Undergraduate Course: Professionalism 1 (Introduction to Professionalism) (NUST08012)
|School of Health in Social Science
|College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
|Not available to visiting students
|An introduction to the basic precepts underpinning professionalism and the ethical and legal frameworks within which nursing operates. The primacy of such professional values and communication and interpersonal skills is explored in depth. The workings of the current NHS are identified and the notions of leadership, management and inter-professional teamwork are introduced with a focus on communication.
The focus of this first year course is upon the understanding and acquisition of the skills and attributes of a professional nurse who works with integrity within the professional ethical code and the prevailing legal framework to deliver safe, effective, compassionate, person-centred care. Students are introduced to issues such as confidentiality, data protection, dignity and respect.
Professionalism in nursing encompasses the idea of competent, safe, high quality evidence-based care which prioritises patient safety and dignity and safeguards the public. Reflecting the primacy of professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, this course introduces the principles of professionalism and considers what it is and what it entails.
The course introduces the requirement that the individual professional nurse must work with integrity within the professional ethical code and the prevailing legal framework. The means by which this is achieved are introduced, through an introduction to the purpose of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and the concept of professional regulation for the protection of the public. The workings of the current National Health Service (NHS) and the notions of leadership and teamwork are introduced with a focus on communication.
The focus of this first year course is upon the understanding and acquisition of the skills and attributes of a professional nurse who works with integrity within the professional ethical code and the prevailing legal framework to deliver safe, effective and compassionate person-centre care. Students are introduced to issues such as confidentiality, data protection, dignity and respect.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
| Available to Nursing students only
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|A one hour examination consisting of one 30 minute required short answer question and two 45 minute questions which must be answered from a choice of five questions. Weighting 100%.
|Formative feedback is given on work covered in preparation for in class debate as well as an exam paper revision session.
Summative feedback is given on the exam paper as detailed 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 an understanding of what professionalism is and how it can be developed though an understanding of the concept of professionalism and what it means to hold professional values as a professional nurse
- Have gained an appreciation of what professionalism involves in the context of multi-disciplinary team working and leadership
- Have an increased awareness of how personal and professional values shape our behaviour
- Have acquired the foundation knowledge of communication and interpersonal skills
- Have gained an understanding of the recognised professional, ethical and legal frameworks which shape their practice with particular regard for the NMC and The Code: standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives (NMC, 2015)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Ms Julie Watson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3042
|Miss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972