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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will foster knowledge; skills and attitudes for care delivery in both general and children's nursing practice settings. At this level the undergraduate nursing student will be expected to competently apply a systematic approach to the provision of person-centred practice to an allocation of 4-6 patients under the distant supervision of a Registered Nurse. The student must demonstrate evidence based practice and critical thinking. S/he must be capable of supporting the person and their primary carers and to work collaboratively with professional colleagues within the clinical environment. The competent practitioner possesses many attributes including practical and technical skills, communication and interpersonal skills, organisational and managerial skills and the ability to perform as part of the healthcare team, demonstrating a professional attitude, accepting responsibility and being accountable for one’s own 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 competences 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 placement496No Description
Independent Study64Reflective learning
Total Workload: 560

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 potential scholarship
At level 4 the student will begin to develop leadership potential and an understanding of effective delegation. 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

  • 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: 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,
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