DB0405 - Becoming a Learning Disability Nurse

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What will I learn on this module?

Here begins your journey into becoming a learning disability nurse, you will gain insight into the fundamental values, skills and knowledge required. You will acquire an overview of the needs of people with a learning disability and how as a specialist nurse you develop your understanding of how to meet those needs, and appreciate that people with a learning disability are full equal citizens. You will find out what a learning disability is, learn about how people with a learning disability experience specific conditions, develop your study skills and specific learning disability nursing skills and learn how to become a champion for people with a learning disability. You will discover how to search and apply the relevant evidence base in learning disability nursing.

Topics you will cover include, the complex and unique roles of a learning disability nurse, keeping people safe across the lifespan, person centeredness and the human condition and learning to learn.

You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families/carers. You will do this through engaging with service users and practitioners specialising in learning disability. You will understand the causation and experiences of people with common conditions such as Autism Spectrum Conditions, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. This module enables you to discover and develop your value base, which will enable you to challenge discrimination.

Academics from learning disability nursing will support your learning and show you how you can integrate and apply theory to practice on your clinical placement.

How will I learn on this module?

You learn through lectures, workshops, skill rehearsal, directed, independent and group learning.
Some content is delivered via a ‘flipped classroom’ learning approach, (a mix of e-lectures, seminars and practical’s). Meaning you have access to online e-learning packages before and after sessions. Lectures cover theories and concepts so you can tackle a series of guided exercises and many are electronic, therefore you can access them as many times as you need.

You have simulation based education sessions utilising the state of the art clinical skills centre. This will help you to link theories and concepts to learning disability practice and reflect upon your learning experiences. This module links directly with your practice learning activities and academic enquiry skills; to help you learn how to access the research in learning disability practice.

You benefit from feed-forward feedback, where your assessment becomes part of your learning and enables you to understand what you do well and what you need to develop to become a successful learning disability nurse. You are formatively assessed (ungraded), to help you successfully work towards your summative assessment, the feedback you receive will also increase your learning and understanding.

You will begin to explore your Personal Professional Development File, which you develop throughout the programme. This is so you can keep a record of what you have learned, gather evidence for your learning and practice. It provides space to reflect on your learning and development as a nurse.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You are supported by a dedicated team that of people that consists of people with a learning disability/carers, learning disability nursing academics and practitioners. Support and guidance is given through clear directed learning activities, small group seminars, coaching sessions and simulation activities. All support can be recorded for your benefit and all support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Report recommendations.
Your personal tutor and the module team offer further support and can be contacted via telephone, email, or in person – contact details are available via the elp on the programme and module sites.
The electronic medial support your learning including opportunity for group learning, peer support and discussions with a wider audience on contemporary practice issues.

You can access to 24/7 generic IT support. You will also have 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.

A seminar will be facilitated to enable a group discussion focussing on the module assessment task. You will also have an individual tutorial to discuss how you are going to write your essay so you are able to answer the module assessment task. This means you can then progress to your next set of learning activities.

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?

Through formative and summative assessments you will demonstrate:
Knowledge & Understanding:
1. An understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles underpinning the four P’s of learning disability nursing; prioritise people, practice effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism through practice as a learning disability nurse.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. The importance of developing personal and academic communication skills when working with people with a learning disability and to communicate the evidence base for effective learning disability practice accurately, reliably, and with structured, coherent rationale and debate
3. The fundamental concepts of the nature and breadth of Learning Disability (What is and what is not a learning disability)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. The ability to think independently, understand and justify your own opinions, and recognising the need to challenge your thinking and that of others
5. How to promote individuality, independence, rights, choice and inclusion for people with a learning disability though effective nursing practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessments include a choice of:
• Group presentation by students exploring specialist areas of learning disability practice (MLO’s 2,3,4,5)
• Group presentation by students exploring historical development of the learning disability nurse (MLO’s 2,3,4,5)

Summative assessment:
Your summative assessment will consist of an essay with 2,500-word limit. Here you will have the opportunity to describe the importance of the learning disability nurse in 21st Century practice. This final assessment will bring together your new knowledge, skills and attributes you have gained from the module (MLO’s 1,3,4,5)





Module abstract

This module is the beginning of your journey to becoming an effective learning disability nurse. Through technology enhanced and evidence based learning, assessment, group work and reflection you will discuss and debate ideas about learning disability practice in the 21st Century.

The module will enable you to have the confidence to research for the best evidence base for practice, become critical thinkers and champions for people with a learning disability. It will strengthen your theory to practice link and enable you to articulate your knowledge and skills to carry forward into your first practice placement. This placement will be provided for you to gain experience working with professionals and people with a learning disability and to engage in critical debate about contemporary care for people with a learning disability.

The assessments are designed for you to engage with the assessment process and consolidate what you know at this stage.

Course info

UCAS Code B741

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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