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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title General Nursing 3A
Module Code NS378
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Amanda Drury
Semester 2: Amanda Drury
Autumn: Amanda Drury
Module TeachersAmanda Drury
Leona Bannon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The aim of this module is designed to enable the student to further develop a critical understanding of a range of physical problems which patients experience. This module will use a biopsychosocial perspective to explore the treatment and management of the most commonly experienced problems in nursing practice. The principles of oncology nursing will be explored in this module also.

Learning Outcomes

1. Comprehend how to appropriately assess and manage physical problems.
2. Evaluate the physiology and aetiology of particular physical problems and their relevance to nursing care.
3. Illustrate the relationship which exists between nursing problems and the prioritization of care needs of the individual.
4. Demonstrate an ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care of people living with acute and chronic health problems.
5. Appreciate sociological and psychological perspectives as they relate to physical problems and health.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Lecture8Practice time in Clinical Education Centre
Independent Study78Reading, Assessment preparation, group work
Fieldwork15Directed Reading for class/ Preparation work for 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

Anatomy, physiology and aetiology of physical problems such as:
Pain, medications, lethargy, nutrition, hydration, breathing, mobility, deteriorating vital signs and altered skin integrity

Nursing assessment and psychological management of physical problems relating to:
Nutrition, Pain, Nausea, Side effects of Medications, Weakness, Fluid balance, Dysnopea and altered skin integrity.

Psychosocial perspectives on patient problems:
Negotiating physical problems in society. Society, culture, norms and the individual with physical problems. Psychological coping mechanisms. Stress and illness perceptions. Family roles and functioning

Nursing the patient with acute and chronic health problems
The nursing care of individuals undergoing cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery). The patient/client experience of cancer and the impact on the family. The care of individuals and their families in the terminal stage of cancer. Case studies and discussion of nursing care of people experiencing acute illnesses and exacerbations of chronic diseases.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written Examn/a100%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

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
    BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)

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