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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Caring & Communication in Nursing
Module Code NS112
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Deirdre Corby
Semester 2: Deirdre Corby
Autumn: Deirdre Corby
Module TeachersTracey Harrington
Deirdre Corby
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Caring and communication are central to nursing practice and are essential elements of an optimal nurse-patient relationship. This module will introduce students to the concept of caring and outline the various theories focusing on caring in nursing. Students will also be introduced to the core elements of communication in practice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Examine their own attitudes and behaviors towards health and wellbeing and their role in caring for others
2. Discuss the meaning of caring and theories of caring
3. Analyse the principles of interpersonal communication for health behaviour change
4. Adopt a person centered approach to communication for health behaviour change
5. Communicate in a supportive non directive manner with individuals
6. Demonstrate effective communication skills in the context of health conversations

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial6Communication Workshops
Independent Study114Directed Independent reading
Total Workload: 148

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Caring and Nursing
Self-awareness and the Johari window. The meaning of caring and nursing theories focusing on caring. How nurses can demonstrate caring in practice. Caring for a vulnerable patient. Providing holistic care in practice. The therapeutic use of self in the delivery of nursing care. The importance of self-care for the professional nurse. Reflection, self-awareness and nursing care.

Compassion and empathy in establishing relationships with patients/clients, families and colleagues. Active listening. Verbal and nonverbal communication. Barriers/challenges in communication and methods of overcoming barriers. Written forms of communication issues of confidentiality, accountability and responsibility.

Active listening and non-verbal communication skills. Written and oral communication skills.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Riles, J.B.: 2017, .Communicating in Nursing., 8th Edition, Elsevier., USA,
  • Egan, G.: 2013, ‘The Skilled Helper’, 3rd Ed, Brooks/Cole, California, USA,
  • Van Emden J.; Becker L.: 2010, Presentation Skills for Students,, 2nd Ed., Palgrave:, Hampshire.UK,
  • McCabe, C., Timmins, F.: 2013, Communications skills for nursing practice., 2nd Ed., Palgrave MacMillan:., London:,
  • Rolfe D, ;Freshwater D.:, Jasper M.: 2010, Critical reflection for nursing and the helping professions : a user's guide., Palgrave:, Hampshire, UK,
  • Berman, A., Snyder, S., Kozier, B and Erb, G.: 2004, Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Concepts, Process, and Practice., 7th, Pearson, Prentice Hall,, New Jersey,,
  • An Bord Altranais: 2021, The Code of Professional Conduct for each Nurse and Midwife., An Bord Altranais, Dublin,
  • Kathleen Sitzman, Jean Watson: 2019, Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Sciences: Watson’s Caring Science Guide, Springer Publishing Company,
Other Resources

63964, Website, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), 0, Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann, https://www.nmbi.ie/Home,
Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
BNIDBSc in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Mental Health)
Date of Last Revision14-JAN-10

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