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Undergraduate Course: Adult Endocrinology (NUST10035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe proposed new honours option looks specifically at patients with endocrine conditions and examines the role of the nurse in caring for these patients. Although endocrine conditions are not common, apart from diabetes mellitus (not covered in this option) and thyroid disorders the wide ranging effects of endocrine dysfunction and the fact that endocrine disease can affect every system in the body make it important that all nurses have at least a general understanding of this field.

The proposed honours option will be taught in ten sessions of two hours in length over a ten week period. This format allows time for the introduction of theoretical content and subsequent discussion and debate about the relationship between theory, policy and nursing care. Visiting lecturers will be invited to share their knowledge and clinical expertise. The course will use formal lectures, group work, discussion, multimedia presentations, practical sessions for clinical skills teaching, reflection and workshop type sessions to explore this complex and challenging topic.

The course will address concepts such as quality of life and compliance and concordance, discussing these concepts in terms of real life issues encountered by endocrine patients. The role of the specialist endocrine nurse versus that of the general nurse will be examined and nursing care of these patients discussed. The importance of good communication will be highlighted and the role of patient support groups explored, again with direct reference to endocrine patients.

Throughout the course, attention will be given to the links between theory, policy and practice. Each topic will be explored in detail using a variety of learning and teaching styles in order to promote understanding of the theory and facilitate students' exploration of the relationship between theory, policy and practice.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only available to Nursing students
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly available to CPD students
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To demonstrate a clear understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system and how it is regulated
  2. To develop an understanding of the complexity of various endocrine conditions and the impact these can have on a patient and their family
  3. To develop an awareness of the importance of patient education and support and the vital role nurses can play
  4. To develop critical thinking in the evaluation of nursing practice
  5. To develop a critical understanding of concepts such as quality of life and be familiar with validated assessment tools used in endocrinology
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMs Maggie Carson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3928
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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