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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title General Nursing 3B
Module Code NS320
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mary Nevin
Semester 2: Mary Nevin
Autumn: Mary Nevin
Module TeachersMary Nevin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module will enable students to explore the principles and practice of primary health care, community health nursing and population health with a focus on the care of the older person. End of life care will also be explored both in community and acute health care setting.

Learning Outcomes

1. Debate the principles and practice of primary health care
2. Examine the concept of community and its relevance to understanding health care delivery
3. Debate the principles and practice of community nursing and its relevance to individual, family and community health
4. Discuss the principles of population health with a focus on the older person
5. Identify the scope of end of life nursing practice and explore its unique characteristics in relation to caring for people with life limiting and terminal illness in all settings.
6. Discuss the provision of appropriate, evidence-based nursing and supportive care to those at the end of life, their carers and families.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study68Directed reading for chosen topics in relation to the module
Lecture24in class lectures
Tutorial3Tutorial on module assessment
Directed learning30Directed reading for class discussion and tutorials
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

Community nursing and approaches to care throughout the life cycle

The principles and practice of primary health care.

Inequalities in health.

Healthcare structures, multidisciplinary team working and intersectoral collaboration

National and international health care policy

Needs assessment

Evolution, philosophy & Principles of End of Life Care.
Exploration of the history of and the principles underlying end of life care. Cultural considerations in death and dying are also considered

Impact of Life-limiting illness: Physical, Psychological, Social and Emotional Factors
Exploration of the impact of a diagnosis of life limiting or terminal illness on the individual and their family including the array of emotional responses that can occur, the enormity of the adaptive process and the relationship between psychological distress and physical suffering.

Care of the Actively Dying Patient
Management of the complex symptoms including: pain, dyspnoea, delirium, restlessness and agitation. Ethical issues in end of life care.

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

  • Sue Chilton (Editor), Heather Bain (Editor): 2017, A Textbook of Community Nursing, 2nd, Routledge, 978-149872537
  • Arnott, Jane,Atherley, Siobhan,Pye, Sarah: 2012, Introduction To Community Nursing Practice, McGraw-Hill Education (UK), 0335244718
  • P. Anne Scott , Eilis Hayes , Padraig MacNeela: 2006, Community Nursing in Ireland, DCU, Dublin, 1872327591
Other Resources

59870, Website, World Health Organisation, 0, Health 21:Health for all in the 21st Century. An Introduction, www.euro.who.int/document/health21/wa540gal199heeng.pdf, 59871, Website, World Health Organization, 1978, Report of the International Report of the International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma Ata, Geneva, http://www.euro.who.int/document/EHFA5-E.pdf, 59872, Website, Department of Health & Children, 0, Policy Documents, http://www.dohc.ie/pullications, 59873, Website, World Health Organisation, 0, Policy Documents, www.euro.who.int,
Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
Date of Last Revision10-APR-12

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