Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory
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 online in groups of approximately 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 your 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 approximately eight 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.
The learning materials on the module website encompass five key themes:
- Developing a professional identity
- Improvement science and patient safety
- Development across the life course
- Integrated services
During tutorials you will be guided to study specific EBL materials to help you respond to and learn from the case scenarios and vignettes that you will discuss within tutorials. Your tutor will also guide you towards certain lines of enquiry where essential learning is necessary, for example, physiology, skills rationale, public health initiatives. We have identified these learning materials as essential for your study, and you’ll see these pages marked ‘Essential for study’ within the EBL materials. The remaining learning materials are available for you to study; you will be able to select lines of enquiry where you have a personal interest based on the scenario. You are also 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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (11 'Big Sur' or higher).
Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.
To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).
Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.
Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.
It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.