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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Practice Module 4a(General)
Module Code NS4043
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Susan Hourican
Semester 2: Susan Hourican
Autumn: Susan Hourican
Module TeachersSusan Hourican
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Where a student fails a Practice Assessment Record they are required to re-take the practice placement in question.

This module will foster knowledge; skills and attitudes for care delivery in both general and specialist nursing practice settings. At this level the undergraduate nursing student will be expected to competently apply a systematic approach to the provision of person-centred practice to an allocation of 4-6 patients under the distant supervision of a Registered Nurse. The student must demonstrate evidence based practice and critical thinking. S/he must be capable of supporting the person and their primary carers and to work collaboratively with professional colleagues within the clinical environment. The competent practitioner possesses many attributes including practical and technical skills, communication and interpersonal skills, organisational and managerial skills and the ability to perform as part of the healthcare team, demonstrating a professional attitude, accepting responsibility and being accountable for one’s own practice The learning outcomes for this module are derived from the Year 4 learning outcomes prescribed by the Nurse Registration Standards and Requirements (NMBI, 2016) and encompass the 6 domains of nursing outlined.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate, in clinical practice, 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. Use a systematic and problem-solving approach to develop and deliver a person-centred plan of care, based on an explicit partnership with the person and his/her primary carer.
3. Demonstrate the application, in practice, of knowledge and understanding of the health continuum, life and behavioural sciences and the relevant applied principles that underpin a competent knowledge base for nursing and healthcare practice.
4. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships with people and other professionals in healthcare settings using empathic communication skills and techniques.
5. Practice collaboratively with the person, family and multidisciplinary team, using appropriate management and team competences in working for the person’s well-being, recovery, independence and safety.
6. Continue 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. Assess own performance in delivering brief intervention using self-reflective practice and demonstrate the procedure for signposting and referral to support services.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Clinical placement248Students will undertake clinical practice placements in a variety of settings providing them with experience in a wide range of nursing specialties.They will be expected to contribute to the nursing team in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care (where deemed appropriate) in an effort to optimize patient outcomes during the caring episode. Students will also undertake a piece of reflective writing based on an episode of interpersonal communication that took place during
Independent Study32Reflection
Total Workload: 280

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 3 the student will begin to develop leadership potential and an understanding of effective delegation. An appreciation of the need for continuing professional development should be fostered.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practice assessment record There are three aspects all of which are required: 1. Portfolio consisting of PAR(s), Learning Plan(s) & Supporting Evidence 2. Timesheets 3. Prescribed Evidence100%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

  • National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery: 2006, Guidelines for Portfolio Development for Nurses and Midwives, 2nd (Ed), National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery, Dublin,
  • Chris Brooker BSc MSc RGN SCM RNT (Editor), Maggie Nicol BSc(Hons) MSc PGDipEd RGN (Editor): 2011, Alexander's Nursing Practice, 4th, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 0702031526
  • Johns C and Freshwater D (Eds): 2005, Transforming Nursing Through Reflective Practice (2nd Ed.), Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.,
  • Johns C: 2000, Becoming a reflective practitioner Practitioner: A reflective Approach to Clinical Nursing, Practice Development and Clinical Supervision, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)

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