Becoming an autonomous practitioner: learning disabilities
Becoming an autonomous practitioner: learning disabilities (KYN328) is a 60-credit practice module that sits alongside Assimilating nursing: knowledge and theory (KYN325) to form Stage 3 of the BSc (Honours) Nursing (R39). It builds on field-specific content from Stage 2 and allows you the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge you’ve acquired, and to develop this during Stage 3 for your development as a nearly qualified registrant with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You’ll study theoretical content related to nursing leadership and management of complex care. This includes safeguarding, medicines management, reflexive practice, and gaining a wider appreciation of the impact nurses and nursing leadership can have in healthcare. You will undertake this study alongside practice placement in clinical settings where you will be expected to complete your Practice Assessment Document.
What you will study
In this module, you will undertake 770 hours of practice learning. Alongside this you will also study 5 topics which will cover the following:
Topic 1 – Learning to lead
- Becoming autonomous
- Political awareness
- Leadership and managing complexities
Topic 2 – Leadership in a global context
- Influential leadership
- Impact on healthcare policy
Topic 3 – Being a reflexive practitioner
- Critical reflection
- Critical awareness
- Supervision and mentoring others
Topic 4 – Safeguarding across the lifespan
- Safeguarding and the family context
- Serious case reviews and public inquiries
Topic 5 – Medicines management and optimisation
- Medicines calculations
- Complexity in medicines management, long term conditions and polypharmacy
- Clinical trials
- Preparation for becoming a registrant, accountability in practice
For students pursuing the BSc (Honours) Nursing (R39), this module is one of a set that together lead to the professional qualification of Registered Nurse (Part 1: NMC).
This module is not available for standalone study. To study this module, you should be registered on the BSc (Honours) Nursing, and have:
- satisfied the entry requirements for the qualification
- normally completed the following OU level 1 modules: Introducing health and social care (KYN102) and Introduction to healthcare practice (KYN104), and the OU level 2 modules Understanding nursing: knowledge and theory (KYN210), and Developing nursing practice (KYN211) 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, including one from your 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.