Transition into Professional Practice
The aim of this module is to develop the students understanding of the complexities of professional nursing practice and facilitate transition to becoming a confident registered nurse.
By the end of this module students should be able to:
1. Analyse and apply the concepts of competence and accountability to own and others practice, considering the legal, ethical and professional issues.
2. Evaluate the processes involved in the transition to registered practitioner, development of future professional practice and life-long learning.
3. Contribute to the development of competency of others through effective use of professional and personal development skills and positive role modelling.
You could start by considering the nature of accountability.
1. Consider the evidence that you submitted in your year 1, year 2 and year 3 OAR for domain 1 (Professional and Ethical Practice). Think about how this changed in the light of your changing responsibility and accountability.
2. Compare the evidence, does it demonstrate growth and development?
3. Look at this in relation to the performance levels required of you in each year and in particular at the end of this year. What significant changes will occur with registration?
This section should be 1700 words
4. Present a learning needs analysis and an action plan designed to meet your needs. Please use the template provided. This should be 800 words (equivalent) and be an in depth exploration of 1 or 2 learning needs. Please make sure you are using SMART goals and that your actions are measurable, you may also wish to consider how your learning will benefit patient care.
Indicative Module Content
This module will build on the learning and understanding developed through the modules Leadership for Professional Practice and Delivering Safe Effective Care 1 and 2. There will be a focus on the development of self awareness and the impact and influence of behaviour on others using a personal development planning approach. The concepts of emotional intelligence, shared beliefs, values and governance will be discussed, in relation to the development of the student as a nurse with leadership responsibilities. The importance of recognising behaviours in others that may influence the quality of patient care will be explored along with the consideration of strategies that can be employed to reduce the impact on patient care. Frameworks to support the development and assessment of competency of others will be explored. The module will provide students with opportunities to develop their own strategies to ensure the safety of patients through careful consideration of professional accountability taking account of legal, ethical, moral and societal perspectives. Students will be invited to debate the issues of confidence versus competence of the newly qualified nurse.
1. A critical reflection on development during the Programme in relation to changing accountability, to include legal, ethical and professional issues and how this development will be maintained through transition into a registered nurse.
Temple, J. (2012) Becoming a Registered Nurse. Making the Transition to Practice (Transforming Nursing Practice Series) due for release July.
Burton, R, Ormrod, G. (Ed) (2011) Nursing: Transition to Professional Practice. Oxford: OU Press.
Jasper, M. (2006) Professional development, reflection and decision making. Oxford: Blackwell
Clark, T. and Holmes, S. (2007) Fit for Practice? An exploration of the development of newly qualified nurses using focus groups International Journal of Nursing Studies 44, pp.1210-1220
Dimond, B. (2008) Legal aspects of nursing. 5th edn. Harlow: Pearson Education
Standing, M. (Ed) (2010) Clinical Judgement and Decision Making in Nursing and Interprofessional Health Care. Berkshire: OU Press.
Billett, S & Henderson, A. (Ed) (2010) Developing Learning Professionals: Integrating Experiences in University and Practice Settings (Professional and Practice-based Learning). Queensland: Springer.
Lauder, W., Watson, R., Topping, K., Holland, K., Johnson, M., Porter, M., Roxburgh, M. and Behr, A. (2008) An evaluation of fitness for practice curricula: self-efficacy, support and self-reported competence in preregistration student nurses and midwives Journal of Clinical Nursing 17 pp. 1858-1867
Robinson, S. and Griffiths, P. (2009) Scoping review Preceptorship for newly qualified nurses: impacts, facilitators and constraints National Nursing Research Unit Kings College London Available at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/content/1/c6/05/06/70/PreceptorshipReview.pdf
Roberts, D. and Johnson, M. (2009) Editorial Newly qualified nurses: Competence or confidence? Nurse Education Today 29 (5) 467-468
British Journal of Nursing
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Nurse Education Today
Nurse Education in Practice
Burdett Trust for Nursing www.burdettnursingtrust.org.uk
Department of Health www.doh.gov.uk
Care Quality Commission www.cqc.org.uk
Foundation of Nursing Studies www.fons.org.uk
Kings Fund www.kingsfund.org.uk
National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence www.nice.org.uk
Nursing & Midwifery Council www.nmc-org.uk
Patients Association www.patients-association.org.uk
Royal College of Nursing www.rcn.org.uk
Social Care Institute for Excellence www.scie.org.uk
The Foundation of Nursing Leadership www.nursingleadership.org.uk
General assessment criteria
The above titles are designed to be broad in scope. Therefore your answer should be narrowed down to an aim that should be clarified in your introduction.
Define concepts and provide sources for them before applying them.
Critique theories by comparing and contrasting them.
Enrich your synthesis with illustrations to underpin theories and your arguments.
Diagrams, Models Tables and Graphs should be appended to the essay. A maximum of three Appendices is permitted.
The essay should be double spaced with a 12 point font (Arial preferred).
The actual word count of your essay must be specified on your essay script.
Word counts over 1650 words will be penalised by 5 % for every 250 words over.
There should be a minimum of 10 different, academically credible references in your text. Non academic references such as CD Rom, Internet and serious Business Press sources can be included in addition to the ten academic references.
Must follow this mark scheme
Quality of Definitions
Evidence of research
Quality of Analysis,
Synthesis & Evaluation
Quality of Illustration
Application of case
Creativity of appendices