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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Practice Module 3A
Module Code NS374
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paula Flanagan
Semester 2: Evelyn Kelleher
Autumn: Evelyn Kelleher
Module TeachersEvelyn Kelleher
Paula Flanagan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 25
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Where a student is deemed not competent in a National Competence Assessment Document they are required to re-take the practice placement in question. Failure in the academic component, the Prescribed Evidence, requires a resit/repeat submission

This level 3 practice module will enable the student to continue to develop nursing competence across a range of specialist and core placements. Under the indirect supervision of the Registered Nurse the student will adopt a problem solving approach in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of person-centred nursing. The student will participate in a supernumerary capacity as a member of the nursing and multidisciplinary teams and is expected to provide a rationale for his/her nursing care. The learning outcomes for this module are derived from the year 3 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 development of 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 well-being, 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.
7. To assess own performance in delivering brief intervention using self-reflective practice.
8. To demonstrate the procedure for signposting and referral to support services.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Clinical placement496No Description
Independent Study64Reflective time
Total Workload: 560

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 from 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 3 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
PortfolioThis module assessment is based on Competent/Not Competent of Clinical Competencies. These will be assessed using the NCAD's (National Competence Assessment Document's). NCAD's and Time Sheets to be submitted when finished the module.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

  • Chris Brooker BSc MSc RGN SCM RNT (Editor), Maggie Nicol BSc(Hons) MSc PGDipEd RGN (Editor): 0, Alexander's Nursing Practice, Churchill Livingstone, 0702031526
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2021, The Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin,
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2020, Guidance for Registered Nurses and Midwives on Medication Administration, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin,
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2015, Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin,
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2015, Recording Clinical Practice: professional guidance, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin,
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2013, Guidance to Nurses and Midwives on Social Media and Social Networking, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin,
Other Resources

59874, Website, 0, Medicines Information Online, http://www.medicines.ie/, 59875, Website, Health Services Executive, 0, Health Services eLearning and Development, http://www.hseland.ie/,
Changed PAR's to NCAD's in Assessment Section
Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)

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