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NPCG3140 Part 3 Placement 2 Preparation For RN Practice placement for PG Dip

Module Overview

This module is the final placement module that you will undertake. During your time in placement you will be supported to apply the knowledge and understanding that you have developed throughout your programme as you transition into your role as a Registered Nurse.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional conduct and values throughout the placement.
  • Practise independently, leading and coordinating care with confidence to demonstrate achievement of the proficiencies associated with part 3 of the Assessment of Practice Document
  • Demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to demonstrate competence in an Episode of Care related to your field of nursing (detailed in part 3 of the Practice Assessment Document).
  • Demonstrate achievement of the medicines management competencies outlined in part 3 of the Practice Assessment Document.
  • Completion of Practice Assessment Document for Part 3 of the programme. This must include achieving all of the communication /relationship management skills and nursing procedures contained within the skills passport.


The specific learning opportunities available within this placement will be determined by the field of nursing being studied and the nature of the practice setting. Student placement lines are designed to provide a breath of learning opportunities across the programme. There may be opportunities to care for individuals from other fields during this placement, the Placement Profile for the area that you are allocated to will indicate where this is possible. This module includes study sessions: Transition theory and managing the reality Self-awareness, coping and resilience Managing self and others Models of student supervision Preparation for practice supervisor role (clinical supervision, coaching, teaching and appraisal skills) Development of personal objectives for first RN post Accountability Risk assessment Reporting concerns and safeguarding responsibilities Preceptorship for the RN Regulation, CPD and revalidation Making safeguarding referrals in a multidisciplinary context Skills: simulation/co-ordinating a group of patients' care

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

During your practice experience you will learn by working alongside staff from the full multidisciplinary team. You will be supervised by registered nurses and other healthcare professionals before you are assessed by a named Practice Assessor. You will be expected to fully participate in direct care at a level appropriate to your stage of the programme and level of experience. During your practice experience you will be expected to reflect on what you have learnt and undertake independent learning to enhance your knowledge base and clinical practice. This may form the basis of a discussion of practice experiences/ specific case scenarios with academic staff, peers and/or your Personal Academic Tutor.

Placement Hours412.5
Total study time412.5

Resources & Reading list

Taylor, L (Ed) (2016). How to develop your healthcare career. 

Burton, R. & Ormrod, G. (2011). Nursing: Transition to Professional Practice (Prepare to Practice). 

Gopee, N & Galloway J (2013). Leadership and Management in Health care . 

Griffith, R & Tengnah C (2017). Law and professional issues in Nursing. 

Darvill, A., Stephens, M. & Leigh, J. (2018). Transition to Nursing Practice: from student to registered nurse. 

Peate, I (2016). The essential guide to becoming a staff nurse. 

Gopee, N. (2018). Supervision and Mentoring in Healthcare . 

Bottomley, J & Pryjmachuk, S  (2018). Critical Thinking skills for your nursing degree. 

Temple, J. (2012). Becoming a registered nurse: making the transition to Practice. 

Montgomery, J (2018). Health Care Law . 

Taylor, R & Webster-Henderson, B (2017). The essentials of nursing leadership. 

Elcock K. & Sharples, K (2011). Preceptorship for Newly Registered Nurses. 

McAllister, M & Lowe, J (2011). The Resilient Nurse: Empowering your practice. 

Smoker, A. (2016). Launching your career in Nursing and Midwifery. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice 100%


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:

Work experience and Placements

Students who meet the general eligibility criteria for a Learning Support Fund are entitled to have some of the additional costs of attending a practice placement as part of their course reimbursed to them during the academic year. Please visit the website for details:

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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