What will I learn?
You'll need to study the core module plus two or more optional modules depending on how many credits your existing HE Diploma is worth.
Research and Evidence-based Practice
The core module of this course aims to help you find and appraise evidence that you can implement in day-to-day practice. With this in mind, you'll learn how to conduct a literature search and be able to retrieve evidence. You'll also discover how to evaluate different types of evidence and research, and apply this evidence in daily practice. Ultimately, what you learn will help you enhance care for your patients or clients.
- Searching and locating evidence
- Research process
- Critical appraisal of both quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Evaluating evidence
- Types of evidence being utilised in clinical and social care environments
- Development and implementation of evidence to inform and enhance patient/client care
Today more than ever, infection control is an essential part of nursing practice. Through this module, you'll discover how to evaluate, analyse and apply infection control practices to a range of clinical situations. You'll learn how to apply knowledge of microbiology to prevent infection, as well as applying basic concepts of immunology. You'll also analyse a selection of current infection control interventions.
- Microbiology: bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, transmission routes
- Resistance to infection: immunity and development
- Infection control and nursing practice: evidence-based aspects of infection control
- Epidemiology: appraisal and analysis of epidemiological data; risk management; management of infection control strategies based on evidence-based procedures and policies
Assessment and Decision-Making in Nursing
The ability to make fast, accurate assessments and clear decisions is something that's invaluable in the nursing profession. This module will provide you with effective tools and strategies that are highly relevant to all areas of nursing practice. At the end of this module, you'll be able to confidently apply decision-making theories to your everyday nursing care role.
- Needs assessment
- Action planning
- Evaluating tools
- Clinical reasoning
- Cognitive and intuitive decision making
- Information technology
What you learn in this module will prepare you to be an effective clinical supervisor. Once you have completed the module, you'll be able to choose an appropriate supervision model for your clinical practice - and give your reasons. By examining the political, professional and economic context of clinical supervision, and critically evaluating the range of models available, you'll gain a deep understanding of the supervisory process.
- Context: political, professional, economic
- Pros and cons
- History, including social work, midwifery and psychiatric nursing
- Risk management issues
- Current research
- Definitions, including confidentiality and what clinical supervision is not
- SWOT analysis of different models
- Reflective model, self awareness, accountability
- Role play
- Personal development of supervisor and supervisee
- Expectations, ground rules, contracts, staging and time limiting, troubleshooting, providing feedback, and portfolio development
Reflective Practice Development
The ability to understand your own thoughts and actions, to learn from this, and to then use this knowledge to impact upon future behaviour in the workplace is an important skill for any practitioner. In this module, you will learn about different tools of reflection, enabling you to use them to develop your reflective practice skills. You will firstly learn the principles of reflective practice, before beginning to apply these skills within your area of work. The reflective process will help you to become a more self-aware critical thinker, which is essential for your development as a professional graduate.
- Uses of reflection
- Identification of specific learning needs
- Comparing learning preferences and styles and application
- Development of self-awareness and critical evaluation
- Comparing reflection as an individual and in groups to affect change
- Development of a learning portfolio and reflective writing
- Choosing an appropriate reflective framework for reflection on practice
- Consideration of new ways of thinking, learning and improving practice
- Applying reflection to the work/clinical situation (reflective practice)
- Professional reflection as a lifelong process
Innovation and Change
In today's nursing profession, it's especially important to understand and manage the process of change. What you learn in this module will help you to do this. In addition to relating health care innovations to political, economic, social and technological social trends, you'll learn to critically analyse the concept of change management. Ultimately, you'll be able to develop strategies for implementing, monitoring and evaluating change.
- Change theory
- Strategies for change
- Models of change
- Change agents
- Managing change process
Moral and Ethical Issues in Health Care
From the moment you enter professional practice as a nurse, you are bound by strict standards of professional conduct. The module will provide you with the opportunity to examine the application of fundamental moral theories and principles to ethical issues in health care provision, and will help you to extend your knowledge of the law as it applies to major ethical issues in health care.
- Identification of issues of an ethical, legal and professional nature in health care
- Ethical theories, principles and ethical decision-making models. Bioethical framework; Deontology; Utilitarianism; Capacity; Autonomy; Advocacy; Protection; Informed consent; Accountability
- Thical, legal and professional aspects of: human rights, dignity and patient/client care
- Complex ethical issues relevant to practice area e.g. abortion, reproductive issues, euthanasia, ethical issues in suicide and parasuicide, organ transplantation
- Relevant statute, case law and legal concepts such as capacity/incapacity, informed consent and rights are addressed within discussion of the above issues.