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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Practice Module 4b(General Internship)
Module Code NS4044
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Susan Hourican
Semester 2: Susan Hourican
Autumn: Susan Hourican
Module TeachersSusan Hourican
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is a component of the Internship. It consolidates the completed theoretical learning and enables the integration of theory and clinical practice. It supports the achievement of clinical competence in preparation for the transition from student to registered nurse. During this module the Intern will form part of the nursing team working within the multidisciplinary team, and will be allocated a group of patients supported by a preceptor. The Intern is expected to act on their own initiative and take responsibility for their patients' nursing care requirements within their scope of 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 competencies 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 placement63018 weeks clinical placement
Independent Study72Reflective time
Total Workload: 702

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 Intern will practice safely, compassionately, professionally and responsibly

Nursing practice and clinical decision making
Utilising clinical judgement the Intern will use a relevant framework to assess a person's needs. The Intern 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 Intern 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 Intern is expected to demonstrate effective, person-centred communication with the patient (adult or child), family and multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Management and teamwork
The Intern 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
During the Internship the student will demonstrate leadership skills, including effective delegation where appropriate. An appreciation of the need for continuing professional development should be evident.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioThere are three aspects all of which are required: 1. Portfolio consisting of NCAD(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

  • Christine Brooker,Maggie Nicol: 2011, Alexander's Nursing Practice, Churchill Livingstone, 0702031526
  • 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: 2021, Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Midwivese, 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,
  • An Bord Altranais: 2007, Guidance to Nurses and Midwives on Medication Management, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin,
Other Resources

63718, Database, 0, British National Formulary, https://www.dcu.ie/library/resources/databases,
Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)

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