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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title General Nursing 2D
Module Code NS223
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sean Duffy
Semester 2: Sean Duffy
Autumn: Sean Duffy
Module TeachersSean Duffy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The focus of this module is on the principles of caring for four unique populations: mental health, maternity, children and older adults. Safety is always the first concern and the concepts of communication, person-centered care and family-centered care serve as a basis to explore the effects of illness on individuals and their families.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explore the fundamental concepts of care associated with special client groups and their families in a variety of special healthcare settings
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the impact of illness and the specific nursing needs of the infant / child / adolescent and their family in the hospital and community setting
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of midwifery practice and the role of the midwife caring for women and their families from pregnancy through to discharge planning
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the nature of nursing clients and their familes with mental illness, categories of mental illness and the implications for general nursing practice in all health care settings
5. Explore the many special healthcare needs and available supports for the older adult and their families across healthcare settings and in the home

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture32No Description
Tutorial5branch specific
Independent Study68this time is used by students to develop their knowledge and understanding of lecture topics
Directed learning20students are required to access and read relevant academic material as directed by the lecturer
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

The concept of mental health and illness
The nature of psychiatric nursing and the variety of setting in which it occurs. The implications and approaches of mental health and illness in the general setting

The key concepts underpinning children's nursing
Care of the child and family in hospital and other health care settings. Family centred care and its fole in children's nursing. Strategies to minimise the effects of hospitalisation on the child and family, the role of play and safety issues.

The principles of Midwifery
Models of practice including Pre-conception, ante-natal, intra partum and post natal care.Principles of care including breast feeding of the new born infant

The principles of caring for the elderly patient
Principles of caring for the elderly patient including safety, mobilisation and advocacy

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
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

  • Touhy, Theris A., Jett, Kathleen Freudenberger,: 2018, Ebersole & Hess' gerontological nursing & healthy aging, 5th, Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri, 9780323401678
  • Eliopoulos, C: 2018, Gerontological nursing, 9th, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, 9781496377258
  • McCormack, B., McCance, T.: 2017, Person-centred practice in nursing and health care: theory and practice, 2nd, Wiley Blackwell, U.K., 9781118990582
  • McAlinden, O., Price, J.: 2018, Essentials of nursing children and young people, Sage, Los Angeles, 9781473964853
  • Hockenberry, M. J.: 2011, Wongs nursing care of infants and children, 9th edition, Chapter 1, 7, 25, 26, Mosby, Elsevier, London,
  • Chambers, M.: 2017, Psychiatric and mental health nursing: the craft of caring, 3rd, CRC Press, Boca Raton,
  • Evans, N., Hannigan, B.: 2016, Therapeutic skills for mental health nurses, Open University Press, Maidenhead, 9780335264407
  • Frisch, Noreen Cavan; Frisch, Lawrence E: 2011, Psychiatric mental health nursing, 4th, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY:, 9781435400771
  • Mayes, M., Magill-Cuerden, J., Macdonald, S.: 2012, Mayes Midwifery: A textbook for Midwives, 14th, Baillière Tindall Elsevier,, Edinburgh, 9780702052330
  • Snow, S., Taylor, K., Carpenter, J.: 2016, Rapid midwifery, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 9781119023371
Other Resources

61763, Website, The Mental Health Commission, 0, Website, https://www.mhcirl.ie/,
Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
Date of Last Revision10-SEP-08

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