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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2008 - 2009

Module Title Management & Leadership in Prof Practice
Module Code NS441
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorMs Therese LeuferOffice NumberH227
Level 4 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
  • To critically appraise management and leadership issues in health care contexts.
  • To assist students identify and prepare effectively for future employment opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, and following a period of personal study, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between management theories and their influence on professional nursing practice.
  • Recognise organisational factors that influence decision-making within healthcare.
  • Examine approaches to leadership of teams and the nature of interprofessional working.
  • Analyse contemporary issues within nursing and related implications for practice.
  • Evaluate models of care delivery that exist.
  • Identify career management needs including self-assessment of transferable skills and predict developmental requirements.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 1
Independent Learning Time 50

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
  • Theories of management and leadership.
  • Organisational structure and culture.
  • Interprofessional working - teamwork, working in groups and managing people.
  • Power and empowerment in nursing.
  • Clinical governance – audit, evidence-based guidelines & standard setting.
  • Professional issues - Code of Conduct / Scope of Practice, concepts of responsibility, accountability and autonomy/ medication management.
  • Evidence-based practice, clinical judgement & decision making.
  • Models of organising care – patient centred planning, integrated care pathways / managed care.
  • Critical factors in successfully managing careers in professional practice/ Self-assessment and Transferable Skills Audit/ Reviewing Career Options/ Job Applications – CVs & Covering Letters/ Interview Skills & Action Learning – Developing a Careers Action Plan.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List

Indicative Reading List

  • An Bord Altranais 2003 The Code of professional Conduct for each Nurse and Midwife. Dublin: An Bord Altranais.
  • An Bord Altranais 2000 Review of Scope of Practice for Nursing and Midwifery. Dublin: An Bord Altranais.
  • Cottrell S 2003 Skills for Success. Hampshire. Palgrave.
  • Marquis B and Huston CJ 2005 Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing.  4th edition. Philadelphia. Lippincott.
  • Masters K 2005 Role Development in Professional Nursing Practice. London. Jones and Bartlett.
  • National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery & An Bord Altranais 2007 Your Skill, Their Health, Doing Medicines Right: A Guide to Medication Management. National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery / An Bord Altranis. Dublin.
  • National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery 2006 Guidelines for Portfolio Development for Nurses and Midwives. 2nd Ed.. Dublin. National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery 2006 Improving the Patient Journey: Understanding Integrated Care Pathways. Dublin. National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Sullivan E and Decker P 2005 Effective Leadership & Management in Nursing. 6th Ed. Butterworth Heinman.
  • Walsh M 2000 Nursing Frontiers: accountability and the boundaries of care. Oxford. Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • Meyler E and Trenoweth S 2007 Succeeding in Nursing and Midwifery Education. Chichester. Wiley.
  • Middleton S and Roberts A 2000 Integrated Care Pathways: A Practical Approach to Implementation. Butterworth- Heinman Ltd.


  • Burton M. and Kellaway M 1998 Developing and Managing High Quality Services for People with Learning Disabilities. Arena Publishers.
  • Clark L and Griffiths P 2008 Learning Disability and Other Intellectual Impairments: Meeting Needs Throughout Health Services. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Hall J and Howard D 2006 Integrated Care Pathways in Mental Health. Churchill Livingstone
  • Hyde J 2004 Managing and Supporting People in Health Care. Balliere Tindall: London.
  • Lynch J and Trenoweth S 2008 Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Nursing. WileyBlackwell.
  • Office for Health Management 2000 Report on Nursing Management Competencies. Dublin. Office for Health Management.
  • Sale D 2005 Understanding Clinical Governance and Quality Assurance: Making It Happen. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Thompson T and Mathias P1998 Standards and Learning Disability. Balliere Tindall. London.
  • Wedderburn Tate C (2004) Leadership in Nursing. Churchill Livingstone. London.
  • Wilkinson C 2007 Professional Perspectives in Healthcare. Palgrave Macmillian.

Summary information for Transcript of Training
Students critically explore theory underpinning contemporary issues in management and leadership for professional practice. Career planning and development is also incorporated in the module

Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
BNIDBSc in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Psychiatric)