This module will introduce you to the fundamental aspects of nursing care. You will consider how to provide a person-centred approach to care that meets the needs of the service user using a systematic approach. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of assessing health status and gain an understanding of strategies to meet the fundamental physical and mental health needs of people across the age continuum. You will begin to develop effective communication approaches with people across the life span.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Identify principles and concepts that underpin effective communication and relationship management skills for nursing practice
- Explain common approaches that nurses may use to assess fundamental care needs and monitor peoples' health status
- Describe the nursing process as a framework that nurses use to meet peoples fundamental care needs.
- Begin to collect evidence from authoritative sources which provide the evidence base and rationale for the delivery of fundamental care
The outline syllabus is linked with the learning outcomes and will introduce you to the fundamental aspects of care:
- Introduction to thinking critically and the importance of evidence led practice.
- Introduction to the range of people's care needs that nurses respond to, including the interaction between physical and mental health
- Introducing and developing communication and relationship management skills within nursing
- Introduction to how nurses assess, plan and deliver care to meet fundamental care needs (for example; dignity, safety, comfort, infection prevention, skin integrity, nutrition, hydration, elimination, mobility, hygiene, oral care)
- Coping with challenging situations in nursing practice (e.g. death and dying; raising concerns; violence and aggression).
- Developing awareness of the diversity of the people who nurses may care for
- Introduction to medicines management: principles of safe and effective administration of medicines by nurses; legal / professional frameworks that support medicines management
Clinical Skills sessions:
Fundamental physical assessment skills
Fundamentals of physical care delivery
Physical First Aid
Mental Health First Aid (to include responding to distress; anxiety and aggression)
Foundation communication skills
Communication skills with children and young people
Communication with people with frailty and cognitive impairment
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module is taught using a variety of learning and teaching approaches which may include:
Small group teaching
Guided independent study and online learning
|Guided independent study||68.5|
|Practical classes and workshops||27|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Cowen M,Maier P, Price G, (2009). Study Skills for Nursing and Healthcare Students. Harlow: Pearson Education.
Doughty L, Lister S and West-Oram A (2015). The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Norman I & Ryrie I (2018). The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing. London: Open University Press.
Glasper EA, Aylott M and Battrick C (2010). Developing practical skills for nursing children and young people. London: Hodder Arnold.
Macqueen S Bruce EA and Gibson F (2012). The Great Ormonde Street Hospital manual of children’s nursing practices.. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Healy D (2016). Psychiatric drugs explained. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Elsevier Health Sciences.
McFadden R (2014). Introducing Pharmacology for nursing and healthcare. Abingdon: Routlege.
Bullock I, Macleod Clark J, Rycroft-Malone J (2012). Adult Nursing Practice: Using Evidence in Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sellman D, Snelling P (2017). Becoming a nurse : a textbook for professional practice. Harlow: Pearson.
This assessment will enable you to begin to develop you academic writing skills and the use of research to support the development of your discussion. These are important skills to enabling you to think about how evidence can be used to influence the delivery of high quality care.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Presentation
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: External