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Archived Version 2018 - 2019

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to build on core nursing competencies acquired at bachelor’s degree level. Incorporating both theoretical and practical skills instruction, this module integrates knowledge from nursing and related sciences to fully analyse, design, implement, and evaluate nursing care for diverse populations in healthcare settings. Theory and frameworks to support professional role development/ emerging advanced practice including critical thinking; reflective practice and approaches to learning will also be incorporated.

Learning Outcomes

1. LO1 Demonstrate ability to undertake a concise health assessment incorporating the physical, biological, psychosocial and functional considerations for patients.
2. LO2 Analyse the relationships between normal physiological and pathophysiological processes across the lifespan as it relates to concise health assessment.
3. LO3 Plan care in collaboration with members of the Multi-disciplinary team, incorporating therapeutic regimes to ensure safe, high quality evidence-based care delivery.
4. LO4 Critically evaluate the contribution of clinical experience, on-going reflection, theoretical concepts and professional development frameworks supporting advanced nursing practice.
5. LO5 Recognise strategies that promote lifelong learning of self and peers that incorporates best practice standards and accountability for practice.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Face to face contact via lecture.
Clinical laboratory20The student will receive clinical skills instruction in a simulated learning environment on a range of advanced nursing practices.
Laboratory6Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). A series of 6 OSCE's will be completed by students in the clinical laboratory
Tutorial12Small class group discussions / group work and asynchronous engagement with module tasks, including skills videos to support learning in the clinical skills laboratory.
Independent Study200Opportunity for critical thinking and reflection on learning during the module including identification of personal knowledge deficits that may emerge.
Lecture12Face to face contact via lecture.
Total Workload: 262

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

Concise health assessment
This aspect sets out to re-inforce fundamental knowledge and skills needed to undertake core/vital observations for patient health assessment.

Physiological and pathophysiology
This will consider normal changes in physiological and pathophysiological processes across the lifespan as they relate to concise patient health assessment.

Emerging advanced practice
The contribution of critical thinking, lifelong learning and reflection on practice to support the emergence of advanced nursing practice will be considered. Technology and information literacy to support developing capabilities will be enabled.

Theoretical Frameworks
Theoretical concepts, nursing models and frameworks that inform and underpin advanced nursing practice will be explored.

Inter-professional Working
Establishing collaborative working relationships with multi-professional team members. Contributing knowledge and expertise to decision-making. Importance of developing self and others through knowledge transfer within practice settings.

Simulation Lab
Demonstration, review and assessment of clinical competency across a range of fundamental clinical nursing skills necessary for concise patient health assessment.

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

  • Masters, K.: 2017, Role Development in professional nursing practice, 4th Edition., Jones & Bartlett, MA, 9781284078329
  • Smith, F., Smith, D. & Duell, B.: 0, Clinical nursing skills: Basic to advanced skills, 9th Ed., Pearson, 9780134087924
  • The Royal Marsden Manual: 2015, The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 9th, Student Edition, 9th Edition, Wiley, 9781118746
  • Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre RN MSN ANEF: 0, Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach, 5e, 6th Ed, Saunders, 9781437727760
  • Melnyk, BM. and Fineout- Overholt, E.: 2015, Evidence- Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice., 3rd Ed., Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 978-160547778
  • Moore, T. and Cunningham, S.: 2017, Clinical skills for nursing practice, 1st, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 9780273767947
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