Learning and assessment

The nurse degree apprentice will need to successfully achieve a range of assessment tasks and a practice assessment in each unit to successfully complete the learning outcomes of the programme.

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The three-year programme is divided into three parts, with two units per part. The endpoint assessment is integrated throughout the programme.

Part 1

Unit 1: Foundation in Health and Nursing 1 

60 credits

This unit will lay the foundation level knowledge, skills and professional attributes and values required for contemporary nursing practice. It offers students a broad and applied introduction to the study of nursing through the lifespan and its practice within contemporary health and social care.

Students will explore the wider aspects of health and illness and the issues which impact them. Students will learn skills of access and retrieval, begin to engage with the evidence base for nursing practice and engage and reflect on its application through supervised practice within a multi-disciplinary team context.

Students will be introduced to working with people from different fields of nursing.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrates knowledge of the meaning of being an accountable, professional nurse, with a duty of care for others.
  2. Describes the role of the nurse in the assessment, planning, provision, monitoring and evaluation of person-centred care, within the context of the multidisciplinary team.
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of anatomy and physiology to underpin safe practice.
  4. Demonstrates underpinning communication skills required for providing best practice.
  5. Achieve the practice standard required for this unit.

Assessment

  • Anatomy and physiology exam
  • 1,500-word essay
  • 1,000-word reflection on the field of nursing 
  • Practice assessment document

Unit 2: Foundation in Health and Nursing 2

60 credits

This Unit will continue to develop foundation-level knowledge, skills and professional attributes required for contemporary nursing practice. It continues to offer students a broad and applied introduction to the study of nursing through the lifespan and its practice within contemporary health and social care.

Students will explore the wider aspects of health and illness and the issues which impact them. They will learn skills of access, retrieval and appraising the evidence base for nursing practice and engage and reflect on its application within clinical practice through supervised practice within a multi-disciplinary team placement.

Students will again be expected to take the opportunity to work with people from different fields of practice: mental health, learning disability, mother and child, and adult & child fields of nursing in the context of adult nursing.

Unit 2 builds on the achievements and content completed in Unit 1. Students will have been working on the SafeMedicate online materials and using these to prepare for the health numeracy exam that takes place in this unit.

Learning outcomes 

  1. Explore the concept of health, illness and factors leading to inequalities in health outcomes and the nurse’s role in promoting and protecting health and preventing ill health. 
  2. Apply knowledge of the nurse’s role in assessment, planning, provision, monitoring and evaluation of person-centred care, within the context of the multidisciplinary team and shared decision making especially with those deemed vulnerable. 
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of anatomy and physiology and numeracy to underpin safe practice. 
  4. Achieve the clinical practice standard required for this unit.

Assessment

  • 3000-word essay 
  • Anatomy and physiology exam 
  • Health numeracy exam
  • 1000-word reflection based on an alternative field of nursing
  • Practice assessment document

Part 2

Unit 3: Developing Nursing Practice: Caring for people with acute and short-term needs

60 credits 

The third unit of the programme is designed to enable you to critically develop your understanding of the evidenced-based principles which underpin short-term, acute and critical care nursing and interventions in a secondary care context.

It offers a critical examination of the fundamental and specialist knowledge, skills and attitudes required of the nurse in the fields of medicine and surgery and you will be afforded opportunities to examine the nurse’s role and contribution within the multidisciplinary team. The unit will address issues raised in contemporary national and professional policy initiatives in relation to equality and diversity agendas.

Practice learning experiences will centre around acute and critical surgical/medical care pathways and opportunities will be provided for you to care for patients undergoing a range of these.

Anatomy and physiology sessions will now focus on pathophysiology. This allows for a sound basis upon which to build knowledge and understanding of several acute physiological conditions plus the management and nursing care of each. 

Learning outcomes

  1. Analyse the role of the nurse in the assessment, planning, provision and evaluation of patient care within the context of the multi-disciplinary/multi-agency team
  2. Understand the safe use and action of medications in relation to the specific disease process of the patient.
  3. Discuss the pathophysiological changes which may occur within a range of short-term and acute conditions.
  4. Demonstrate the safe and effective use of risk assessment and communication skills
  5. Achieve the clinical practice standard required for this module.

Assessment

  • Structured Clinical Examination 
  • Pharmacology presentation
  • 1000-word reflection based on an alternative field of nursing
  • Practice Assessment Document

Unit 4: Developing Nursing Practice: Caring for people with long-term and complex needs

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

  • Triple jump examination
  • 1000-word reflection based on an alternative field of nursing
  • Practice assessment document

Part 3

Unit 5: 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 5, 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, their families and 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

  • 4000-word evidence-based practice literature review
  • Develop and deliver a teaching session on an aspect of communication
  • Health numeracy exam
  • Practice assessment document 

Unit 6: 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

  • 6000-word assignment on Developing Clinical Practice to Support Service Development
  • Poster presentation
  • Practice assessment document