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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Practice Module 2 (General)
Module Code NS283
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Daniela Lehwaldt
Semester 2: Daniela Lehwaldt
Autumn: Daniela Lehwaldt
Module TeachersDaniela Lehwaldt
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This level 2 clinical practice module will enable the student to continue to develop nursing competence across a range of specialist and core placements under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse. This level recognises that the student has had some exposure and participation in the provision of care in the practice environment. The student needs both the assistance and close supervision of the Registered Nurse while s/he participates in the provision of person-centred nursing. Frequent prompting may be required to support the student in the provision of person-centred nursing and in identification of its underpinning evidence. The student begins to identify her/his learning needs through discussion with her/his preceptor. The learning outcomes for this module are derived from the year 2 learning outcomes prescribed by the Nurse Registration Standards and Requirements (NMBI, 2016) and encompass the 6 domains of nursing outlined.

Learning Outcomes

1. To continue to develop knowledge and appreciation of the virtues of caring, compassion, integrity, honesty, respect and empathy as a basis for upholding the professional values of nursing and identity as a nurse.
2. To gain knowledge and understanding of the principles of delivering safe and effective nursing care through the adoption of a systematic and problem-solving approach to developing and delivering a person-centred plan of care based on an explicit partnership with the person and his/her primary carer.
3. To enhance knowledge and understanding of the health continuum, life and behavioural sciences and their applied principles that underpin a competent knowledge base for nursing and healthcare practice.
4. To develop knowledge, appreciation and empathic communication skills and techniques for effective interpersonal relationships with people and other professionals in health care settings.
5. To use management and team competences in working for the person’s wellbeing, recovery, independence and safety through recognition of the collaborative partnership between the person, family and multidisciplinary health care team.
6. To develop professional scholarship through self-directed learning skills, critical questioning/reasoning skills and decision-making skills in nursing as the foundation for lifelong professional education, maintaining competency and career development.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Clinical placement372It is mandatory that students have 100% attendance. In order to complete a Practice assessment, students must have completed a minimum of 80% attendance. All outstanding hours must be completed to successfully pass the module. All assessment documentation must be submitted by the submission date. Timesheets and NCAD must be submitted by due date.
Independent Study48Reflective time
Total Workload: 420

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

Professional values
The student will practice safely, compassionately, professionally and responsibly.

Nursing practice and clinical decision making
Utilising clinical judgement the student will use a relevant framework to assess a person's needs. The student will practice the skill of prioritising person-centred nursing interventions based on best evidence and the desired goals of the person. Evaluation of nursing care will be based on feedback form the person, family, and other health professionals in conjunction with the registered nurse.

Knowledge competence, critical thinking and reflection
The student will analyse and suggest possible responses to situations in the practice setting which demonstrate that (s)he is practicing from a competent knowledge base and using critical thinking and reflection to inform practice.

The student is expected to communicate effectively in a person-centred manner with the patient (adult or child), family and health care team.

Management and teamwork
The student will practice collaboratively with the person, family and health care team. Demonstration of personal organisation and efficiency in undertaking nursing care is expected.

Leadership and professional scholarship
At level 2 the student will begin to develop leadership potential and an understanding of effective delegation. An appreciation of the need for continuing professional development to be fostered.

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

  • 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., 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
Other Resources

61032, 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, 61033, 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, 61034, 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, 61035, 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,
Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)

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