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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title General Nursing 2A
Module Code NS278
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Susan Kent
Semester 2: Susan Kent
Autumn: Susan Kent
Module TeachersSusan Kent
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will use a biopsychosocial perspective to explore the treatment and nursing management of patients with disorders of the reproductive, renal, neurological and integumentary systems. The delivery of care will be considered from a person centred perspective underpinned by the self-management support approach. The module is delivered through a combination of face to face lectures, clinical skills practice sessions and online group tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an ability to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing management for patients/clients with conditions relating to the renal, reproductive, neurological and integumentary systems using a person centred approach to care.
2. Observe and then practice the clinical skills deemed necessary for the nursing management of the above patient groups
3. Gain an understanding of the pharmacology associated with the nursing management of the above patient groups.
4. Explore the nurses' role in promoting health in relation to the above patient/client group underpinned by the self-management support approach.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Clinical laboratory4Simulation practice of clinical skills in the Clinical Education Centre
Directed learning30Directed reading for class /preparatory work for group discussions/ practice time in Clinical Education Centre
Online activity10Online LOOP discussion on case scenarios
Independent Study57Assessment preparation, reading, group work, simulated clinical practice in Clinical Education Centre
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

Biological aspects of disease
Biological aspects of disease and particular conditions affecting the reproductive, renal, neurological and integumentary systems.

Management of nursing care
Assessment strategies, care planning and evaluation of care.

Care of the patient with regard to skin integrity
Promotion of skin integrity, care of the patient with an acute or chronic wound, wound cleaning and dressing, removal of sutures and clips, the management of pressure area care.

Fluid and Electrolytes
Fluid and electrolyte balance and disturbances. Fundamental concepts. Fluid volume disturbances: Hypovolaemia & Hypervolaemia Electrolyte imbalances

Relevant cognitive, affective and psycho-motor skills.
Observation of demonstration and practice of nursing skills undertaken in the Clinical Education Centre

Pharmaceutical interventions.
Linkage with co requistite Pharmacology in Nursing module (NS204) with regard to the relevant pharmacological interventions

Teamwork, communication & collaboration in nursing practice:
Focus will be on working effectively as a member of the nursing and multidisciplinary team. This will include the importance of effective communication and collaboration with members of the multidisciplinary team and community care team.

Relevant health promotion issues and strategies
Explore the nurses' role in promoting health in relation to the above patient/client group underpinned by the self-management support approach.

Psychological and social aspects of disease and nursing care
Explore the social and psychological aspects of acute and chronic health conditions and gain understanding of potential impact on patients

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

  • Waugh, A. & Grant A: 2018, Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness, 13, Churchill and Livingstone, New York, 9780702032271
  • The Royal Marsden: 2015, The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures., Student Edition, 9th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, England, 978-1-118-746
  • Page, C. P., Greenstein, P. & Gould, D.: 2008, Trounce's Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses., 18th, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 9780443068041
  • Brunner, L.S. & Suddarth D.S: 2017, Textbook of Medical Surgical Nursing, 14th Edition, Lippincott, London, 9781496347992
  • Brooker, C., Nico, M.,& Alexander, M.: 2011, Alexander's Nursing Practice, 4th, Churchill Livingstone, 9780702046407
  • Hickey, Joanne V.; Strayer, Andrea L.: 2019, The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, 8th, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 978-197510067
Other Resources

59031, Website, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2014, Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, https://www.nmbi.ie/Standards-Guidance/Code, 59032, Website, Department of Health, Ireland, 2016, VALUES FOR NURSES AND MIDWIVES IN IRELAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH POSITION PAPER: 1 JUNE 2016, Dublin, Ireland, https://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/J___-Dept-of-Health-DL.pdf, 59033, Website, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2013, Guidance to Nurses and Midwives on Social Media and Social Networking, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, https://www.nmbi.ie/nmbi/media/NMBI/Publications/Guidance-to-Nurses-Midwives-on-Social-Media-Social-Networking.pdf?ext=.pdf, 59034, Website, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 0, NICE Pathways, guidance, Standards and indicators, London, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance, 59035, Website, Health Service Executive, 2018, Integrated Care Pathway for the Management of Spinal Cord Injury, https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/publications/clinical-strategy-and-programmes/integrated-care-pathway-spinal-cord-injury.pdf,
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