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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sexuality & Sexual Health Issues in Nursing
Module Code NS291
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Denise Proudfoot
Semester 2: Denise Proudfoot
Autumn: Denise Proudfoot
Module TeachersDenise Proudfoot
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will explore issues around sexuality and sexual health in nursing practice. Students will explore a variety of topics during the including sexuality, sexual health, impact of physical illness on sexuality,sexual abuse. The module is delivered using an interactive student focused style.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the importance of and challenges facing nurses in addressing sexuality/sexual health issues among individuals within healthcare contexts.
2. Evaluate the impact of physical/ psychosocial/ intellectual health, gender, sexual orientation, age, cultural norms on sexuality and sexual behaviour.
3. Show how being awareness of your own sexuality can impact on care provided in a variety of care settings.
4. Explain the theories and principles of sexual health & sexual health promotion.
5. Describe the impact of sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health on the individual, family and society.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30No Description
Seminars6No Description
Independent Study89student self direction
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

What is Sexuality? Revision of Reproductive System – anatomy and function
Sexuality from personal perspectives Sexual practice and behaviour Sexual orientation, motivation and appetite Influences on sexuality and sexual behaviour; body image, self esteem, gender, gender identification, age, cultural norms Sexuality and sexual behaviour across the lifespan Sexuality and intimacy Sexuality and relationships

What is sexual health?
Sexual Health Assessment Skills Sexually transmitted infections HIV/AIDS Sexual/reproductive dysfunction; impotence, infertility Sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape

Sexuality/sexual health issues among people who have physical, psychosocial/ intellectual/cognitive health problems
Expression of sexuality in healthcare settings Facilitating sexual education, sexual responsibility and empowerment Sexual risk assessment among people who are vulnerable Sex and ethics

Sexual health interventions
Sexual Health Promotion – including support regarding sexual behaviour and contraception support Sexual /relationship counselling and therapy Support for people who have been sexually abused/assaulted

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationGroup presentation and individual reflective piece.100%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

  • French Kathy: 2009, Sexual Health,
  • Gilly A: 2005, Women s Sexual Health,3rd edition,
  • Laws T: 2006, A Handbook of Men s Health,
  • Tomlinson John: 2004, ABC of Sexual Health., . Blackwell BMJ Books, UK,
  • Wilson H & MacAndrew S: 2000, Sexual Health Promotion-foundations for Practice,, Bailliere Tindall,
  • Crisis Pregnancy Agency: 2006, The Irish study of sexual health and relationships,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Mental Health)
Date of Last Revision03-JUN-09

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