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.
This module contains a defined strand of 60 hours learning which relate to the life sciences, pharmacology and principles of medicines management that underpin nursing care
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically discuss the nursing process as a framework that nurses use to meet peoples fundamental care needs.
- Identify, critique and apply the evidence base and rationale for the delivery of fundamental care
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the principles of safe and effective management and administration of medicines by nurses
- Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of normal physiology and key pathophysiological processes
- Explore the rationale for the common approaches that nurses may use to assess fundamental care needs and monitor peoples' health status
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
Fundamental physical assessment skills
Fundamentals of physical care delivery
Foundation communication skills
Mental Health First Aid
Communication with children and young people
Communication with people with frailty and cognitive impairment
Physical First Aid
Orientation of the human body
Structure and function of cells and tissues
Overview of body systems
The stress response
Introduction to key pathophysiological processes
Microbiology related to nursing practice
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, Seminars, directed independent study.
|Practical classes and workshops||27|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||60|
|Guided independent study||60|
|Total study time||250|
Resources & Reading list
Norman I and Ryrie I (2018). The art and science of mental health nursing principles and practice. London: McGraw-Hill 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.
Bullock I, Macleod Clark J, Rycroft-Malone J (2012). Adult Nursing Practice: Using Evidence in Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sellman D, Snelling P (2010). Becoming a nurse : a textbook for professional practice. Harlow: Pearson.
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.
The module is assessed through a written assignment.
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