NS0513 - Essential Skills and Knowledge in Adult Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will focus on developing skills and knowledge that you will require for safe and effective nursing care:
? Working in partnership with individuals, families and professionals
? Informed consent
? Respecting individual choice, including relating to treatment options, e.g. blood transfusion, and not expressing inappropriate personal views
? Adapting care to meet individual needs/preferences
? Pre-assessment
? Principles of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care, including preventing, recognising and responding to deterioration
? Application of these principles to individuals undergoing specific operations, e.g. orthopaedic, gastrointestinal, breast, gynaecological and prostate surgery
? Nursing management of surgical patients with additional risk factors, e.g. anticoagulants, steroids and diabetes
? Care of women experiencing pregnancy-related complications: miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy
? Care of individuals with gastrointestinal conditions, e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer
? Pain, nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, anxiety, altered body image and loss
? Medicine administration: analgesics, antiemetics, laxatives, anti-diarrhoeals, anaesthetic agents
? Airway management
? Oxygen therapy
? Venepuncture and cannulation
? Intravenous infusions
? Blood transfusions
? Care of surgical wounds
? Nasogastric and nasojejunal tubes
? Stoma care
? Nursing in first contact settings
? Triage
? Minor injuries
? Documentation, e.g. surgical safety checklists
? Safe use of medical devices, e.g. safer sharps
? Infection prevention, e.g. relating to venepuncture, cannulation, peripheral intravenous infusions, enteral feeding and surgical sites
? Using evidence-based guidelines in practice
? Role of the student in delivering quality care
? Maintaining anonymity and confidentiality in academic work

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through university­based sessions which aim to underpin professional learning with academic knowledge and critical thinking. Lectures, seminars and practical sessions, incorporating role play and simulation, will provide you with opportunities to develop an appreciation of the importance of integrating practice and theory. Lectures will examine key sources of policy and literature relating to nursing practice and will encourage you to connect with your own independent reading, which will be key to your success. Seminars and practical sessions will be challenging and will require preparation and your full participation. Additionally, you will engage in tutor and self­directed study to help you consolidate your learning.This will be achieved by accessing the reading list and all other online resources, such as e­learning material and other visual and auditory forms of teaching media.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In this module you will be supported by Northumbria staff who have relevant practical experience and theoretical knowledge in nursing and healthcare. In addition to the pastoral support you will receive, the lecturers involved in delivering the module will provide guidance and academic coaching to ensure that you are able to engage confidently with the requirements of the module. This dialogue will be face­to­face in lectures, seminars and practical sessions. In addition, you will have a group tutorial to explore the requrements of the module assessment. Extensive support will also be accessible online as part of Northumbria’s commitment to technology enhanced learning. This includes resources on the electronic learning platform, social networking, mobile applications and the Skills for Practice website.

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?

By the end of the module, you will be expected to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Explain the rationale for nursing interventions

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Apply evidence-based contemporary professional literature to nursing practice
3. Analyse the strengths and limitations of nursing care strategies

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Maintain confidentiality and anonymity in relation to patients, visitors, staff and NHS Trusts/other provider organisations

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: You will have opportunities during module sessions to receive feedback on formative activities designed to help you analyse nursing care and the evidence base that underpins it. You will be allocated a named academic supervisor and have a group tutorial to explore and gain feedback on ideas relating to your summative assessment (MLO 1-4).

Summative assessment: You will be assessed using a case study based on your practice placement experience. As part of this, you will select and use contemporary evidence-based literature to analyse the nursing care received by a patient. You will need to apply the information retrieval skills gained in year one of the programme to assist you to obtain credible professional literature for this assessment. This case study will enable you to demonstrate that you have achieved all of the module learning outcomes (MLO 1-4).





Module abstract

This module aims to help you develop essential skills and knowledge required to deliver safe and effective nursing care. It has a very strong clinical focus. Throughout the module you will be learning about the latest evidence for practice, including research, and will be assisted to apply this to nursing. As well as attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions, you will be expected to undertake independent study. This will include completing set reading, e-learning and other activities prior to attending sessions, so that you are well prepared for skills practice and discussions. It will also involve post-session study to explore issues related to practice further. The module assessment is a case study in which you will analyse the nursing care of a patient from your placement. To help make this interesting and relevant to your needs, you will choose the patient and the aspect of their care being focused upon.

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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