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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title General Nursing 1
Module Code NS130
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Anne Kirwan
Semester 2: Anne Kirwan
Autumn: Anne Kirwan
Module TeachersAnne Kirwan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the key concepts associated with general nursing; facilitate development of a general nursing identity and enable an appreciation of person-centred, responsive care for patients across the lifespan. The module is delivered through a combination of face to face lectures, clinical skills practice sessions and online group tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the core principles of general nursing, its origins and identity.
2. Identify different contexts and settings where general nursing is delivered.
3. Discuss the impact of physical illness on patients across the lifespan incorporating the very young to older people; their families and communities.
4. Describe frameworks used in the organisation and delivery of quality person- centred care spanning the very young to the older person, within the Irish healthcare system including introduction to the Irish National Early Warning System (INEWS)
5. Recognise the need for culturally sensitive, responsive care across the lifespan for respective patient groups they many encounter.
6. Identify mechanisms that develop nursing knowledge and support evidence-based practice.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Face to face lectures.
Fieldwork48Directed self-learning incorporating preparation for module assessment by way of both individual and group work. Students will negotiate groupwork activities/workload allocation, preparation and retrieval of appropriate evidence to underpin assignment preparation.
Independent Study50Following a period of personal reflection the individual student may determine this time is afforded to the pursuit of activities motivated towards attaining module learning outcomes including engagement with online module resources, recommended reading and other opportunistic learning activities.
Tutorial5Small group online tutorials
Clinical laboratory2Practice of clinical skills associated with the module
Total Workload: 125

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

Contexts of general nursing practice (primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare)

Principles of general nursing practice including acute,chronic,medical & surgical nursing care.

Frameworks underpinning the organisation and delivery of collaborative person-centred care in general nursing contexts.

Fundamental care aspects related to general nursing care delivery including the Irish National Early Warning System INEW

Introduction to Evidence-based Practice: Developing and maintaining nursing knowledge for general nursing practice

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignment400 word formative assessment with audio & typed feedback provided within two weeks of submission0%Week 5
PortfolioStudents will work both individually and in groups on a eportfolio assessment consisting of two parts. Part 1 consists of a formative assessment piece upon which each student will receive audio & typed feedback. Part 2 of five different activities. Submission of the formative assignment is a pre requirement for the submission of the eportfolio100%n/a
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

  • Brooker, C and Waugh, A. (Eds): 2013, Foundations of Nursing Practice: Fundamentals of Holistic Care, 2nd, Mosby Elsevier., Edinburgh., 978-0-7234-3661-4
  • Brady AM, McCabe C and McCann M (Eds): 2014, Fundamental of Medical-Surgical Nursing: A Systems Approach., Wiley Blackwell., W. Sussex, 978-0470658239
  • Brooker C, Nicol M and Alexander M: 2011, Alexander's Nursing Practice, 4, Churchill Livingstone, 978-070205465
  • Lynda Juall Carpenito-Moyet: 2009, Nursing care plans & documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 9780781770644
  • Potter P. and Perry P.: 2009, Fundamentals of Nursing, 6th Edition, Elsevier Mosby, Missouri,
  • Peate I and Wild K: 2018, Nursing Practice: Knowledge and Care, 2nd, Wiley-Blackwell,
Other Resources

Summary information for Transcript of Training: The aim of this module is to introduce students to the key concepts associated with general nursing and to facilitate the development of a general nursing identity.
Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
Date of Last Revision30-JAN-12

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