Undergraduate Course: Professionalism 2 (Professionals in health care - team working) (NUST08008)
|School of Health in Social Science
|College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
|Not available to visiting students
|In the light of the need for high quality and safe care this course considers the organisational context in which professional nursing takes place. The course content focuses on the importance of teamwork and communication for effective care and addresses the use of protocols and standardised working practices which ensure safe practice. Record keeping, audit and the use of information technology (IT) in health care are also looked at to consider the part which they play in achieving high quality care and enhancing patient safety.
Professionalism in nursing encompasses the importance of competent, safe, high quality, evidence-based care which prioritises patient safety and dignity and safeguards the public. This course builds on Professionalism 1 (Introduction to Professionalism) and considers the organisational context in which professional nursing takes place, focusing on the importance of teamwork and communication for effective care, the use of protocols and standardised working practices which ensure safe practice and on record keeping and the use of information technology (IT) in health care. It also addresses multi-disciplinary working with other professions.
The course provides an understanding of professionalism focusing on legal, ethical, clinical, digital and social competence and an understanding of how communication, record keeping and confidentiality underpin safe and effective practice. A particular emphasis of this course is on developing knowledge and skills in relation to communication and interpersonal skills for teamwork and developing appreciation of the role of leadership and management.
Teaching and learning includes lectures and interactive seminars. A key driver of this course is for students to reflect upon their own experiences of professional practice and patient care in the light of the research evidence and theory discussed in the course. Practice based learning takes place under the supervision of a registered mentor in both the community and surgical ward settings.
Assessments comprise a formative assessment part way through the course, and a summative assessment at the end. For the summative assessment, students can choose between a course paper or an exam.
Course content includes:
Leadership and team working
Group dynamics in the workplace
Risk, patient safety and accountability.
Ethical and legal issues.
Professional roles and responsibilities.
Information technology in healthcare and digital professionalism Professionalism and stress
Protocols and standardised working practices
Professionalism and care planning
NHS organisations and professions
Responding to complaints and communicating effectively
Whistleblowing and fitness to practice
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Students can choose whether to be assessed by course paper (100%) or exam (100%)
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|An element of student choice is available and students can choose to be assessed summatively by either:
A course paper confined to within 2500 - 3000 words (100%)
An examination of three hours consisting of three questions which must be answered from a choice of 4. (100%)
|Formative feedback is given on an optional 400-500 word essay plan.
Summative feedback is given on the course paper (via LEARN) or exam as detailed for the assessment above.
|Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)
|Resit Exam Diet (August)
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have gained greater understanding of the concept of professionalism in nursing in ensuring safe and effective care.
- Have an understanding of the importance of teamwork and communication for effective care
- Be knowledgeable as to the place of protocols and standardised working practices which ensure safe practice
- 4. Have acquired an understanding of record keeping, audit and the use of information technology (IT) in health care and the part which they play in achieving high quality care and in enhancing patient safety.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Miss Siobhan O'Connor
|Miss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972