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HLTH6152 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner pathways)

Module Overview

This module forms the 'capstone' of the taught component of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner journey. Students are able to explore in depth the meaning of Advanced Practice and its associated concepts (such as specialist practice and expert practice) and explore the theory practice links between the extensive literature debating these concepts and their own professional role. The module also enables students to be formally assessed in practice, demonstrating the competencies required of an advanced nurse practitioner/advanced practitioner, undertaking an assessment in practice process which is based on the benchmark statements published by the Department of Health (2010). This takes the form of both continuous assessment in practice via a mentor whom you identify, and a tripartite assessment between the mentor, a University assessor and yourself which takes place at the end of the module.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

and expert practice) and explore the theory practice links between the extensive literature debating these concepts and their own professional role. The module also enables students to be formally assessed in practice, demonstrating the competencies required of an advanced nurse practitioner/advanced practitioner, undertaking an assessment in practice process which is based on the benchmark statements published by the Department of Health (2010). This takes the form of both continuous assessment in practice via a mentor whom you identify, and a tripartite assessment between the mentor, a University assessor and yourself which takes place at the end of the module.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your role transition towards advanced practice through personal, professional and academic development.
  • Demonstrate the integration of best evidence when undertaking health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, decision making, therapeutic intervention and evaluation within the context of advanced clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership, collaboration and risk management in contexts that are challenging, complex and /or unpredictable.
  • Critically evaluate the contribution of your profession, and underpinning health and social policy, to the health of the specified client group.
  • Demonstrate advanced interpersonal skills including those of negotiation, referral, consultation, case presentation, mentorship and education.
  • Critically evaluate how your advanced practice role can improve health outcomes.
  • Critically analyse the contribution of research and EBP in health/social care.

Syllabus

This module has been specifically designed to enable integration of the learning and personal/professional development that occurs during study of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice. The module content is designed to allow you to critically explore and debate both national and international perspectives on advanced clinical practice, and their underpinning evidence base. It recognises that there are a multitude of different definitions and conceptualisations of advanced practice, ranging from those that are focused on very specific practitioner roles through to those that are much broader articulations of practice at a senior or expert level. It also recognises that there are marked regional, national and international variations in how advanced practice roles are articulated and enacted, as well as variations across the different healthcare professions. However it also recognises that as an advanced practitioner student, often working at the interface between their own profession and medicine, you need to demonstrate clinical competencies regarding a number of aspects of your role, with a high level of professional autonomy. The module will thus enable you to explore and identify what advanced practice means within the context of your own professional practice role, enable you to demonstrate the clinical competencies required for this role, and equip you to further develop your advanced clinical practice beyond the end of the module. Core content will include: • Analysis of the concept and scope of advanced practice, and its interface with accountability, clinical governance, autonomy, specialist practice and expert practice. • Integration of communication and assessment skills, decision making, management and speciality specific knowledge and skills acquired during the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme. • Role transition and professional identity in advanced practice • Legal and ethical issues underpinning advanced/autonomous practice • Leadership within advanced practice • Advanced practitioner roles in the context of the multi-disciplinary/multi agency team. • UK and international health and social care policy in relation to advanced practice.

Special Features

During this module you will be supported by many professionals, but the key people will be your Pathway Leader / academic tutor and mentor(s) in clinical practice. On some occasions a mentor from your own profession will be deemed sufficient. On other occasions you will be required to have a mentor from a different profession (this will often be a medical mentor) and in this instance you will also need the support of a second mentor from your own profession to enable you to contextualise your learning and role transition in the context of your own professional role. Your pathway leader concern that your professional code of conduct is not of the expected standard. * Academic Integrity describes acting with honesty and responsibility in one’s own Academic Work, i.e. work undertaken for formative and summative assessments (this includes written work, placement assessment and non-written work, e.g. presentations). Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (v) Presentation to group (formative) 1 0 Portfolio - 2500 word Clinical Reflective Report with supporting evidence 1 50% Yes Practice Based Clinical Assessment 1 50% Yes Continuous Assessment of Practice Document 1 Pass/Fail Yes Feedback Method Explain how students will receive feedback on each assessment Presentation Written feedback emailed to student in time for it to be included in the portfolio Portfolio Summative written feedback Practice Based Clinical Assessment Immediate verbal feedback followed by written feedback Continuous Assessment of Practice Document Feedback with portfolio feedback. Referral Method Include duration of exams, whether the assessment is formative or summative and whether there are any elements that must be passed for successful completion of the module. Number % contribution to final mark Presentation to group (formative) 1 0 Portfolio - 2500 word Clinical Reflective Report with supporting evidence - must be passed 1 50% Yes Practice Based Clinical Assessment - must be passed 1 50% Yes Continuous Assessment of Practice Document - must be passed 1 Pass/Fail Yes Method of repeat year: indicate whether a module can be repeated externally, or if it is only possible to repeat internally by deleting those not applicable Repeat year externally Repeat year internally Special Features of Module ________________________________________ During this module you will be supported by many professionals, but the key people will be your Pathway Leader / academic tutor and mentor(s) in clinical practice. On some occasions a mentor from your own profession will be deemed sufficient. On other occasions you will be required to have a mentor from a different profession (this will often be a medical mentor) and in this instance you will also need the support of a second mentor from your own profession to enable you to contextualise your learning and role transition in the context of your own professional role. Your pathway leader will guide you regarding mentorship requirements depending on the pathway you are studying; usually within these pathways mentorship will be discussed from the outset of your programme and established well ahead of module commencement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods are underpinned by constructivist theory. Students will use their experience and construct knowledge in order to achieve the learning outcomes. Although lectures by experts within the field of advanced practice will form a central component of the module, the greater emphasis will be on student centred debate and critical appraisal. This will enable you to fully explore the meaning of advanced practice within the context of your own professional role and future career development. Teaching and learning methods are likely to include several of the following: • Seminars • Action learning sets • Case presentations • Lectures • Critique of published papers and policies • Group debate/critical discussion. • Self -directed learning. • Where appropriate the teaching and supervision of advanced clinical skills Key contributors to the module include active researchers and advanced/consultant practitioners as well as experts in the field of advanced clinical practice.

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Wider reading or practice72
Follow-up work18
Completion of assessment task100
Seminar10
Lecture12
Tutorial20
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Department of Health (2010). Advanced Level Nursing: a position statement. 

Advanced Practice for Therapy Radiographers: A Discussion Paper. ,14 , pp. 21-34.

Review of Advanced Nursing Practice: The International Literature and Developing the Generic Features. ,16 , pp. 28-37.

Framework for Advanced Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Practice in Wales, NHS Wales,.

Hinchcliff S, Rogers R (2008). Competencies for Advanced Nursing Practice. 

Portfolios and the assessment of competence in nursing: a literature review.. ,44 , pp. 143-151.

Benner, P. (1984). From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Practice. 

Schober, M. and Affara, F. (2006). International Council of Nurses: Advanced Nursing Practice. 

Role Development and Effective Practice in Specialist and Advanced Practice Roles in Acute Hospital Settings: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.. ,49 , pp. 191-209.

Advanced practice in Nursing and Allied Health Professions..

International Council of Nurses (2008). The Scope of Practice, Standards and Competencies of the Advanced Practice Nurse. 

Advanced Midwifery Practice or Advancing Midwifery Practice. ,23 , pp. 117-120.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners: An RCN Guide to the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Role, Competencies and Programme Accreditation.

Assessment

Formative

Presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (2500 words) 50%
Practice Based Clinical Assessment 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment of Practice Document %
Portfolio 50%
Practice Based Clinical Assessment 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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