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NPCG3020 Foundations of Nursing Practice

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce you to the core values of the nursing profession, and begins to develop an understanding of the role of the nurse and the forms of knowledge which may underpin nursing practice. 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.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Please see the learning outcomes below.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically review the contribution which may be made by nurses in the delivery of contemporary health care.
  • Appraise whether you possess the values, attitudes and skills of reflection necessary to evaluate your nursing care through an understanding of the lived experience of service users.
  • Articulate key principles from the NMC Code such as public protection, confidentiality, maintaining safety and professional accountability and discuss how they may be applied in practice.
  • Begin to draw on a relevant body of knowledge, theory or research from the life and social sciences in order to provide a sound rationale for nursing practices.


Personal Development • Impact of becoming a nurse on self and identity. • The nature of attitudes, values and beliefs • Theories of stress and coping in relation to managing self • Reflective practice and developing self-awareness • Preparation for Master’s level study Nursing Practice • Introduction to nursing values, ‘good character’ and the 6 ‘C’s • Nursing as art, science and bricoleur activity • The evolving role of the nurses from different fields of practice • The political / policy context of healthcare delivery. • Introduction to the NMC Code (2008) and the Guidance on professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students (2009). • The place of models of nursing and the nursing process in nursing decision making • Introduction to healthcare associated infection and principles of infection prevention • Essentials of drug administration • Law and legal issues underpinning nursing practice • Developing trusting and therapeutic relationships and use of self within clear boundaries • Effective, compassionate and respectful communication (including when hearing, vision or speech is compromised) Sources of knowledge for practice • The persons’ lived experience of health, illness and receiving care • Types and sources of ‘evidence’ in health care • Introduction to ethical principles and theories. • Concepts of health and wellbeing and the nurse’s role in promoting health (‘making every contact count’) • Introduction to psychological theories relevant to health (Models of Health beliefs and behaviours) • Introduction to sociological theories relevant to health (e.g. sick role) • Life sciences o Levels of organisation of the body o Anatomical positions, directional and regional terms, cavities and membranes o Homeostasis o Structure and function of tissues and cells o Microbiology relevant to practice o Genetics, genetic variation and heredity o Specific systems (Respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, immune). • Preparation for learning from practice (Identifying role models; nurses’ responsibilities as an employee)

Special Features

Introduction to the library and literature searching skills

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which may include: • Lectures • Action Learning Groups • Guided independent reading • Independent reflection • Technology enhanced learning

Independent Study85
Total study time125

Resources & Reading list

Marieb EN and Hoehn K (2013). Human anatomy and physiology. 

Brocker J, Nicol M (eds (2011). Alexander’s Nursing Practice. 

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

Tee S, Brown and Carpenter D (2012). Handbook of Mental Health Nursing. 

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

Pilgrim D (2009). Key Concepts in Mental Health. 

Alderson P (2008). Young Children’s Rights: Exploring Beliefs, Principles and Practice. 

Fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing. ,1 , pp. 13-24.

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

Powell C (2011). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical Guide. 

Walker J, Payne S, Jarrett N and Ley T (2012). Psychology for nurses and the caring professions. 

Cottrell, S. (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. 

Bullock I, MacLeod-Clark J, Rycroft-Malone J (2012). Adult Nursing Practice: Using evidence in care. 

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

Kring AM, Davison GC, Neale JM, & Johnson SL (2012). Abnormal Psychology. 

Edwards S (2001). Philosophy of Nursing: An Introduction. 

Glasper EA, Richardson J (2006). A Textbook of Children and Young People’s Nursing. 

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

Raising and escalating concerns: Guidance for nurses and midwives.

Lee N (2001). Childhood and Society: Growing up in an age of uncertainty. 

Hall, C., Ritchie D (2009). What is Nursing? Exploring theory and practice. 

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

Francis R (2013). Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Executive Summary). 



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Analysis  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Analysis %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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