NS0623 - Nursing Skills 6: Advancing Nursing Skills

What will I learn on this module?

This module will consolidate the concepts and nursing interventions from the previous skills modules and be delivered following Nursing Skills 5. Building on your existing knowledge and skills you will enhance your development and become an agile skilled practitioner in your relevant field of nursing. You will be learning to apply high level communication and medicines management skills, previous knowledge and experience as well as your advanced knowledge of nursing procedures to prepare you for autonomous practice. History taking skills will be developed and used as a framework for enhanced assessment and care of people of all ages. A range of dynamic learning opportunities both in the simulated and real-life practice setting will help to generate evidence, which will aid you in the completion of your Ongoing Record of Achievement, demonstrating that you are capable of a high standard of competent, safe and independent nursing practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a variety of methods, which will include practice learning, simulated practice, and Online Support Learning (OSL). These opportunities will be supplemented by websites and training packages, which will include access to the Department’s specialist Skills4Practice website: https://www.s4pwebsite.com/

Using your developed evidence-based practice approach, you will be observed in your ability to take a history, observe, recognise and accurately assess people of all ages. You will be provided with feedback to enhance your learning, and this will allow you to be informed of your development as a future registered nurse.

The module will be delivered using a blend of web-based resources and face-to-face practical sessions that are underpinned by online learning resources including a digital educational medicines management resource. BlackBoard Ultra will be used to provide access to both field essential learning and the opportunity to access learning that supports a greater depth of knowledge beyond your field specific content.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a module team of specialist nursing lecturers. You will receive ongoing guidance and feedback to effectively engage with concepts of high-level communication and history taking skills to ensure enhanced assessment and care.

You will also be supported via the modules OSL systems and a digital educational medicines management resource in addition to face-to- face teaching and more formal classroom arrangements. You will also learn together through peer support, engaging in skill rehearsal in preparation for your summative assessment which will be in the form of an Observed Structured Clinical Examination.

You will be able to contact the module team in person, by email or phone and through BlackBoard Ultra. 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 and the student support and wellbeing service at Northumbria are excellent points of contact for assistance for queries regarding disability, faith, counselling, mental health support, finance and welfare issues. You can access these services via email on your student portal, by telephone or through the help desk staff based within university libraries.

You will also support each other via peer support, through engaging in discussion and debate to enhance your learning. Additional relevant materials will be available via BlackBoard Ultra. These will include the electronic reading list, PowerPoint presentations, recorded lectures and interactive learning packages. The university libraries at both Coach Lane Campus and City Campus offer an extensive collection of material, both hard copy and electronic, access to international databases and training in information retrieval. All support will be in line with any Student Accessibility Plans (SAP’s).

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. Critically analyse contemporary, evidence based, patient assessment skills and nursing interventions.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

2. Apply evidence-based patient assessment skills and nursing interventions to complex patients and their families/carers.

3. Demonstrate history taking skills in a variety of situations using a high level of communication skills.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Demonstrate your understanding of the transferable skills to enable autonomous practice and utilise problem solving and a sound evidence base to manage high quality care.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:

You will have the opportunity to be formatively assessed on your history taking skills, through simulation-based experience in preparation for your Observed Structured Clinical Examination. Peer feedback will be given to facilitate skills development.

Summative Assessment:

Summative assessment will be in the form of a two station Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (30 minutes duration).

Station 1. You will be assessed on your history taking and problem-solving skills based on one of four case histories reflecting your field of nursing (15 minutes).

Station 2. You will construct a treatment plan identifying ongoing nursing investigations and interventions to deliver high quality care.

Feedback will be facilitated using an assessment checklist.

(MLO’s 1,2,3,4).





Module abstract

Within this module you will gain the skills needed to develop as a future nurse who is able to effectively combine knowledge and skills to lead excellence in nursing. You will continue to have the opportunity to practice your skills in a simulated environment and be encouraged to continue peer assisted learning as you develop to an independent learner.You will enhance your assessment and communication skills through participating in history taking practice focusing on people of all ages in all settings. You will be encouraged to identify the evidence that underpins good practice, to further reflect on your own abilities and to develop increasing confidence and autonomy. Within the module you will demonstrate resilience, tenacity and emotional intelligence and be capable of explaining the rationale that influences your judgments and decisions in routine, complex and challenging situations.

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 2024 or September 2025

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