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Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory

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You will study this module if you are registered on a pre-registration nursing programme (PRNP). KYN210 is the learning that we introduce you to at Level 2 and sets the foundation for further learning at Level 3. Your learning will be in groups of no more than eight students supported by a module tutor. Learning will be structured around enquiry-based practices using case scenarios/vignettes that will encourage you to be an active learner. You will contribute to the learning of your peers by coming together bi-weekly to share learning and experiences in a safe and non-threatening environment.

What you will study

This 30-week module is the theory module of 60 credits that sits alongside of Developing Nursing Practice (K211) focusing on the your development of practice as part of the BSc (Honours) Nursing. This module will be studied by students on all four fields of practice – Adult, Children and Young People, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health.

Content taught in level 1 focused on foundational health and social care, whereas this level 2 module will develop generic and field-specific nursing content, allowing opportunities for you to deep dive into the four fields of practice through use of an enquiry-based learning (EBL) approach. You'll be introduced to the broad principles that underpin nursing practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018), and use case scenarios and vignettes to discover a range of caring interventions.

You will be studying in groups of no more than 8 students and will come together bi-weekly to share and advance your learning and that of your peers, we anticipate that you'll feel part of an active learning community.

There are learning assets on the module website with learning guides sitting under five core themes:

  • Developing a professional identity
  • Improvement science and patient safety
  • Development across the life course
  • Integrated services and Wellbeing.

Rather than studying the Learning Guides in a linear fashion i.e. Learning Guide 1 followed by Learning Guide 2 etc., you will be directed to specific content across the blocks and learning guides as ‘triggers’ to help you respond to and learn from the case scenarios and vignettes that you will discuss within tutorials.

It should be noted that in most instances, this module will run concurrently with Developing Nursing Practice (K211) and therefore the content has been shaped to facilitate your application of learning to practice.

You will learn

This module contributes to a professional qualification. The following outcomes informed the content and assessment of the module:

  • Ability to think critically when applying evidence and drawing on experience to make evidence-informed decisions in all situations
  • Demonstrating resilience and emotional intelligence to explain the rationale that influences judgements and decisions in routine, complex and challenging situations
  • Promoting non-discriminatory, person-centred and sensitive care, reflecting on people’s values and beliefs, diverse backgrounds, cultural characteristics, language requirements, needs and preference
  • Taking responsibility for continuous self-reflection, seeking and responding to support and feedback to develop professional knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

This module is not available for standalone study. It is open only to students on the Pre-Registration Nursing Programme who are sponsored by their employer.

To study this module you should have:
  • satisfied the entry requirements for the qualification
  • registered on the BSc (Honours) Nursing (any field of practice)
  • normally completed the two OU level 1 modules Introducing health and social care (K102/KYN(L)102) and Introduction to health care practice (K104/KYN(L)104) or demonstrate equivalent
  • met the NMC entry requirements; demonstrated good character and health status through self- declaration; enhanced criminal disclosure; occupational health screening; review of previous sickness and absence; two references, one from current employer.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

What's included

Online learning materials and resources. You will have access to a module website, through which teaching and library resources are available that provide links to current information and relevant research-based materials relating to module content.

Computing requirements

A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.

The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

Online tuition will be via synchronous Adobe Connect meetings with bi-weekly 2.5hrs tutorials. Learning materials will be labelled as Core and Optional, but you'll be expected to study outside OU learning materials by seeking further information from the internet, as well as drawing on local trust and national policies to inform your tuition and practice.

Tutorials will run with groups of 8 students. Students seeking individual support will be able to do so with their tutor.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper. The interactive computer-marked assignment (iCMA) is completed via the module website.

If you have a disability

The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying KYN210 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

Future availability

Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory starts twice a year – in February and October. This page describes the module that will start in February 2021. We expect it to start for the last time in February 2028.

Course work includes:

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
1 Interactive computer-marked assignment (iCMA)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school