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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2019 - 2020

Module Title General Nursing 2C
Module Code NS222
School 38

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorMs Joanne Cleary-HoldforthOffice NumberH266
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of medical and surgical conditions the Gastrointestinal, Neurological, Integumentary and Musculoskeletal systems. Students will consider the treatments and nursing care required by individuals with disorders of the Gastrointestinal, Neurological, Integumentary and Musculoskeletal systems and they will explore the nursing skills that are essential for their care. The psychological and social aspects of these conditions as well as of nursing care will also be considered. The module is delivered through a combination of lectures, clinical skills sessions and group tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline the principles of medical, surgical conditions and management of acute and chronic conditions associated with the above disorders.
2. Describe the principles of caring for individuals with disorders of Gastrointestinal, Neurological, Integumentary and Musculoskeletal systems.
3. Perform the clinical skills deemed necessary for the nursing management of the above patient groups.
4. Identify the social and psychological aspects of these conditions and of the nursing care attached to them.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial4Face to face interaction with students in smaller groups
Independent Study100student will undertake independent learning time; accessing databases, searching relevant evidence, reading recommended texts and preparing coursework.
Clinical laboratory9clinical education centre - simulated learning: Care of unconscious patient; Wound care; Care of abdominal surgical patient
Directed learning35Directed readings and video review in advance of clinical skills
Total Workload: 196

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

Biological aspects of disease:
Biological aspects of disease and particular conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, the neurological system, the integumentary system, and the musculoskeletal system.

The nursing care of individuals with conditions of the Gastrointestinal, Neurological, Integumentary and Musculoskeletal systems:
Use of the nursing process in providing appropriate care. Principles of medical and surgical procedures associated with the above conditions. Principles of acute and chronic care. Principles of pre and post operative care. Principles of wound care (acute and chronic), plaster care, pressure area care.

Psychological aspects of disease and nursing care.

Social aspects of disease and nursing care

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
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

  • Dealey C: 2012, The Care of Wounds: A Guide for Nurses., 4rd, Blackwell Scientific, Oxford.,
  • Denny E, Earle S: 2009, Sociology for Nurses, Polity Press, Cambridge,
  • Endacott R, Jevon P, Cooper S: 2009, Clinical Nursing Skills: Core and Advanced, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Smeltzer SC, Bare BG, Hinkle JL, Cheever KH: 2013, Brunner & Suddarth`s textbook of medical -surgical nursing., 13th, Lippincott., Philidelphia,
  • Niven N: 2006, The Psychology of Nursing Care, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke,
  • Docherty C, McCallum J: 2009, Foundation Clinical Nursing Skills, Oxford University Press., Oxford,
  • Long BC, Phipps WJ, Cassmeyer VL: 1995, Adult nursing: a nursing process approach, Mosby, London,
  • Pearson A, Vaughan B: 2004, Nursing Models for Practice, 3rd, Butterworth Heinemann., Oxford,
  • Hyde A, Lohan M, McDonnell O: 0, Sociology for Health Professionals in Ireland, IPA, Dublin,
  • Alexander MF, Fawcett JN, Runciman PJ: 2006, Nursing Practice: hospital and home – the adult., 3rd, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh,
  • Basford L, Slevin O: 2003, Theory and Practice of Nursing: an integrated approach to patient care., Nelson Thornes, London,
  • Hickey J: 2002, The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, 5th, Lippincott., New York,
  • Mallett J, Bailey C: 2008, Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 7th, Wiley Blackwell, Oxford,
  • Iggulden H: 2006, Care of the Neurological Patient (Essential skills for nurses), Wiley Blackwell., Oxford,
  • Jamieson E, Whyte LA, McCall J: 2007, Clinical Nursing Practices, 5th, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh,
  • Naidoo J, Wills J: 2009, Foundations for Health Promotion: Public Health and Health Promotion Practice, 3rd, Balliere Tindall, London,
  • Oliver S: 2009, Oxford Handbook of Musculo-skeletal Nursing, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Smith G, Watson R: 2005, Gastrointestinal Nursing, Blackwell Science, Oxford,
  • Walker C, Papadopoulos L: 2005, Psychodermatology: The Psychological Impact of Skin Disorders, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • French DP, Vedhara K, Kaptein, A. A., & Weinman, J.: 2010, Health Psychology, 2nd, Blackwell, Oxford,
Other Resources

35942, Report, Department of Health and Children, 2000, The National Health Promotion Strategy 2000-2005., Dublin, The Stationary Office., 35943, Report, Department of Health and Children, 2001, Quality and Fairness: a health system for you, Dublin, The Stationary Office, 35944, Report, Department of Health and Children, 2007, Quality and Fairness Report, a health system for you - Action Plan Progress Report 2006., Dublin, The Stationary Office, 35945, Report, Department of Health and Children, 2001, Primary Care, Dublin, The Stationary Office, 35946, Report, Department of Health and Children, 2008, Statement of Strategy 2008-2010, Dublin, The Stationary Office, 35947, Website, Department of Health and Children, 0, Department of Health, http://www.doh.ie, 35948, Website, 0, www.nursingboard.ie,
Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)