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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Introduction to Advanced Practice Concepts
Module Code NS5064P
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Siobhan Rothwell
Semester 2: Siobhan Rothwell
Autumn: Siobhan Rothwell
Module TeachersSiobhan Rothwell
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Repeat Assignment

This module aims to build on core nursing competencies acquired at bachelor’s degree level. Incorporating theoretical concepts of advanced practice, this module integrates knowledge from nursing and related sciences to fully analyse, design, implement, and evaluate nursing care for diverse populations in healthcare settings. Theory and frameworks to support professional role development/ emerging advanced practice including critical thinking; reflective practice and approaches to learning will also be incorporated.

Learning Outcomes

1. LO1 Identify the concepts that underpin the role of the advanced nurse practitioner within the healthcare system.
2. LO2 Develop an understanding of the complexities involved in the clinical autonomy of advanced nursing practice.
3. LO3 Plan care in collaboration with members of the Multi-disciplinary team, incorporating therapeutic regimes to ensure safe, high quality evidence-based care delivery.
4. LO4 Critically evaluate the contribution of clinical experience, on-going reflection, theoretical concepts and professional development frameworks supporting advanced nursing practice.
5. LO5 Recognise strategies that promote lifelong learning of self and peers that incorporates best practice standards and accountability for practice.
6. LO6 Demonstrate the skills necessary to produce quality academic work at the postgraduate level

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture38Face to face contact via lecture.
Tutorial12Small class group discussions / group work and asynchronous engagement with module tasks, including skills videos to support learning in the clinical skills laboratory.
Independent Study200Opportunity for critical thinking and reflection on learning during the module including identification of personal knowledge deficits that may emerge.
Lecture12Face to face contact via lecture.
Total Workload: 262

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

Emerging advanced practice
The contribution of critical thinking, lifelong learning and reflection on practice to support the emergence of advanced nursing practice will be considered. Technology and information literacy to support developing capabilities will be enabled.

Theoretical Frameworks
Theoretical concepts, nursing models and frameworks that inform and underpin advanced nursing practice will be explored.

Inter-professional Working
Establishing collaborative working relationships with multi-professional team members. Contributing knowledge and expertise to decision-making. Importance of developing self and others through knowledge transfer within practice settings.

Masters level standards
Studying at the post graduate level; strategies for keeping up to date; plagiarism and its consequences.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayEssay assesses academic writing and content learned during the module40%n/a
PresentationPowerPoint presentation on a selected nursing theorist and how this theory contributes to nursing practice40%n/a
Completion of online activityOnline discussion forum on a seletion of questions posed by the module coordinator20%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

  • Masters, K.: 2018, Role Development in professional nursing practice, 5th Edition., Jones & Bartlett, MA, 128415291X
  • Rosalinda Alfaro-Lefevre,Rosalinda Alfaro-Lefevre, Msn, RN, Anef: 2016, Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment, 6th Ed, Saunders, 9780323358903
  • Barton, TD and Allan, D: 2015, Advanced Nursing Practice. Changing Healthcare in a Changing World, 1st, McMillan Education, London, 978-023037813
  • Stewart, JG and DeNisco, SN: 2019, Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner, 2nd, Jones and Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA, 978-128413013
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MNAPMSc in Nursing: Advanced Practice

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