NS0424 - Nursing Skills 1: Introduction to Nursing Assessment Skills

What will I learn on this module?

The content of Nursing Skills 1 will be informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurse’ (NMC 2018).

The module will introduce the concept of safe nursing practice and the proficiencies nurses need when undertaking the physical assessment of people of all ages. You will learn how to observe and assess people of all ages in terms of symptoms and signs of physical ill health. You will learn how to take, record and interpret a patient’s vital sign and use communication tools to support verbal and written reports. An introduction to basic medicine calculation and management will also be part of your learning. These skills and proficiencies will be supported by opportunities to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology and taught by experts. These nursing skills are directly relevant to your practice learning and include nursing procedures that are necessary for safe and effective patient care. Before your first placement you will complete a number of mandatory requirements, which will enable you to practice with confidence and ensure patient safety. The learning opportunities in this module are designed to support you to develop knowledge, which will inform the attainment of communication and relationship management skills and nursing procedures as identified as Part 1 in your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of methods, which will include Online Supported Learning (OSL), through engagement with a simulated practice environment and ‘tasters sessions’ in a clinical practice. Learning will be supplemented by websites and training packages, which will include access to the department’s specialist Skills4Practice website: https://www.s4pwebsite.com/

Engagement in group workshops will encourage you to work collaboratively with peers to build your knowledge and understanding. You will also be provided with the opportunity to link with fellow students in other fields of nursing. This introduces you to the task-work component of teamwork and reflects the realities of delivering effective care for people of all ages in healthcare settings, such as the community, people’s own homes and in-patient clinical setting.

The module will be delivered using a blend of eLP and face-to-face practical sessions, underpinned by online learning resources. The focus of learning will be on rehearsal of nursing skills to build proficiency, develop understanding and enhance competence.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a specialist module team of lecturers in nursing, midwifery and health. You will receive ongoing guidance and feedback to ensure you are able to engage with concepts of safe nursing practice, the physical health, mental health and wellbeing status of people of all ages, and the academic rigour of the module.

You will also be supported via the modules OSL systems in addition to face-to-face teaching and group work activities and discussion. You will be able to contact the module team in person, by email or phone and through the eLP. Skills Plus, the University Library’s collection of online learning materials can be used to support the development of your academic skills. Further support for your learning is provided with a 24 hour IT Helpline, a comprehensive range of services through the Student Support and Wellbeing Team and the University’s student portal, which gives help and advice on student enquiries.

You will also support each other via peer support, through engaging in discussion and debate to enhance your learning. Additional relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and other teaching and learning methods will be available via eLP and library services. All support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Recommendations (DSSR).

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. understand the fundamental principles and concepts underpinning safe, evidence-based person centred care.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. develop skills that will enable you to take, record and interpret vital signs.
3. develop the foundations of professional communication and assessment skills to accurately assess people of all ages.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. demonstrate professionalism, integrity and an ability to work within recognised professional standards.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment of numeracy (SafeMedicate) will also be undertaken.

MLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Summative assessment will be by an unseen online examination, 30 questions in total, 120 minutes in duration.

Questions will be a mixture of MCQ and short answer essay/scenario based questions. This exam will be submitted electronically via Blackboard, will be invigilated by Honorlock Proctoring Services and will be marked electronically.

Feedback will be provided via Blackbaord as part of the grading and test functionality.

MLO 1, 2, 3, 4





Module abstract

Nursing Skills 1 initiates the development of your communication and nursing procedure skills, which are necessary for safe, effective, professional practice. The module is designed to introduce you to the essentials skills of nursing practice which you will build and develop over your three year programme of study. Sessions will focus on the rehearsal and practise of a range of nursing interventions that can be applied to the care of people of all ages and in different healthcare settings. You will have the opportunities to participate in simulated education utilising a range of specialist technology. As you progress through the module you will be encouraged to reflect on your own performance, and assess your strengths and weaknesses around your skills development. This learning lays the foundation for safe, professional practice and ultimately a successful career as a Registered Nurse.

Course info

UCAS Code B741

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022 or September 2023

Fee Information

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.


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