adults throughout their life span. Taught by experts in the subjects you will be equipped with the foundational skills to deliver effective, holistic and person centred care in a range of settings in a compassionate way. These skills will enhance your skills for employment as a nurse.

Course info

UCAS Code B700

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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