40 credits at level HE6
This module builds upon professional experience and aims to equip students with the principles that underpin the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.
The module recognises that the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse has a fundamental role as leader. It therefore draws on a range of contemporary issues that will enable students to lead effectively, by equipping them with the principles underpinning professional public health nursing for the 21st century.
An additional feature of this module is that it also incorporates a workshop based learning approach that aims to equip students with specific evidence based knowledge and skills required for effective practice.
Nurse prescribing will draw upon learning from other modules and will be supplemented by specific sessions in the periods designated for seminars and tutorials.
Reflective Practice, Continuing Professional Development & Portfolio Building
Topics identified as relevant to the contemporary Public Health Nursing agenda by students, practice teachers & lecturers
Principles for Public Health Practice
Professional role in terms of Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Ethical Principles in Practice
Anti-Discriminatory and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Rights & Advocacy
Assessing Risk In Complex Situations
Principles & Theory of Advanced Communication
Prioritising (including conflicting priorities & ambiguous situations)
Supervision & Appraisal
200 Hours of Practice Based Learning
This includes; Shadowing Practice Teachers and other Specialist Community Public Health Nurses who will be role modelling leadership within Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, working with other practitioners to gain experience, educational visits to other organisations, attending in-service training to increase knowledge, skills and competence and reflection upon practice on the achievement of learning outcomes through practice based experience. Within the practice setting the professional portfolio will be compiled, maintained and reviewed utilising reflective practice, modular learning outcomes, the Practice Assessment Schedule and learning contracts within the framework of personal development planning.
200 Hours of University Based Learning, Of Which:
70 Hours Classroom Sessions. This includes lectures, contributions from external specialists, case study analyses & problem solving. Class room sessions will utilise experiences to explore the knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning practice. Learning contracts and reflection will facilitate the linkage of college and practice based learning.
The remainder 140 hours to be used and shared flexibly between:
Workshop Based Learning approaches and Self Directed Study which includes preparation for assigned work and library time
Assessment will take the form of 5 pieces of course work
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Identify and apply a range of principles underpinning the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses||
a. Critically analyse and apply the principles underpinning the role of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing in relation to an identified aspect of practice
b. Demonstrate critical awareness of accountable practice
c. Display the ability to apply ethical and anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles to practice
|2.||Demonstrate critical awareness and use of higher levels of communication skills in both the practice and leadership of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing||
a. Reflect critically upon higher level communication skills in the practice and leadership of specialist community public health nursing
b. Demonstrate effective communication through use of proficient writing skills that map to the generic assessment criteria at level HE6
|3.||Understand and apply the skills required for leading Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice||Apply and evaluate the leadership skills relevant to an identified aspect of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice|
|4.||Demonstrate the ability to utilise effectively a variety of models & theories relevant to professional practice||Display ability to select and apply models and theories relevant to professional practice|
|5.||Demonstrate understanding of policies relevant to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing||Evaluate policies relevant to an identified aspect of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at global, national, professional and local levels|
|6.||Provide an account and reflective understanding of contemporary approaches to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice||Highlight examples of contemporary approaches to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice|
|7.||Demonstrate capacity to reflect critically upon personal performance in relation to leading Specialist Community Public Healh Nursing practice
a. Critically reflect upon the growing knowledge, skills and attitudes required for leading Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
b. Identify future learning needs and produce a personal development plan demonstrating how these needs will be met
|8.||Demonstrate competence in relation to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practice, including competence to practise as a nurse prescriber.
a. Display achievement of competence as defined by the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Assessment Schedule.
b..Utilise the evidence base to demonstrate knowledge of drugs available through the Nurse Prescriber’s Formulary for Community Practitioners (NPFCP).
c. Prescribe safely, appropriately, effectively and cost-effectively from the NPFCP.
d. Identify the cautions, contra-indications, side-effects, adverse reactions to and interactions between the items in the NPFCP
e. In the context of nurse prescribing, discuss the importance of effective communication and record keeping in relation to the roles of multi-disciplinary team members. For example, doctors, dentists and pharmacists
f. Explain the requirements of the legislation relevant to the practice of Nurse Prescribing;
g. Demonstrate accountability and professional responsibility in relation to Nurse Prescribing.
h. Be able to undertake an accurate history and assessment of a child, having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.
i. Be able to undertake relevant physical examinations competently, utilising clinical equipment/recording devices appropriate for children, verified as competent by an appropriate clinical assessor in practice.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Nurse Prescribing written examination||Development, maintenance & completion of a portfolio of learning||Dissertation (7,000 words)||Signed statement of practice proficiency|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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