BNurs Adult Nursing

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Dementia: Empowering and Creative Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS23111
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This is an optional discovery Year 2 unit enabling students to enhance their knowledge and skills in the delivery of person-centred care and support for people who are living with dementia and their carers/supporters.  The unit will be equally appropriate and valuable for nursing students from adult and mental health fields. The themes of empowering people living with dementia and practicing in a creative, person-centred way will feature throughout the unit.

Aims

This unit will enable students to:

  • Further develop knowledge and skills that underpin evidence-based, person-centred practice with  people who are living with dementia and their carers/supporters
  • Critically reflect on the values that underpin empowering and inclusive practice with people who are living with dementia and their carers/supporters
  • Develop innovative and creative approaches to care practice with people who are living with dementia and their carers/supporters
 

Learning outcomes

Each learning outcome is linked to the NMC (2018) Standards of proficiency for registered nurses. These outcomes are also met within the core part of the programme.

Teaching and learning methods

The aims and learning outcomes for this unit focus on the following central themes:

  • Further develop knowledge and skills that underpin evidence based, person-centred practice with  people who are living with dementia and their carers/supporters
  • Critically reflect on the values that underpin empowering and inclusive practice with people who are living with dementia and their carers/supporters
  • Develop innovative and creative approaches to care practice with people who are living with dementia and their carers/supporters

The teaching and learning methods used include lectures, seminars and e materials on Blackboard which align to the ILOs and will be delivered by lecturers with expertise in dementia and service users with lived experience of dementia.

Assessment 
The students are assessed on their knowledge, skills and values that relate to the provision of person-centred care for a person/s who are living with dementia through the use of a written assignment. The assessment provides an opportunity for students to utilise knowledge and apply intellectual skills to meet key ILOs through the application of theory, research evidence and first person experiences of dementia.
 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically evaluate, from a person-centred perspective, the bio-psycho-social factors that can influence well-being and lived experience of people with dementia Understand how a creative, person-centred perspective can inform the assessment and care of people living with dementia
  • Consider the application of a range of arts-based approaches that may promote well-being
  • Consider best-practice in communication including some of the ethical challenges in communicating with people with different perceptions of reality Understand the significance of family, carers and social networks in planning and providing care and the importance of partnership working
 

Intellectual skills

  • Critically apply a range of evidence including first person accounts of living with dementia, person-centred theory and research to inform an understanding of the lived experiences of a person(s) with dementia
  • Critically apply a range of evidence including lived experiences, person-centred theory and research to inform the holistic assessment of needs and care planning 
 

Practical skills

  • Engage in partnership working via discussion, debate and shared learning 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communicate effectively and sensitively (verbal, non-verbal, written)
  • Develop and utilise IT skills
  • Demonstrate research and enquiry skills by accessing literature in order to inform practice
  • Reflect on – and utilise strategies to develop – practice

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all undergraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 12
Seminars 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 93

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simon Burrow Unit coordinator

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