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HLTH6135 Decision Making for Advanced Clinical Practice (Neonatal)

Module Overview

This module will increase your knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in clinical decision making which places patients and service users at the centre of care.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To enable you to develop and enhance your scope of clinical practice whilst also advancing your abilities to make effective clinical decisions. Your practice will be developed further by the ability to make judgements in light of evidence, autonomously and collaboratively, and by recognising, interpreting and evaluating cues.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the assessment, judgement and decision making processes used in your practice.
  • Make decisions that are underpinned and informed by sound clinical judgements and an ethical stance.
  • Make decisions that are underpinned and informed by sound clinical judgements and an ethical stance.
  • Offer an explanation of the rational and non-rational processes used by you and others when making a clinical decision
  • Justify your clinical decisions, by drawing upon theoretical principles and your practical experience.
  • Evaluate decisions in light of their health outcomes, considering the patient / service user and family/ carer perspective

Syllabus

Module content will include both general decision making concepts and specialist components, which you will be able apply to your area of practice. Topics will be targeted to your interest and practice development. Module content: • Introduction to assessment, judgement and decision-making in advanced practice • Assessment, evaluation, measurement and use of types of data • Theoretical approaches to decision-making in practice • Judgement: personal and social influences on judgement, developing judgement skill and ability, articulating reasoning processes • Ethical considerations: different ethical perspectives and frameworks • Probability, risk and dealing with uncertainty • Decision analysis in practice • Decision making support including use of technology enhanced learning • Interventions: assessing and critiquing the research evidence of particular types of intervention • Health outcomes: methods of evaluating outcomes including patient reported outcomes • The influence of policy and best practice guidance, professional codes and employer requirements, identifying tensions and conflict • Collaborative decision making, working with patients, service users, families and carers, advocacy and legal frameworks

Special Features

It is proposed that a minimum of 25% of the contact time will be shared with other MSc students undertaking similar clinical pathways. It is anticipated that this collaborative learning will promote the sharing of experiences and best practice. For the remaining contact time you will be in your own specialist learning set focussing on your own specialist area of clinical practice. Key messages from the module are reinforced in a highly interactive, day-long ‘master class’ with leaders in the field and clinical experts. This is a unique opportunity to be challenged and stimulated to think differently about the role decision making plays in every day practice situations.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

As an experienced clinician you will work with others and independently to achieve your goals. You can expect to participate in interactive lectures, help sessions, group discussions, and to use a range of technology enhanced and virtual learning approaches. A masterclass shared with other modules introduces you to international leaders, researchers and contemporary theories in the field of decision making. You will participate in debating hypothetical case scenarios, student-led seminars and self-directed learning. Information technology will be utilised where appropriate and you will be directed to web sites of relevance and interest. Specialist lecturers from differing professional/academic backgrounds and experts by experience will contribute to the module to ensure you experience a variety of perspectives.

TypeHours
Tutorial20
Follow-up work46
Seminar4
Wider reading or practice100
Lecture10
Completion of assessment task50
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Beauchamp, T.L., and Childress, J.F. (2008). Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 

Benner P. Tanner CA. and Chesla CA. (2009). Expertise in nursing practice: Caring, clinical judgement, and ethics.. 

Howatson-Jones L (eds) (2010). Reflective Practice in Nursing (Transforming Nursing Practice). 

Thompson C. and Dowding D. (2009). Essential Clinical decision making and clinical judgements for nurses. 

Higgs J.,Jones M., Loftus S and Christensen N. (eds) (2008). Clinical reasoning in the health professions. 

Standing M (2011). Clinical Judgement and Decision Making for Nursing Students (Transforming Nursing Practice).. 

Alfaro-Lefevre R. (2012). Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach. 

Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking Fast and Slow. 

A review of clinical decision making: models and current research. ,Volume 17 , pp. 187–195.

Kleinpell RM. (2009). Outcome assessment in advanced practice nursing. 

Sque M, Chipulu M, and McGonigle, D. (2009). Clinical decision making. In, Hall M, Noble A and Smith S (eds.) A Foundation for Neonatal Care: a Multi-disciplinary Guide. 

Strauss SE, Glaziou PP, Richardson SW, Haynes RB (2010). Evidence based medicine: how to practice and teach it.. 

Assessment

Formative

Peer Presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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