Learning and assessment

The two-year programme is divided into two parts and three units: one unit in Part 2 and two units in Part 3. The endpoint assessment is integrated throughout the programme.

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Unit 4 (Part 2): Developing Nursing Practice

60 credits

This Unit is designed to enable students to further develop their nursing skills and professional values whilst focussing on those with long-term and complex needs. They will seek to understand the unique needs and experiences of adults and their families living with long-term conditions, and the significance of multi-agency collaboration across the health and social care sectors. This will be achieved by drawing the students’ attention to current policy, practice and research. In addition, psychological, physiological and sociological perspectives are explored. The unit will develop an understanding of the importance of user/ carer expertise in health care decision-making.

Learning outcomes

  1. Analyse the nurse’s role in caring for adults with long-term and complex conditions, including the prioritisation of patient needs.
  2. Discuss the role of the nurse in multi-agency partnership and collaboration across all relevant health and social care sectors.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of user/ carer expertise in healthcare decision-making and the personalisation of healthcare.
  4. Discuss best practice approaches to communication for managing complex and long-term care needs.
  5. Achieve the clinical practice standard required for this module.

Assessment

  • A triple jump examination.
  • A 1000-word reflection based on an alternative field of nursing.
  • A practice assessment document.

Unit 5 (Part 3): Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice 1

60 credits

In this unit, you will be introduced to professional concepts and theories to enable you to become an Autonomous Registered Adult Nurse. This unit will include opportunities for you to study and critically appraise the evidence base for nursing practice. This will enable you to practice with confidence once you register as an adult nurse.

Engaging with this module will introduce you to key concepts in healthcare and support you in developing the clinical skills to make decisions based on your professional knowledge. The module also aims to introduce you to aspects of research, which are vital when working in a dynamic healthcare setting.

During your practice placement in Unit Five, you will be placed within an established team of practitioners and will start to work more independently whilst still under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or other registered healthcare professional.

During this practice learning experience, you will be required to help support patients/family/significant others on their journey across health providers and examine key aspects of the patients' engagement within the multi-agency and multi-professional services.

Learning outcomes 

  1. Critically analyse the research and evidence-based principles which underpin nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency and accuracy when calculating dosages of prescribed medicines.
  3. Analyse the effective use of the diverse range of communication skills and demonstrate skills of teaching. 
  4. Demonstrate the role of the nurse as an ambassador, coach, supervisor and professional role model. 
  5. Achieve the clinical practice standard required for this module.

Assessment

  • A 4000-word evidence-based practice literature review.
  • A teaching session on an aspect of communication.
  • A health numeracy exam.
  • A practice assessment document.

Unit 6 (Part 3): Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice 2

60 credits

This final unit is undertaken prior to admission to the NMC register upon successful completion. This practice-focused unit will consolidate learning of all NMC standards and facilitate students to seek out, critically analyse, make judgements upon and implement best-evidenced practices which underpin safe and professional nursing interventions as they transition into autonomous and accountable nurse practitioners. It offers a critical examination of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of the professional nurse.

Students will be enabled to understand and practice effective management and leadership skills as they transition into autonomous nurses in the context of effective multidisciplinary, multi-agency and integrated care practice. 

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically analyse and demonstrate the impact of effective leadership and management in professional teams on the delivery of quality, safe patient care. 
  2. Critically analyse how essential nursing care is planned, organised, delivered and evaluated within the wider context of the healthcare system 
  3. Accurately process and interpret information to identify impacts on the delivery and coordination of care and suggest proactive measures.
  4. Critically analyse concepts and practices of patient safety and personal safety. 
  5. Achieve the clinical practice standard required for this unit 

Assessment

  • A 6000-word assignment on "Developing Clinical Practice to Support Service Development".
  • A poster presentation.
  • A practice assessment document.