MH0717 - Principles of Innovative Nursing Practice in Mental Health Nursing

What will I learn on this module?

This module will consolidate the concepts and nursing interventions considered within the previous skills module in year one. You will develop an array of advanced nursing skills required for innovative practice within your chosen field of nursing, as you explore the care required and the impact this has upon those nursing interventions. You will continue to have the opportunity to practice such skills in a simulated clinical setting. You will bring your developed communication skills, as well as previous knowledge and experience, to learning advanced nursing interventions in support of your leadership and management placement and the requirements for being a new registrant.

These dynamic learning opportunities will help in gathering evidence and aid you in the completion of your professional portfolio, demonstrating that you are capable of independent practice and celebrating your achievements.

How will I learn on this module?

Throughout this module you will be engaged in a variety of learning and teaching approaches. The module will be delivered using a blend of web-based resources, and face-to-face in-class sessions underpinned by the ‘flipped classroom’ approach (Bergman & Sams, 2012). This approach will enable you to engage with technology enhanced learning, with the provision of links to web-based resources and other useful materials, along with a combination of pre-recorded lecture videos and interactive e-learning packages. Flipping the classroom enables you to engage in both directed and self-directed study outside of formal teaching sessions as preparatory work for facilitated skills-based sessions. Engagement with this activity is essential for your active participation in the facilitated sessions. These sessions will include individual work, group discussion and simulated practice, where you will be encouraged to develop a greater understanding of the complexity of innovative nursing practice.

During your time in university you will work with and learn from your peers and 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 care for people in a modern NHS. We work with a model of peer-learning (Learning Leaders) from previous cohorts who will share their experiences and advice.

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 ensure you are able to engage with the concept of safe nursing practice and physical and mental health assessment of people of all ages in line with the academic rigour of the module.

You will also be supported via the modules OSL systems to fully exploring this in-depth, within the more formal classroom arrangements.You will also learn together through peer support, engaging in skill rehearsal in preparation for your history taking Observed Structured Clinical Examination. You will also have access to digital educational resources to support your ongoing development of safe medicine management.

Contact with the module team is available in person, via telephone, email and the e-Learning portal. Support for your learning is also offered via a 24-hour IT Helpline, Student Support and Wellbeing Services, Skills Plus to support your academic work and the Ask4Help Service for other enquiries. These are all available online.
You will also support each other via peer support, engaging in practice, discussion and debate to enhance your learning. Additionally relevant materials, including the electronic reading list and other aids will be available via the eLearning portal/library services to enhance and support your learning. 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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

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. Demonstrate critical application of evidence based assessment and intervention based nursing skills

3. Demonstrate the ability to perform history taking skills in a simulated environment to aid the assessment process and ongoing delivery of care.

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

4. Critically consider the political, psychological, sexual, socio-cultural, legal and ethical issues relating to the application of nursing skills.

5. Demonstrate critical application of transferability of knowledge and skills within a context of inter- professional and inter- agency working.

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 (OSCE).Peer feedback will be given to facilitate skills development.
(MLO 1,2,3,5).

Summative Assessment: This will be in 2 parts, an unseen written examination ( 60 minutes duration) and a three station Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (40 minutes duration)..

Part 1: 30% weighting.
The exam will consist of 20 drug calculations. You must achieve 100% in your drug calculations, this will equate to 30% of the overall module mark. (MLO 3)

Part 2: 70% weighting.
Your Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessment will consist of three stations (40 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.(15 minutes).
Station 3 In discussion with the assessor you will demonstrate underpinning knowledge of pathophysiology and ongoing care considerations.(10 minutes)
The OSCE will be marked out of 100% and you will need to achieve a minimum pass mark of 50%. This will equate to 70% of the overall module mark.

Feedback will be facilitated using an assessment checklist
(MLO 1, 2, 3 4 & 5)





Module abstract

This module will consolidate the skills that you have developed in year one and you will be enabled to develop an array of advanced nursing skills. 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 into an independent learner. You will enhance your knowledge, abilities and values as you focus on the nursing skills required for contemporary and innovative nursing practice. 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.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2025

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