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Developing Nursing Practice

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You will study this module if you are registered on the pre-registration nursing degree programme; you'll be required to be employed in a health and care setting and have the support of your employer.

This level 2 practice-based module has a balance of theory and practice, and is made up of five learning guides. You will be supported in practice by your practice supervisor, assessed by a practice assessor and a practice tutor or academic assessor tutor to develop your skills and competence in academic study to become independent learners.

What you will study

This is a 44-week practice module sits alongside Understanding Nursing Knowledge and Theory (K210) to focus on the theoretical concepts that inform nursing practice as part of the BSc (Hons) Nursing qualification. 

You will study all four fields of practice: Adult , Children and Young People, Learning Disabilities  and Mental Health. This module builds from stage 1 which introduces you to the broad principles underpinning nursing practice in accordance with Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurses (NMC 2018) or the Standards of proficiency for nursing associates (NMC 2018).

This module focuses on practice-based learning. You will be supernumerary in practice and work under direct or indirect supervision of a registered nurse or other health care professionals (a Practice Supervisor). Your practice learning will take place within the NHS or other health and social care settings. You will be supported by module tutors in online facilitated groups of 20 students with the aim of creating a sense of togetherness to discuss and reflect on concepts informing practice. Learning in practice will be with the support of OU practice tutors/academic assessors, practice supervisors and practice assessors.

You will learn

For the BSc (Honours) Nursing, this practice-based module is designed to increase your knowledge, understanding and skills across health and social care relating to all four fields of nursing. It provides opportunities for you to develop deeper insights to the field of practice relevant to your workplace as you progress towards preparation for registered practice.

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, practice assessment document, five online learning guides and accompanying resource materials.

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

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material, and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Your tuition is delivered online so contact with your tutor will be through email and online discussion forums, although phone communication may also be used.

Your module work is not the only area where you receive support. You will develop professional practice skills at the same time as theoretical knowledge in order to foster the integration of theory and practice. During your practice experiences you will have qualified practice supervisors and practice assessors to support, supervise, and assess your clinical skills and practice.

You will be supported by:

Module Tutor – will guide you through the study materials, mark and comment on your written work and provide advice and guidance through email, online tutorials discussion forums and by phone.

Practice Supervisor – will support and supervise you in the development of your practice and contribute to your record of achievement and proficiencies within your Practice Assessment Document (PAD).

Practice Assessor- will work in collaboration with your practice supervisor to conduct assessments to confirm your achievement of proficiencies and programme outcomes for practice learning.

Practice Tutor/Academic Assessor - takes an overview of your practice development.  Will support the practice supervisor and practice assessor in readiness for practice assessment and in the verification of your achievements in your PAD.

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 assignments (iCMAs) are completed via the module website.

The end of module assessment (EMA) consists of an assignment and completion of your Practice Assessment Document (PAD).

Future availability

Developing nursing practice (KYN211) starts twice a year – in July and October. This page describes the module that will start in July 2021. We expect it to start for the last time in July 2028.

Course work includes:

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