This is a level 7 unit that focuses on the nurse’s role as an educator in practice. It builds on the year 3 unit ‘The nurse as educator and supervisor’ taking students from the education of patients, carers and families to prepare for their role as supervisor, educator and assessor of junior colleagues and peers. It is a blended learning unit which capitalises on student’s ability to study independently but also provides opportunities for students to engage in the debates and discussions currently taking place in nurse education.
Many aspects of this unit were formerly delivered via the MSLAIP Continuing Professional Development provision which was guided by the NMC Standards to Support Learning and Assessment in Practice. The Nurse Education in Practice unit will be guided by the replacement standards: Part 1: Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education (NMC, 2018) which is set out under the following headings:
1: Learning Culture
2: Educational Governance and Quality
3: Student Learning and Empowerment
4: Educators and Assessors
5: Curricula and Assessment
And Part 2: Standards for student supervision and assessment (NMC, 2018)
On completion of this unit the student will be able to:
- Critically review theories of learning, teaching and assessing in clinical practice settings
- Develop the skills to teach and to supervise and assess learning in clinical practice with reference to the NMC (2018) standards for student supervision and assessment https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards-for-education-and-training/standards-for-student-supervision-and-assessment/ and The Code (2015)
- Demonstrate critical insight into their role as supervisors, educators and assessors in professional practice settings and the fundamental connection between learning culture and the safety of the public
This unit focuses on the student’s role as an educator and supervisor in practice. The practice assessment documentation related directly to this role and to all of the ILO’s outlined above. The written component offers the opportunity to focus on one aspect of the practice assessment document, with particular emphasis on outcomes A1 – A5
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 postgraduate 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.