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Undergraduate Course: What is Nursing?: Society, Culture and Health 1 (NUST08021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will contextualize the business of nursing for first year students through the exploration of the history of nursing, nursing models and the evolution of a professional nursing identity. Frameworks for person-centered care will be explored as will the complex nature of fundamental care. The students will be introduced to the concepts of leadership and teamwork. The course will also address the professional responsibility of the nurse in relation to their own health and fitness for practice.
Course description This course promotes acquisition of the key skills and attributes that a professional nurse who works with integrity within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Practice requires in order to deliver safe, effective and compassionate person-centered care. Students will engage with the complexity of the fundamentals of patient care exploring the acquisition of both visible and invisible skills.

This course takes a historical and global perspective to enable students to gain an understanding of the context of contemporary nursing. Topics explored include: History and development of the nursing profession; Definitions of nursing and the expansive role of the nurse; Nursing as a global workforce, Sustainable development goals and the Nursing Now campaign.

The role and responsibilities of the nurse as a regulated professional are introduced and explored including a focus on the NMC code; fitness to practice; fitness for practice including lifestyle choices, managing stress and resilience, emotion management.

The concept of evidence-based person-centred care as a central feature of nursing practice is explored through nursing models and frameworks; working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Students will be taught by a series of interactive lectures, focused teaching and student led discussion. Five 1-hour workshops will provide the opportunity to focus on strategies of self-care and lifestyle in relation to fitness for practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 15, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1.5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 161 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination (100%)
Feedback A student led interactive group session mid semester.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the scope and role of nursing within the local and global context
  2. Demonstrate the key attributes of a professional nurse working within the NMC Code and other relevant policy and legislative frameworks
  3. Explain different frameworks for evidence-based, person-centered care and their application to nursing practice
  4. Recognise leadership as core to effective compassionate professional nursing practice
Reading List
O. Luanaigh P (ed) (2017)
Nurses and Nursing: The person and the profession
Routledge, Oxon, UK

Baillie L and Black S (2015)
Professional Values in Nursing
CRC Press, Taylor and Frances, Florida, US

Nursing Now Campaign web pages

APPG (2016) Triple Impact: How developing nursing will improve health, promote gender equality and support economic growth
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will work on, develop and evidence the following:
- Ability to understand the ways that nursing is conceptualised;
- Review and gain knowledge about professionalism, ethical behaviour and health promoting practice;
- Present written work formally using research-based evidence to support their discussion;
- Use a range of ICT applications to support assessments and in-class work;
- Exercise autonomy and initiative in course activities and assessment.
KeywordsProfessionalism,fundamental care,vision,complexity,rewards
Course organiserDr Jansi Natarajan
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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