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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Personal & Professional Development 2
Module Code NS201
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Susan Hourican
Semester 2: Susan Hourican
Autumn: Susan Hourican
Module TeachersSusan Hourican
Michael McKeon
Mary Nevin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is designed to build on the module Personal and Professional Development 1. It aims to provide the student with the opportunity to develop skills of effective study and academic writing, utilising a variety of information and technical sources which contribute to nursing knowledge and practice. The module also aims to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the legal and professional frameworks and legal concepts that are significant for nursing practice. Students will consider these concepts in addition to relevant legislation and examine their application to clinical practice and relevance to personal and professional development. Learning activities for this module will comprise lectures and face to face group tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the information sources and the skills needed for evidence-based practice, academic writing and the development of professional presentations.
2. Critically reflect on interpersonal & professional experiences in the clinical environment incorporating identified reflective frameworks.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the Irish Legal System and statutory legislation that are relevant to nursing practice.
4. Explore the concepts of duty of care, tort of negligence, confidentiality and consent with respect to all client groups and their implications for nursing practice.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the contribution of health informatics to healthcare management and nursing practice.
6. Select appropriate strategies to enhance personal and professional development of self and others, whilst recognising individual ability/competence within and beyond professional boundaries.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture21Full class lecture
Tutorial4Facilitated peer discussions
Online activity10No Description
Independent Study90Research / library database searching / study of module content / preparation of assignment.
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

Identifying literature and information sources

Academic and reflective writing

Harvard referencing technique

Study skills, feedback and consultation

Student as a learner in the clinical environment (PAR)

Criminal, Constitutional and Civil Law.

Health and Safety Legislation, Mental Treatment Act and Mental Health Bill, Child Legislation, Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection.

The Nurses Act, Nurses and Midwives Bill 2010 and An Bord Altranais

Consent, Confidentiality, Negligence, Documentation and Drug Administration

Health information and E. Health

Reflective Practice

Self care and resilience

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentStudents will be required to write a 1000 word assignment on a topic allocated by the module coordinator.90%n/a
Loop QuizStudents will undertake an online quiz set by the subject librarian which will examine their knowledge and understanding of using databases to search for evidence to underpin their oral presentation content.10%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

  • Nurse & Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2021, Code of Professional Conduct & Ethics, Nurse & Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin,
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2020, Guidance to Registered Nurses and Midwives on Medication Administration, NMBI, Dublin,
  • Department of Health & Children: 1999, Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, The Stationary Office, Dublin,
  • Van Dokkum, N: 2011, Nursing Law for Irish Students, 2nd, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin,
  • Hussey P, Kennedy M.A: 2021, Introduction to Nursing Informatics, 5th, Springer,
  • Cottrell, S: 2008, Study Skills Handbook, 3rd, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire,
  • Cottrell, S: 2010, Skills for Success. The Personal Development Planning Handbook, 2nd, Palgrave MacMillan, Hampshire,
  • Dimond, B: 2011, Legal Aspects of Nursing, 5th Ed, Pearson Education Ltd, Essex,
  • Byrne, R and McCutcheon, P: 2001, The Irish Legal System, 4th ed, Butterworths, Dublin,
  • Scullion P, Guest D: 0, Study Skills for Nursing and Midwifery Students, McGraw Hill, Berkshire,
  • Government of Ireland: 2000, Mental health bill 1999 as amended 2000, Stationary Office, Dublin,
  • Government of Ireland: 1991, The Child Care Act, Stationary Office, Dublin,
  • Government of Ireland: 1998, Protection of Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act, Stationary Office, Dublin,
  • Government of Ireland: 2000, The National Children’s Strategy – “Our Children – Their Lives.”, Stationery Office, Dublin,
  • Law Society of Ireland: 1999, Mental health: the case for reform, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin,
  • Lewis, C.J.: 2001, Clinical Negligence A Practical Guide, Butterworths, Dublin,
  • Madden, D.: 2003, Medicine, Ethics and the Law, Butterworths, Dublin,
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: 1971, Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons Proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 2856 (XXVI) of 20 December 1971., United Nations, Geneva,
  • Cottrell, S: 2011, Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument, 2nd, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire,
  • Glen and Parker: 2003, Supporting Learning in Nursing Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire,
  • Holden P, Munnelly B: 2003, How to pass ECDL: For Microsoft office 2003, Pearson Education - Prentice Hall., UK,
  • McMillan K, Weyers J: 2006, The smarter student – study skills and strategies for success at university., Pearson Education, Essex,
  • Neville C: 2007, The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism., McGraw Hill, Berkshire,
  • Taylor, BJ: 2010, Reflective Practice for Healthcare Professionals, 3rd, McGraw Hill, Berkshire,
  • National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery.: 2006, Guidelines for Portfolio Development for Nurses and Midwives, 2nd, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery., Dublin,
Other Resources

60872, Website, Department of Health and Children, 0, www.dohc.ie, 60873, Website, Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland), 0, www.nmbi.ie, 60874, Website, Irish Law Site at UCC, 0, www.irishlaw.org, 60875, Website, First Law, 0, www.firstlaw.ie, 60876, Website, Government of Ireland, 0, www.irlgov.ie, 60877, Website, The Law Society, 0, www.lawsociety.ie, 60878, Website, 0, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery, www.ncnm.ie, 60879, Website, 0, Health and Safety Authority, www.hsa.ie, 60880, Website, 0, Irish Legal Information Initiative, www.irlii.org, 60881, Website, 0, The Office of the Information Commissioner, www.oic.gov.ie, 60882, Website, 0, British and Irish Legal Information Institute, www.bailii.org, 60883, Website, 0, European Court of Human Rights, www.echr.coe.int/, 60884, Online Resource, DCU Library, 2012, DCU Library Guide to Harvard Style of Citing & Referencing, DCU, http://www.library.dcu.ie/LibraryGuides/Citing&ReferencingGuide/player.html,
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 Revision06-MAY-11

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