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Undergraduate Course: Nursing Care and Decision Making (NUST08011)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will be taught over a twenty week period (ten weeks each semester) and will consist of the following content as applied to nursing care:
* Neurology
* Endocrinology
* Bones and joints
* Neoplasia
* CHD and Vascular disturbance
* Pharmacology
* Nutritional health
* CPR / Fire Safety / Manual Handling
* Related nursing care
* Revision week (student led)
* The development of skills to ensure safe, effective, compassionate and respectful communication when dealing with people.
* An introduction to team working through the student-mentorship relationship and learning through working with an experienced and competent practitioner

Each system will address the principles of normal biology, physiology and anatomy and introduce some basic principles of disease process and nursing priorities building where appropriate on knowledge acquired in year 1.

This course will build on the concepts of communicating with adults who are in vulnerable situations as introduced in year 1. The concept of the nurse┐s role in caring for the patient with a compromised homeostasis is explored in depth from the basis of developing a sound knowledge of the physiological norms and recognising when these are compromised and the physical, anatomical and psychological effect that this has upon the individual.

This course contributes to the spiral curriculum looking at the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the relation that this has on holistically nursing a patient with such disturbances. The foundations of knowledge about the physical workings of the human body are further developed in this course. Students are taught the physiological norms and then explore some deviation in these systems and how these might affect the individual and significant others.

This conforms to meeting the second level progression point of the NMC 2010 Standards for pre-registration adult nursing education. The course will also utilise e-learning and some lab based fora.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Nursing Life Sciences (NUST08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 40, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 4.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 270, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 38 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% class exam, 10% PowerPoint slides, 20% course paper and 50% final exam
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Learning Outcomes
Understand the concept of the biological, physiological and anatomical principles of the human body

Have an awareness of biological homeostatic mechanisms in relation to health

Be knowledgeable about the social determinants of health impacting on the individual, family and community concept of good physical health

Understand the general principles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy

Understand the nutritional requirements in health and disease with specific reference to patients undergoing surgery

Understand the pharmacology (mechanisms, actions, contra-indications and principal side effects) of the common drugs

Be aware of the basic disease principles which might affect the human body

Understand the role which health and social care practitioners have in promoting good physical health

Identify the important role which health and social care practitioners have in promoting individual, family and community enablement in maintaining their own health and wellbeing

Further develop nursing reflective skills
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Rosie Stenhouse
Tel: (0131 6)51 5160
Course secretaryMiss Kirsty Gardner
Tel: (0131 6)50 3889
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