BNurs Mental Health Nursing / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Values Based Nursing

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS10091
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is the first unit that the student will embark upon in year 1 semester 1. It focuses on the core values for nursing as outlined in Platform one of the NMC (2018) standards of proficiency for registered nurses.


This unit aims to:
  • Facilitate students’ knowledge and understanding of the core values and proficiencies of accountable professional nursing practice across the three Fields of Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing
  • Develop students’ understanding of the history and nature of nursing in order to develop critical thinking about their profession and its place in the current healthcare system
  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of The Code (NMC, 2018) and their obligations as student nurses act with professional integrity and to demonstrate their own fitness to practice
  • Foster the values, attitudes and reflective aptitude required to practice as a safe, compassionate, patient-centred registered nurse

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes map to the NMC (2018) Platform 1 (1.1 - 1.4, 1.6, 1.11, 1.13-1.17, 1.19

Teaching and learning methods

The submission for Values Based Nursing is a personal development plan which asks the student to develop a reflective analysis of their values and develop a plan for their development.

This submission reflects the indicative content for the unit.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Outline and discuss the fundamental elements of accountable professional       nursing practice and the policies and ethical frameworks that guide these
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the need for professional conduct and      nursing values that promote non–discriminatory, person centred and      compassionate care
  • Appreciate the impact of professional nursing practice on patient      experiences, health, wellbeing and healthcare outcomes
  • Appreciate the importance of acting as an ambassador, and their role in      and upholding the reputation of the profession and promoting public      confidence in nursing and health care
  • Understand the demands of professional practice and the need to maintain       the level of fitness and wellbeing required to meet the health care needs of others

Intellectual skills

  • Discuss the theories that guide professional nursing practice based on a     sound understanding of relevant literature
  • Debate some of the challenges and opportunities facing nurses in modern       health care practice with particular reference to their own field of practice

Practical skills

  • Reflect upon and commit to the development of their own personal attributes, values and skills for accountable professional practiceSet realistic and meaningful goals for improving their own practice
  • Appreciate the need to interact with others in a professional, compassionate manner
  • Recognise signs of vulnerability in themselves or colleagues and the actions required to minimise risks to health

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Fundamental skills in personal development planning for learning and working
  • Demonstrate rudimentary skills in reflection as a basis for professional 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. 

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 8
Tutorials 1
Independent study hours
Independent study 80

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alastair Morgan Unit coordinator

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