NS0517 - Nursing Practice (2)

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will support your practice learning and help you further develop the knowledge and skills you gained from your clinical placements in year one. It will help you develop greater confidence and autonomy, allowing you to contribute effectively to a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare providers. The practice modules in each year of your programme will both support your learning while you are in practice and provide an environment, within university, to consolidate the skills and knowledge necessary to progress effectively.
While in university you will be updating and exploring in greater depth some of the fundamental skills you acquired in year one, these will include, moving and handling (M&H), basic life support (BLS), first aid and information governance. This module will also offer you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of medicine management and pharmacology supported by additional e-learning materials.
The module will focus on issues of patient safety including, assessment, decision-making and communication within teams. You will also learn about strategic health priorities, risk, human factors and incident management. Some of your learning will be with students from other fields of nursing and other professional programmes providing the opportunity to learn more about other roles in the multidisciplinary team.
You will continue to develop your professional portfolio and will be asked to reflect effectively on contemporary patient safety priorities. These dynamic learning opportunities will help illustrate how you can gather evidence of your increasing abilities and confidence as you work towards becoming an independent practitioner.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of methods, which will include clinical placements, key lectures, practical sessions based in a simulated clinical environment and a number of seminars and workshops which will utilise enquiry based learning (EBL). Your learning will be supplemented by online e-learning materials, websites and training packages.
You will spend much of your time in practice placements consolidating and learning new clinical skills. Your clinical mentors, in your practice placements, will support and guide your learning opportunities, working in partnership with practice learning teams (PLTs) from the university and practice placement facilitators (PPFs) to enrich your learning opportunities.
During your time in university you will work with and learn from your peers and also be provided with the opportunity to link with fellow students on other health programmes to facilitate inter-professional learning. This is a unique aspect of the practice modules facilitating future teamwork and reflecting the realities of delivering care in practice.
We are fortunate to have experienced student volunteers (learning leaders) from previous cohorts who will share their experiences and advice, assisting in your transition into year two of your programme. We will also provide you with the opportunity to become a learning leader, training you in the skills of facilitation. This will enhance your own learning and collaborative potential with other professionals.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

A strength of our current nursing delivery is the strong clinical links and robust support network we have for students studying in clinical practice. We will utilise this network to provide you with the support you need while on placement, this will include university tutors with specific links to all of your placements, who will visit you in practice. Within the practice setting your will be allocated qualified mentors to guide and assist you in achieving the practice requirements of the module. You will be given details of your future placements and encouraged to engage in prior placement learning. This will include guidance on how to access details of the full range of learning opportunities associated with your future placement.
Further details of practice support can be found via the relevant link in the appropriate section of your programme handbook.
Your allocated personal tutor (PT) will be part of the practice module teams in each year of the programme. You will meet them regularly and they will deliver some of the module content. This will provide you with consistent support and regular access to both pastoral and academic guidance. You will also have the opportunity to meet with learning leaders who provide peer guidance and advice based on their own experience.
You will have access to the module electronic learning platform (eLP) where you will find a range of learning materials, videos, workbooks and e-learning packages. All lectures and assessment advice sessions will be recorded and available for you to review at your leisure. The module will utilise formative assessment and peer feedback throughout. This feedback can be utilised to, develop, support and enhance your practice and your graded assessment at the end of the module.

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. You will be able to identify, evaluate and share evidence and research that underpins good clinical practice.
2. You will develop a knowledge of the principles of pharmacology and apply this knowledge to the administration of medicines in nursing.
3. You will demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical complexity relating to the management of risk in healthcare.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. You will be able to practise safely and have an awareness of your own limitations, demonstrating increasing autonomy and independence when performing a range of practical skills.
5. You will demonstrate collaborative working skills with service users, carers and other professionals evaluating how collaboration improves patient safety.
6. You will apply the skills of critical reflection in relation to risk assessment and the implementation of safe practice when analysing issues and incidents emerging from practice.

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

7. You will demonstrate integrity and an ability to work within recognised ethical and legal frameworks. Promoting professionalism and preserving patient safety.
8. You will demonstrate that you have the personal and professional attributes that will enable you to work effectively as part of an inter-professional healthcare team.

How will I be assessed?

You will have the opportunity to receive immediate formative feedback on fundamental skills and knowledge demonstrated through simulation based experience.
You will receive written formative feedback on performance in practice from clinical mentors at specific points in your placements.
You will be encouraged to share evidence and your e-portfolio with your peers and personal tutor helping you self-assess and reflect.
You will be able to utilise SafeMedicate (an e-learning package) as a self-assessment tool to gauge your competence to carry out effective medicine management.

Your summative assessment is in four parts for this 40 credit yearlong module.

Parts 1 & 2: PASS/FAIL – Placement assessment
You will need to pass two practice placements by demonstrating the appropriate level of performance in your practice competencies.
MLO 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8

Part 3: 70% Weighting
You will provide a reflective written evaluation on one piece of portfolio evidence, relating to safe and effective practice. This evaluation should be 2000 words in length.
MLO 1, 3, 4, 6, 8

Part 4: 30% Weighting
You will complete a pharmacology multiple choice exam
MLO 2,7

You will receive verbal and written feedback on your summative assessment components through your personal tutor and practice mentor.





Module abstract

This module will support your practice learning throughout year two of the nursing programme. The content of the module will be diverse, reflecting the variety of exciting practice placements you will attend. The module will focus on medicines management and patient safety in addition to helping you develop new clinical skills. You will be encourage to identify the evidence that underpins good practice, to further reflect on your own abilities and to develop increasing confidence and autonomy. You will have the opportunity to study in a simulated clinical environment and with students on other professional programmes. In practice, clinical mentors will support and guide your learning opportunities, working in partnership with academic teams from the university. As you progress through the module, you will continue to develop your professional portfolio, which will illustrate your ongoing achievements and help you to map your progress towards becoming an employed registered nurse.

Course info

UCAS Code B700

Credits 40

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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