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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This level 1 practice module will provide the student with the opportunity to practice basic nursing skills while recognising that the student is a novice to the world of nursing and requires exposure to all aspects of practice. It is expected that a registered nurse will directly supervise the student when s/he is participating in care provided to people in the practice setting across the life continuum. It is further expected that the student will have a basic understanding of the broad concepts underpinning such care. The student may require continuous prompting in the provision of person-centred nursing care, and considerable direction in identifying her/his learning needs. The student will be able to participate as a member of the nursing team and the wider multidisciplinary team. The student will be supported in the clinical area by a named preceptor, registered nurses, clinical nurse manager, and a clinical placement co-ordinator. The learning outcomes for this module are derived from year 1 Learning Outcomes prescribed by the Nurse Registration Standards and Requirements (NMBI, 2016) and encompass the 6 domains of nursing outlined.

Learning Outcomes

1. To practice safely, compassionately, with integrity and honesty, upholding the professional values of nursing under supervision of a registered nurse
2. To gain knowledge and understanding of the principles of delivering safe and effective nursing care through the adoption of a systematic and problem-solving approach to developing and delivering a person-centred plan of care based on an explicit partnership with the person and his/her primary carer.
3. To enhance knowledge and understanding of the health continuum, life and behavioural sciences and their applied principles that underpin a competent knowledge base for nursing and healthcare practice.
4. To develop knowledge, appreciation and development of empathic communication skills and techniques for effective interpersonal relationships with people and other professionals in health care settings.
5. To use management and team competences in working for the person’s well-being, recovery, independence and safety through recognition of the collaborative partnership between the person, family and multidisciplinary health care team.
6. 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.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Clinical placement248Clinical placement
Independent Study32Reflective time
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 1 the student will begin to understand the use of feedback, supervision and appraisal to support self awareness and competence as a nurse. An appreciation of the need for continuing professional development should be fostered.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Brooker, C: 2011, Alexander's Nursing Practice, 4th Ed, Churchill Livingstone, 0702031526
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2015, The Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives, 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, An Bord Altranais, Dublin,
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