Module details for Placement and Professional Development 2


Placement and Professional Development 2


The aim of this module is to provide students with a facilitated environment to develop their capacity to work within mental health nursing in a skilled, professionally and ethically sound manner and conceptualise themselves within the professional context as both students and as active agents.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Use an evidence based approach, to practice with increasing independence, and deliver safe, person-centred care in an increasingly confident manner.

2.  Implement specified skills and understanding of core concepts appropriate to their stage of professional competence, including the significance of undertaking collaborative, systematic and holistic nursing assessments to support care needs.

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the developing nursing student and how the individual impacts on the service-user and professionals within placement.

4.  Deploy in practice the concepts of professionalism and demonstrate the ability to work within contexts which present professional ambiguity, conflicts of interest and with incomplete knowledge.

5.  Identify and deploy the professional, ethical and legal frameworks underpinning safe and effective practice, and understand the personal challenges that this presents for both the practitioner and service-user.

6.  Reflect on the implementation of a programme of nursing care, promoting measures to ensure health and safety, designed and supervised by registered practitioners.

Indicative Content

1 Practice competence

Use of assessment and treatment sections of the mental health act, administration of medication, concepts of consent.

3 Skills and Knowledge

Professional practice skills including: Personal care, measuring and interpreting blood pressure, pulse, temperature and respirations. Assisting with eating and drinking. Assessing need and recognising change . Understanding care plans, prescription charts, handover and team meetings. Writing professional notes, understanding confidentiality and its limits. Developing a helping relationship. Understanding the roles of others in the MDT.

4 Working safely

Incident report forms. Health and safety checklist. Risk assessment and risk management . Raising concerns, using QMPLE, manual handling and personal safety. Taking care of self. Working in an evidence based way to promote patient safety. Understanding accountability. Quality improvement and patient safety.

5 Practice learning Experience 4 and 5

Practice learning under supervision.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Practical Activity 28
Assessment 80
Independent 278
Total 400

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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