NS0615 - Nursing Practice (3)

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge directly relevant to your third year practice placement experiences and prepare you for working life as a qualified nurse. It will specifically focus on leading and improving nursing practice, management and leadership.
While in university you will be updating and exploring in greater depth some of the skills you acquired in previous years, including moving and handling (M&H), basic life support (BLS), first aid and information governance. You will continue to have the opportunity to practice in a simulated environment and learn more about medicine management.
You will be asked to critically reflect and debate contemporary theories and explore service improvement models, which support sustainable service improvement. You will critically explore the role of collaboration and partnership working, with service users and members of the multidisciplinary team. You will be provided with opportunities to critically reflect on your own personal and professional responsibility for your continued development as a manager of safe and effective care delivery and as a future leader of service improvement in nursing practice. You will also learn about team leadership in an interprofessional working context and the challenges of leading teams in a realistic care environment to ensure patient and staff safety. Some of your learning will be with students from other fields of nursing and other professional programmes.
These dynamic learning opportunities will help illustrate how you can gather evidence and aid you in the completion of your professional portfolio, demonstrating that you are capable of independent practice and celebrating your achievements.

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). You will be encouraged to develop communities of practice with your peers where experiential, collaborative and individualised strategies will enable you to develop your understanding and ability to lead service improvement. You will have an opportunity practise your leadership and management skills in practical sessions and with your peers, enabling you to identify appropriate strategies for leading care quality improvement.
Your learning will be supplemented by online e-learning materials, websites and training packages. In this, your final year, you will be expected to complete the safeMedicate e-learning programme that you commenced in year one.
You will spend much of your time in practice placements consolidating your skills and learning about leadership and management. 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.
You will have further opportunities to develop your skills as a learning leader and you will 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.

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. In this, your final year, you will be assigned to an experienced ‘sign-off’ mentor in who will be allocated additional time to support your learning in practice and ensure you are ready to become a registered nurse. 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 critically appraise the evidence base that underpins risk assessment processes and the collaborative management of patient safety.
2. You will critically analyse the role of the nurse as a change agent and leader. Examining how quality improvement and service development can be used to enhance the wellbeing and experiences of service users and their carers.
3. You will evaluate how partnership working and collaboration with service users, carers and professionals contributes to the design and sustainability of a future healthcare service.

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

4. You will demonstrate the capability for independent practice in a range of clinical skills and competencies. This will include the ability to deliver safe and effective medicines management, meeting the expectations for registration.
5. You will act as a role model and develop working relationships to facilitate learning and assessment for a diverse learner population.
6. You will use relevant theory, tools and processes to critically reflect on potential areas for evidence based, service improvement in practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

7. You will demonstrate integrity, resilience and an ability to work within recognised ethical and legal frameworks. Acting as a professional role model and preserving patient safety.
8. You will demonstrate that you have the personal and professional attributes that will enable you to lead and implement service improvement and manage inter-professional teams in nursing practice

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

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.
You will also be asked to complete a self-assessment, looking at the development of your leadership skills in service improvement and personal transitional needs in preparation for working life.

Summative Assessment

Your summative assessment is in three 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 2,4,5,6,7 and 8

Part 3: Oral Viva, 100% Weighting
On oral viva will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of your field of practice and your readiness for working life as a registered nurse. You viva will be based upon your completed portfolio of evidence. You will be asked to identify three competencies from the leadership and management domain in your practice document and illustrate, with evidence, how these have been achieved.

MLO 1,2,3, 4, 6 and 8





Module abstract

This module will help you to develop and consolidate the skills, attitudes and behaviours that you have developed over the first two years of the programme, whilst transitioning to becoming a registered nurse capable of independent practice. You will have the opportunity to become immersed in the culture of service improvement, which seeks to improve quality; enhance patient safety and promote person-centred care. Through interactive workshops and technology enabled learning, you will learn about clinical leadership and the management skills required to deliver sustained and measurable change.
You will be encourage to critique the evidence base that underpins good clinical practice and to critically reflect on your own abilities. You will have the opportunity to study in a simulated clinical environment and with students on other professional programmes. In practice, senior clinical mentors will support and guide you and provide leadership and management opportunities, working in partnership with academic teams from the university. As you progress through the module, you will finalise your professional portfolio, which will showcase all your achievements and help you illustrate that you are ready for employment. Your final oral exam will mirror the process of interview and ongoing revalidation you will undertake during a successful career as a registered nurse.

Course info

UCAS Code B741

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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