NS0417 - Exploring Professional Identity

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What will I learn on this module?

This module enables you to explore the fundamental concepts and principles in relation to professional identity and image within your specific field of nursing and across other fields.
The key theoretical concepts/perspectives and issues of quality nursing are explored in the political context of wider contemporary healthcare.
You gain the knowledge and skills required to act in a non-discriminatory, compassionate, kind and sensitive manner within professional boundaries. You will consider and develop fundamental nursing skills to act in an honest way with integrity applying the principles of The Nursing and Midwifery Code (2015). You will demonstrate your ability to practice in a holistic, individualised, patient centred, non-judgemental, caring and sensitive manner, acknowledging the diverse needs of contemporary society. You will be introduced to the concept of collaborative working and its importance in nursing practice.
You will explore your Personal Professional Development File(PPDF),which you develop throughout the programme, where you keep a record of what you have learned and gather evidence for your learning and practice. It provides space to reflect on your learning and development as a nurse.

How will I learn on this module?

You learn through a variety of learning / teaching strategies to facilitate integration of theory and practice. Opportunities are provided to examine and explore your role in provision of collaborative care based on the highest standards, knowledge and competence.

In accordance with research–rich learning, underpinning theories and concepts will be explored in lectures and seminars. Learning / teaching strategies will include experiential and reflective learning approaches using self and peer reflection to facilitate your self-awareness and skill development. Peer group learning are a dominant feature and you are encouraged to be creative. You will engage in extensive reading, information retrieval and explore and apply published research to your academic study and clinical practice. You will complete essential guided activities that feed into timetabled sessions and encourage exploration of the symbiotic relationship of theory/practice.

Module staff support you and the learning / teaching and assessment methods allow the beliefs and values inherent within the module to be modelled appropriately. You benefit from feed-forward feedback, where your assessment becomes part of your learning and enables you to understand what you do well and need to develop to become a successful nurse. You will be formatively assessed, this helps work towards your summative assessment and the feedback that you receive is designed to increase learning and understanding.
The skills you will develop during the module will be transferable to your ongoing academic, theoretical and practical development within the programme and as a future registrant.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Learning is supported by classroom contact with the module team, service users/carers and practitioners, where formative feedback will be given verbally during seminars and practical sessions.
A group tutorial and formative assessments provide support for the summative assessment. Resources to support your academic development will be available via the electronic learning platform (eLP). Module materials such as essential module information and PowerPoint presentations are available here. 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 that are vital transferable skills and are an inherent part of contemporary healthcare delivery. You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes library and learning support outlined fully in the programme handbook.
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. You will understand and explore fundamental concepts and principles in relation to professional identity and image (within all fields of nursing), whilst appreciating the need to respect diversity and individual preferences.
2. You will identify the knowledge and skills required to act in a non-discriminatory, compassionate, kind and sensitive manner within professional boundaries.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will consider and develop fundamental nursing skills to act in an honest way with integrity applying the principles of The NMC Code (2015).
4. You will demonstrate your ability to practice in a holistic, individualised, patient centred, non-judgemental, caring and sensitive manner, acknowledging the diverse needs of contemporary society.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will develop your abilities to work independently and collaboratively, identifying your own and the developmental needs of others to successfully deliver your role as a nurse.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Formative assessment will explore learning related to the fundamental aspects of your specific field of nursing. Students will work in allocated assessment group and produce a 15 minute presentation exploring the fundamental aspect of care they have been assigned.
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. (This will assess MLO 1,3 and 5)

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment for this module is a 15-minute group presentation where you will be asked to explore ‘What is nursing?’

You will need to demonstrate understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles in relation to professional identity and image, whilst appreciating the need to respect diversity, individual preferences, non-discriminatory practice and awareness of professional boundaries. (MLO 1, 2, 3).
You will need to consider the concepts of holistic, individualised, patient centred care, and non-judgemental nursing care within contemporary society. (MLO 4).
You will demonstrate your skills development in collaborative working by working as a team to prepare and present your summative assessment. (MLO 5).

You will receive written feedback following your summative assessment, which will indicate the mark awarded for the module and areas for future development.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is focussed around the notion of ‘professional identity’ where, essentially, you explore the question “what is nursing?” You are introduced to the concept of professional identity and how this fits the context of modern healthcare.

The Willis Commission, ‘Quality with compassion; the future of nursing education’, (RCN, 2012) comments:
“nursing students are an inspiration... their bright ideas, commitment and compassion left no doubt that valuing students is key. They should be empowered to lead the way... they have a great story to tell...” pg. 4

This is the driver behind the philosophy of the module and it is the beginning of your story and how you will develop your professional image and integrity as a nurse in your chosen field. Learning is supported via various methods and accessing state of the art technology as well as electronic resources and self-directed learning supported by the e-Learning Portal.

Course info

UCAS Code B701

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

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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