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NPCG1014 Foundations of Nursing Practice

Module Overview

This is the introductory module for all students undertaking Bachelor of Nursing programmes (all fields). It introduces them to nursing as well as introducing them to the BN programme, University and studying in Further Education.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To introduce you to the core values of the nursing profession, and begin to develop an understanding of the role of the nurse. You will begin to apply these principles to your developing role within your own field. As a consequence of this learning you will come to identify yourself as a developing professional nurse who is acquiring skills as a reflective and independent learner.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explore the attributes required to be a good nurse within your field of practice
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate self-awareness through reflection on your own personal core values, attitudes and assumptions
  • Identify appropriate forms of evidence which underpin health and social care practice
  • Outline the role of the nurse in promoting and maintaining health and well-being
  • Discuss the importance of communication skills in developing therapeutic relationships
  • Identify the legal, professional and ethical and patient safety issues which relate to the scope and boundaries of your practice as a student nurse


Professional Values • Introduction to values based practice • Developing self-awareness in relation to: o Your own values and attitudes o Your own health and wellbeing o Identifying your own emotional discomfort or ethical distress • Core values of nursing (‘Good character’; personal integrity; care and compassion, respect for dignity) • Managing self in relation to the challenges of delivering personal care • Principles of the NMC Code (2008) and the Guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students (2009). • Accountability and responsibility • Person centred care and the persons’ lived experience of health, illness and receiving care • Advocacy and empowerment • The role of the nurse in supporting and promoting the health and wellbeing of people, groups, communities and populations. • Introduction to ethical principles and theories. • Equality, diversity and human rights training • The evolving role of the nurse in a political / policy context. • Introduction to Personal Development Portfolio and personal development planning Research skills • Introducing concepts of evidence for practice • Identifying evidence that underpins practice Communication skills • Developing trusting and therapeutic relationships and use of self within clear boundaries to establish an effective working relationship • Effective, compassionate and respectful communication • Listening skills • Maximising effective communication where hearing, vision or speech is compromised • Managing conflict, conflict resolution and de-escalation • Professional communication and foundations of assertive communication Nursing Practice • Introduction to concepts of holism, person centred care and of physical, psychological and societal health and wellbeing • Anticipating personal care needs • Introduction to the role of the nurse in differing fields and contexts. • Principles of holistic nursing assessment and models of nursing • Patient safety • Introduction to healthcare associated infection and principles of infection prevention o Prevalence of healthcare associated infection o Modes of transmission of infection o Personal protective equipment • Essentials of drug administration (including drugs calculations) • Introduction to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults • Law and legal issues underpinning nursing practice o Consent and principles of mental capacity o Record keeping (including electronic) & data protection o Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults o Human rights act • Health and safety at work. o Legislation o In relation to Moving and Handling o Identifying and reporting risks in the workplace Leadership, management and team working • Followership and being a good follower • Nurses responsibilities as an employee • Collaboration and team working • Identifying role models • Theories of stress and coping in relation to managing self • Awareness of own support needs and the support systems which may meet them • Learning for practice, decision making and problem solving o Reflective practice, supervision and professional development. o Identifying and learning from effective role models. o Nursing process and problem solving cycles • Developing skills for independent learning (‘learning how to learn’) In order to explore the field specific elements and your role, case studies will be used in field specific seminar groups, building on the key themes within the learning outcomes.

Special Features

Study skills, library skills and drug administration are introduced and taught within the module although these components have their own separate leads and resources.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: • Lectures • Values Based Enquiry • Guided independent reading • Independent reflection • Technology enhanced learning Students will be encouraged to access current research to support their study.

Preparation for scheduled sessions52
Practical classes and workshops6
Completion of assessment task45
Follow-up work20
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Taylor B. J. (2010). Reflective Practice for Healthcare Professionals. 

Hall, C., Ritchie D (2011). What is Nursing? Exploring theory and practice. 

Raising and escalating concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives.

The code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives..

Brown, J. & Libberton, P. (Eds) (2007). Principles of Professional Studies in Nursing. 

Child, L. L., Coles, L. & Marjoram, B. (Eds) (2009). Essential Skills Clusters for Nurses: Theory for Practice. 

Cottrell, S. (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (1500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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