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NPCG1017 Principles of Nursing Practice

Module Overview

This module will enable you to adopt an enquiring approach to the assessment and delivery of safe and effective research-led, evidence and values based practice. Building on the learning achieved in Foundations of Nursing Practice and your first practice experience, you will explore the assessment and identification of the immediate and essential care needs of all.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

See the Learning Outcomes below.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply research evidence to nursing care in relation to your field of practice.
  • Demonstrate a holistic and structured approach to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for people in your own field of practice.
  • Begin to identify the immediate and essential care needs of people across the age continuum
  • Recognise that people may have co-existing physical, psychological and socio-economic needs which will impact on their health and wellbeing


Professional Values Application of evidence to practice in all fields Identifying and engaging with ethical issues arising from practice Nursing as a therapeutic intervention Structured reflection and clinical supervision Communication • Identifying health education needs • Concepts of self care, lay and professional care • Therapeutic use of self and therapeutic presence • Relationship building • Understanding the lived experience of service users Nursing Practice • Identifying and anticipating health needs across the age continuum • Meeting essential mental and physical health needs which are specific to: Children People with Learning disability People with Mental health difficulties Adults Maternal health needs Older people Developing nursing assessment skills Legal and ethical frameworks for drug administration, prescribing and medicines management Utilising problem solving approaches to assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care needs. Preventing infection in healthcare settings Epidemiology and monitoring of associated healthcare infection Assessing, identifying, managing and reducing risk Clinical risk assessment (e.g. falls; pressure ulcer development) Meeting essential care needs in relation to: Cognitive impairment Psychological wellbeing Bladder and bowel disorders: continence management Nutrition (screening and assessment; promoting healthy eating) Fluid and hydration Introduction to assessing and managing pain Skin health: Pressure ulcers, tissue injury and repair Essential nursing skills ( injection technique; aseptic technique) Influence of genetics and genomics to health Leadership, management and team working • Health service organisation, structure and policy • Principles of clinical governance and clinical effectiveness • Responding to feedback and complaints • Legal issues and considerations • Assessing and managing risk to self and others • Patient safety. (medical devices; recognising and reporting unsafe situations / incidents) • Influence of local, national and international guidelines

Special Features

Library skills - Advanced search techniques for finding the best evidence Research themes - Core content introduced in this module will reflect key research themes in the Faculty and material will be delivered by active researchers.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies within generic and field specific groups which will include: Technology enhanced learning (online guided learning) Lectures Values-Based Enquiry Small group work and discussion /exercises Guided independent reading Independent reflection During this module your work will be increasingly self directed, and much of the learning will be based upon the use of online resources.

Independent Study113
Completion of assessment task37
Practical classes and workshops6
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Glasper E.A., Aylott M. & Battrick C. (Eds) (2009). Developing practical skills for nursing children and young people. 

Dougherty, L. and Lister, S. (eds) (2008). The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures. 

Barker P. (2004). Assessment in psychiatric and mental health nursing: in search of the whole person. 

Skolnik N.S. (2007). Essentials of Global Health (Essential Public Health). 

Gates B. & Atherton H. (2007). Learning disabilities: towards inclusion. 

Essence of Care.



Word Statement


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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