NS0518 - Public Health in Contemporary Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

Promoting the health and well-being of children, young people and adults through facilitation of health enhancing activities, is a pre-requisite of the nursing role and this module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to do this successfully.You will learn about contemporary public health, implications for the population and relevance to all fields of practice. As you develop your understanding you will learn how to analyse the impact of national and local public health policy on individuals including people with a learning disability or experiencing a physical or mental health problem. You will explore a range of public health strategies, health promotion approaches and models used in clinical practice and cover a wide range of topics, such as, smoking, obesity, dementia, sexual health and alcohol. This module takes a technology enabled learning (TEL) approach using a ‘flipped classroom’ which means you will have access to online e-learning packages before the seminars and practicals. Understanding of public health theory is developed through formative learning exercises within the e-lectures and this knowledge is then shared and applied to fields of practice within seminars and practicals with your lecturers and peers. You will apply your learning within a summative assignment requiring you to analyse your current practice and make recommendations for improvement where appropriate. You will also appraise the role of the nurse in health improvement within your field of practice and consider service user involvement within public health decision making using an interprofessional approach to Making Every Contact Count.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of learning and teaching strategies to enable integration of theory and practice. Opportunities will be provided for you to examine and explore the wider determinants of health, models and approaches to health promotion and supporting behaviour change within your role as a nurse. The module helps you build upon your existing study skills and develop new knowledge and skills to use technology enabled learning effectively.The module content is delivered via a ‘flipped classroom’ learning approach, which is a mix of e-lectures, seminars and practicals. ‘Flipped classroom’ means you will have access to online e-learning packages before the seminars and practicals. Learning / teaching strategies will include experiential and enquiry based learning aimed at exploring the theory underpinning current public health practice and how to apply this to clinical practice across the lifecourse. Peer group learning will be a dominant feature within the module sessions and facilitated simulation based learning. As an adult learner; you will engage in extensive reading, information retrieval and will explore and apply published research to your academic study and clinical practice. You will be using the independent study time allocated, to work on allocated topics, to extend your knowledge and skills in health improvement, health promotion and health protection. The learning and teaching strategies employed will encourage you to appreciate the role of the nurse within different contexts/settings. Module teaching staff will support you through your personal development as a nurse focusing on your skills in public health.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module team who will guide your academic learning and assessment throughout the module. They will be involved in the delivery of the module and will offer support to you both within timetabled sessions and outwith 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. Resources to support your academic development will be available via the electronic learning platform (eLP). Copies of all module materials such as essential module information, lesson Powerpoints and electronic reading list will be posted on the eLP. Learning is also supported by your access to an extensive range of electronic and hard copy resources through our library including SkillsPlus (resources to help students with academic study skills) e-books and a vast array of electronic databases and journal articles. You will have access to our general IT support services 24/7 and more specific support from the module team with any queries related to the e-learning packages or the summative assessment tasks. The summative assessment for the module is an audio-visual presentation uploaded to a software programme entitled Pebble Pad. Unique to this module, the method of submission for the summative assessment involves you recording a video of your presentation and recording a PowerPoint presentation. This is an opportunity to develop your technology knowledge and skills. Academic staff will provide you with a group tutorial to support your preparation for the electronic submission of your audio-visual presentation and the content.

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 fundamental concepts and principles in relation to contemporary public health theory and practice.
2. Effectively access and appraise contemporary evidence that underpins subject specific knowledge in public health and apply it to practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Demonstrate fundamental nursing skills to promote public health strategies
4. Demonstrate your ability to make sound evidence based judgements, challenging your own opinions and those of others to engage with the public health nursing role.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Work independently and collaboratively, identifying your own and the developmental needs of others to successfully undertake the public health role of the nurse.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Formative assessment (ungraded) will explore learning related to community profiling and critical application of the wider determinants of health.
Verbal feedback will be given from the module team and peers throughout the module during classroom teaching, seminars and practical sessions. You will also be able to engage in group discussion within the timetabled group tutorial and further online tutorials provided within the module.

Summative assessment:
A 20-minute audio visual presentation submitted electronically via Pebble Pad.
You will be expected to;
1. Refer to an anonymised patient/client from practice and identify one public health issue. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary evidence to justify your choice of public health issue and how this was identified in the practice setting.
2. Discuss and appraise strategies to apply to the public health issue and support health improvement.
3. Reflect on your professional development and the contribution of nursing to public health.
(All MLOs assessed)





Module abstract

Promoting health and well-being through facilitation of health enhancing activities is a pre-requisite of the nursing role. This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to perform this role successfully. Key concepts in contemporary public health are introduced and, in line with research rich learning, the evidence base underpinning this discipline is explored and applied to nursing. Key skills incorporated include: evidence appraisal, effective communication and presentation skills. Epidemiological and demographic data is examined with regard to a geographic/service user population relevant to your field of nursing. Relationships between wider determinants of health, well-being and inequalities are explored incorporating skills required to complete a small scale community profile relevant to your practice area. Health promotion approaches, models and strategies to support behaviour change are appraised so that you develop professionals practice skills tailored to the unique needs of different individuals e.g. young people, adults with a learning disability.

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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