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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2014 - 2015

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

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Mary KellyOffice NumberH122H
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module will examine contemporary management and leadership issues which impact on nursing contexts. Students will explore and debate approaches to management and leadership within nursing and healthcare organisations and examine how they influence their role as nurses within this context. The scope of practice of the professional nurse and its impact on professional nursing will be examined. Preparation for professional practice following registration as qualified nurses will also be provided in conjunction with the Careers Service in DCU. Guidance on career planning including CV preparation, interview skills and identification of short to medium term career goals will be facilitated. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning activities during the course of the module including lectures & seminars and will be expected to participate actively in the learning process available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse contemporary management and leadership issues in nursing and their implications for practice
2. Critique the factors that impact on the scope of practice of the registered nurse
3. Identify personal and professional developmental needs for future practice arising from engagement with relevant literature.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture18Face to face lecture
Seminars3Supplementary exchange of information relating to module (face to face)
Directed learning3Management and Leadership context
Directed learning4CV Preparation
Tutorial2Students can attend a tutorial on CV preparation in small groups
Seminars3Careers Fair
Directed learning12Examination of HIQA or Mental Health Commission regulations and standards.
Online activity2HIQA or Mental Health Commission online information and resources review
Directed learning5Review of Scope of Nursing Practice and Code of Practice.
Online activity2options regarding discussion items on moodle, updated weekly
Directed learning10Standards and quality review related to area of practice.
Directed learning10Professional practice reading and reserach
Directed learning10Medication management research and reading
Directed learning6Motivation and Nursing
Directed learning5Personal and professional development needs
Assignment Completion30Reading,research and assignment preparation
Total Workload: 125

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 regulation of nursing practice in Ireland: the role and function of An Bord Altranais

Fitness to practice

Theories of management and leadership

Methods of care delivery in nursing

Motivation in the workplace

Maintaining quality of care in nursing practice

Career development

The scope of professional nursing practice

Professional accountability

Professional responsibility

Maintaining professional competence


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

  • Marquis, B. and Huston, C.: 2012, Leadership and Management Tools for the New Nurse, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, London, 978-1-60913-783-0
  • An Bord Altranais: 2000, Review of the Scope of Practice for Nursing and Midwifery., An Bord Altranais, Dublin,
  • Sullivan E and Decker P: 2009, Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing., 7th Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall,
  • Marquis B. and Huston C.J.: 2005, Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing., 4th edition., Lippincott., Philadelphia.,
  • *Siviter B: 2008, The Newly Qualified Nurse’s Handbook, Bailliere Tindall Elsevier,
  • Masters, K: 2005, Role Development in Professional Nursing Practice, Jones and Bartlett, London,
  • An Bord Altranais: 2007, Guidance to Nurses and Midwives on Medication Management., An Bord Altranais., Dublin.,
  • An Bord Altranais 2007: 2007, Practice Standards for Nurses and Midwives with Prescriptive Authority, An Bord Altranais., Dublin,
  • Daft, L. R.., Marcic, D.: 2005, Understanding Management, 5th Edition, Thompson Learning., London.,
  • Cole GA: 2003, Management Theory and Practice, 6th Edition, Cengage Learning, 10: 1844800881
  • Van Dokkum N.: 2011, Nursing Law for Students in Ireland, 2nd Edition, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin, 978 07171 4987 2
  • Hendrick J.: 2004, Law and ethics, Nelson Thornes, Cheltenham, 978 0 7487 75415
  • Hendrick J.: 2010, Law and Ethics in Children's Nursing, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, 9781405161060
Other Resources

15477, Web resource, 0, Code of Conduct, http://www.nursingboard.ie/en/code/new-code.aspx, 15478, Link to HIQA, 0, Health Information and Quality Authority, http://www.hiqa.ie/, 15479, Link to Mental Health Commission, 0, Mental Health Commission, http://www.mhcirl.ie/,
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