Module details for Professional Issues 2


This module explores key professional issues for the registered nurse


The aim of the module is to prepare student nurses for professional accountability and responsibilities that accompany professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the role, remit and responsibilities of the registered nurse

2.  Evaluate the scope of accountability in nursing including the requirement for keeping own knowledge and skills up to date

3.  Appraise decision making in nursing, applying the four moral principles

4.  Explore the role of the first level nurse in health promotion and quality improvement.

5.  Demonstrate an understanding of leadership, management team and multi-disciplinary work working. Management of change and development to improve and benefit patient care

6.  Explore ways to foster continuing professional development

Indicative Content

1 Legal and professional issues

The Code and registrant, registration and revalidation . Individual accountability and responsibility . Fitness to practice, Good health and good character. The NMC as professional regulator and protector of the public. Registration and revalidation

2 Performance and ethics

Managing interpersonal conflict with colleagues. Personal resilience. The use of supervision and appraisal to enhance patient care and safety and care. Dealing with complaints. Treating patients as individuals and maintaining clear professional boundaries. Raising and responding to concerns about poor practice. Whistleblowing and it's dilemmas

3 Decision making

The principle based approach as a framework to decision making. Complex dilemmas, the four moral principles revisited, legislation and the professional code of conduct. Autonomy and decision-making. Requirements for safe delegation of care. capacity; provision of care for people who lack decision-making capacity

4 Health promotion and quality improvement

The nurse as health promoter. Quality improvement, its placement in improving the care experience

5 Leadership, collaborative working and managing change

Leadership in the content of initial registration. Theories of leadership. Organisational aspects of care, team working; communication, collaboration and co-ordination, fostering multiagency working, roles and responsibilities. Management of change in teams and organisations, working with individuals and teams managing conflict and dealing with resistance to change. Setting standards and evaluating the quality of service. Preparing for contemporary changes in nursing.

6 Professional development

Identify own professional development needs through life long learning, responding to feedback, reflection. Flying start ECCF on practice. Recognising opportunities for interprofessional education in the practice setting. Keeping knowledge and skills up to date, utilising evidence based practice and clinical supervision.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 9
Tutorial/Seminar 9
Practical Activity 9
Assessment 40
Independent 133
Total 200

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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