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Undergraduate Course: Community Nursing (NUST10002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course enables the student nurse to have greater knowledge and understanding about working within community health and social care teams whilst focusing on providing flexible holistic care. The student will gain confidence as they enhance and consolidate their theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and competencies.
Course description Students will analyse the socio- political context within which community nursing in Scotland is situated leading to an exploration of why community nursing is different and evolving? Students will critique the integrated health and social care agenda.

As part of the course students will consider the 5 dimensions (person (client/patient), team, organisation, me the person, me the role) in respect of caring in the community. This approach is to help understand the complexity of service organisation and delivery in the community and the work of the community nurse. The community nurse is considered mainly within the district nursing team, but considerations is also given to aspects of health visiting in the course

Students will debate developments in anticipatory care, long term conditions and enabling supporting self-care in addition to prevention (early years) for patients and clients.

An examination of change management reformed teams and multidisciplinary teams will occur with an emphasis on examining leadership in community nursing. Students will analyse the importance of communication and safe sharing of timely and accurate information in multidisciplinary teams in respect of service organisation and care delivery.

Consideration will be given to developments in safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.

For me the person we will examine supporting resilience of the nurse with an emphasis on (clinical) supervision and support when working in the community.

Students will engage in lecture/workshop format with the lecturer. Preparatory reading and activities will be required for each teaching session. Students need to engage in reflection, class debate and discussion.

During the placement students will reflect on their work and seek feedback from the mentors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Healthy Communities 1 (NUST08016) AND Nursing Life Sciences (NUST08014) AND Evidence and Research: Avenues of Inquiry (NUST08013) AND Professionalism 1 (Introduction to Professionalism) (NUST08012) AND Healthy Communities 2 (NUST08015) AND Nursing Care and Decision Making (NUST08011) AND Evidence and Research: Approaches to Design and Methods (NUST08009) AND Mental Health and Wellbeing (NUST08010) AND
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative:
In the University: In the first week the nursing students will write a short (max 500 words) reflective piece on their overall experience of community in year 1 and year 2 and their goals for the honours option and share that with the lecturer and peers (fellow students).

For nursing students with a placement (community or otherwise): The student will carry out and record an assessment (feedback from placement mentor - formative) and I will receive feedback and act upon it appropriately. Continuous - mentor feedback.

Course paper 100%. 4-4500 words excluding references.
A choice of course paper topic is to be offered to accommodate the variety of contexts associated with the placements. The course paper will allow students to integrate the theory and practice learning experience. The course paper will be a critical appraisals of practice in respect of the learning outcomes to encourage the students to understand the cross overs and explain their practice with reference to theory and vice versa.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critique the challenges and complexity of nursing in the community settings and consider the implications across the 5 dimensions (person, team, organisation, me the person, me the role).
  2. Evaluate models of community nursing informed by the ever changing political and social context of care (organisation, me the role)
  3. Critique strategies to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate care and support in partnership with people in community settings (5 dimensions)
  4. Evaluate the challenges for nurses and patients to participate fully in community health and social care team working (me the role, me the person)
  5. Debate the strengths and limitations of leadership in community nursing (team, me the role, me the person)
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be taught in accordance with the pattern for honours option delivery in nursing studies. Currently this is 4 hours of lecture/workshop/clinical skills per week over 5 weeks. Any clinical skills sessions will take place within the 20 contact hours. The students undertake a placement relating to the honours option and this is intended to be in the community nursing setting with the district nurse or health visitor. Where this is not possible an alternative placement will be offered with a focus on meeting the learning outcomes.
Keywordscommunity nursing,service organisation and delivery,integrated care agenda,teamwork
Course organiserDr Elaine Haycock-Stuart
Tel: (0131 6)50 8442
Course secretaryMiss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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