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Undergraduate Course: Adult Endocrinology (NUST10035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaNursing Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe proposed new honours option looks specifically at patients with endocrine conditions and examines the role of the nurse in caring for these patients. Although endocrine conditions are not common, apart from diabetes mellitus (not covered in this option) and thyroid disorders the wide ranging effects of endocrine dysfunction and the fact that endocrine disease can affect every system in the body make it important that all nurses have at least a general understanding of this field.

The proposed honours option will be taught in ten sessions of two hours in length over a ten week period. This format allows time for the introduction of theoretical content and subsequent discussion and debate about the relationship between theory, policy and nursing care. Visiting lecturers will be invited to share their knowledge and clinical expertise. The course will use formal lectures, group work, discussion, multimedia presentations, practical sessions for clinical skills teaching, reflection and workshop type sessions to explore this complex and challenging topic.

The course will address concepts such as quality of life and compliance and concordance, discussing these concepts in terms of real life issues encountered by endocrine patients. The role of the specialist endocrine nurse versus that of the general nurse will be examined and nursing care of these patients discussed. The importance of good communication will be highlighted and the role of patient support groups explored, again with direct reference to endocrine patients.

Throughout the course, attention will be given to the links between theory, policy and practice. Each topic will be explored in detail using a variety of learning and teaching styles in order to promote understanding of the theory and facilitate students' exploration of the relationship between theory, policy and practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only available to Nursing students
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly available to CPD students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  15
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 19/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
o To demonstrate a clear understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system and how it is regulated
o To develop an understanding of the complexity of various endocrine conditions and the impact these can have on a patient and their family
o To develop an awareness of the importance of patient education and support and the vital role nurses can play
o To develop critical thinking in the evaluation of nursing practice
o To develop a critical understanding of concepts such as quality of life and be familiar with validated assessment tools used in endocrinology
o To engage with and be able to critique studies looking at different treatment options for specific endocrine conditions
o To critically examine concepts such as compliance, concordance and understand how this can impact on a patient's willingness to take their medications
o To develop an understanding of the role of patient support groups
o To consider ways in which patient support groups can provide additional help to patients out-with the remit of the health professions and the tensions that can result
o To explore the importance of communication skills between health care professionals and patients
o To critically explore the difference levels and types of support needed by patients with acute versus chronic conditions
o To demonstrate understanding of the challenges faced by nurses and the skills required when discussing sensitive topics
o To develop a critical awareness of the role of the specialist nurse by charting the evolution of the endocrine specialist nurse in the UK
o To critically examine the role and remit of nurse-led clinics
Assessment Information
The formal assessment of this honours option will be by a three hour exam.
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Course organiserMs Maggie Carson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3928
Course secretaryMiss Kirsty Gardner
Tel: (0131 6)50 3889
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