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NPCG3136 Fundamental Aspects of Care for GEN

Module Overview

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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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.
  • Explore the rationale for the common approaches that nurses may use to assess fundamental care needs and monitor peoples' health status
  • 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


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 Skills: Fundamental physical assessment skills Vital Signs 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 Aseptic technique Injection technique Physical First Aid Life Sciences Orientation of the human body Structure and function of cells and tissues Overview of body systems The stress response Introduction to key pathophysiological processes Clinical pharmacology Genomics Microbiology related to nursing practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Seminars, directed independent study.

Preparation for scheduled sessions60
Clinical Practice13
Guided independent study60
Practical classes and workshops27
Assessment tasks50
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Cowen M,Maier P, Price G (2009). Study Skills for Nursing and Healthcare Students. 

Norman I and Ryrie I (2018). The art and science of mental health nursing principles and practice. 

Sellman D, Snelling P (2010). Becoming a nurse : a textbook for professional practice. 

Doughty L, Lister S and West-Oram A (2015). The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures. 

Bullock I, Macleod Clark J, Rycroft-Malone J (2012). Adult Nursing Practice: Using Evidence in Care. 

Macqueen S Bruce EA and Gibson F (2012). The Great Ormonde Street Hospital manual of children’s nursing practices.. 

Essence of care 2010.

Glasper EA, Aylott M and Battrick C (2010). Developing practical skills for nursing children and young people.. 


Assessment Strategy

The module is assessed through a written assignment (75% contribution to module mark) and an MCQ exam (25% contribution to module mark). The pass mark for the module overall is 50%


Coursework Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 25%
Written assessment 75%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


No additional costs associated with this module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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