60 Credits NHS YEAR

Pre-requisites: BBB or equivalent

Aims/Description: This Unit will lay the foundation level knowledge, skills and the professional attributes and values required for contemporary nursing practice. It offers students a broad and applied introduction to the study of nursing through the lifespan and its practice within contemporary health and social care. Students will explore the wider aspects of health and illness and issues which impact upon them. Students will learn skills of access, retrieval and begin to engage with the evidence base for nursing practice and engage and reflect on its application through supervised practice within a multi-disciplinary team context. Students will be introduced to work with people from different fields of practice: mental health, learning disability, mother and child, adult and child fields of nursing in the context of adult nursing.

Staff Contact: FOX ANDREA M
Teaching Methods: Teaching methods for this unit will centre on lectures (LO1-4), seminars (LO1-5), tutorials (LO1-5) and guided study including the use of digital resources (LO 1-4) as students are introduced to and develop an understanding of the concepts of nursing. Seminars will include clinical skills teaching and simulation (LO 1,2,4,5). Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) will be used to facilitate learning from experienced students to enable students in unit 1 to develop confidence during their transition period into higher education and clinical environments, supporting the development of professional behaviours and attitudes (LO 1-4). Teaching will provide students with succinct introductions to the rationale, best evidence and core skills and knowledge required for contemporary nursing practice in a multi-cultural, multi-professional and dynamic health care environment and begin to develop those skills and attributes of a reflective practitioner. This unit will include clinical experts to facilitate the sessions, as well as experienced lecturers from the University, to ensure that the learning remains fresh, accurate and is directly applied to the student's clinical practice. 450 hours of this unit will be spent on a base placement in practice. 375 hours will be spent on a placement area which will provide students with the opportunity to start applying theory to practice (LO 1-5). They will be supported by practice supervisors in both base and alternative placement areas and a...
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK