Contemporary Issues in Nursing

MQF Level 6

6 Credits (ECTS)

Contemporary Issues in Nursing

Start
October 2024
Module Type
Elective
Price
€400
ECTS Credits
6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

This module seeks to deepen students’ comprehension of the nurse’s vital role within socio-cultural, legal, and political frameworks.

It delves into contemporary issues within clinical practice and the workplace, addressing topics such as cultural awareness, and quality and safety in nursing practice.

Through active engagement, students identify and critically appraise issues relevant to their practice, fostering a nuanced understanding of the complexities and challenges inherent in healthcare delivery.

By exploring socio-cultural, legal, and political contexts, students are better equipped to navigate diverse healthcare environments, advocate for patient rights, and uphold standards of quality and safety in nursing practice.

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates who apply for this course must possess a qualification equivalent to a Higher Diploma (120 ECTS) in Nursing accredited at MQF 5. 
  • Preference will be given to prospective applicants having a year of work experience related to the study programme. 

 

Target Audience

  • This programme is targeted at nurses who are registered with the Council for Nurses and Midwives Malta and/or other registering bodies. 

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning. The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

1. Face-to-face sessions: 18 hours

2. Online Learning Activities: 12 hours

Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: · 20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and · 80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.

Assessment

a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in the formative assignment.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module. The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments.

The recommended assessment tool for this module is an essay title or case studies based on relevant real-life scenarios.

Word count range: 3000 ± 10%

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment.

Assignment
Discussions

Module Intake Dates

October 2024
Malta
Price
€400

Additonal Info

Reading for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing top-up degree as presented in this brochure costs €4,000.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes

Competences:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the ability to, independently:

  • Analyse the influence of social organisation and health policy on professional nursing practice.
  • Synthesize understanding of socio-cultural, political, and economic factors, and health system structures that influence clinical practice, education and safety in health care services.
  • Justify a well-developed and articulated position statement on how to advance nursing practice.
  • Apply cultural competence by incorporating cultural beliefs and practices into all aspects of practice.

Knowledge:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Nursing as a Regulated Practice.
  • Nursing Practice in the Health Care System.
  • Issues in Contemporary Nursing.
  • Transforming practice through clinical governance.
  • Nursing’s pathways to Professionalism.
  • Nursing’s Challenges.

Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of clinical governance and risk management for advanced nursing practice.
  • Critically evaluate the role of clinical supervision in nursing practice.
  • Critically contribute to and influence discussion on a range of contemporary issues of relevance to own practice and the discipline of nursing.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Critically analyse team communication needs and devise a plan for addressing these needs.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Improve personal time management and planning skills in relation to team management.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc
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