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Professional Values - HEA00066C

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Sally Floyd
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2021-22
C Summer Term 2021-22
D Summer Vacation 2020-21 to Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module enables the student to  understand the demands of professional practice and to develop their own self awareness, resilience, emotional intelligence and adaptability in a healthcare setting. In addition, to promote knowledge of professional and ethical standards of behaviour for their Nursing Associate role in line with the NMC Code (2018).

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical theories, legal requirements and code of professional standards that underpin the Nursing Associate’s role.

  2. Identify and recognise signs of vulnerability in themselves and colleagues and take actions required to minimise risks to health, to adopt a healthy lifestyle and maintain a level of fitness and wellbeing.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of and understanding the limits of confidentiality the principles of consent and capacity 

  4. Respect the values, beliefs, preferences and culture of others and recognise and challenge discriminatory behaviour.

  5. Reflect upon and discuss the scope of responsibility and accountability in relation to the Nursing Associate role and take responsibility for own learning identifying the boundaries of the Nursing Associate role.


Module content

Ethical theories, legal frameworks, code of professional standards, vulnerability ,resilience, personal development, self reflection, emotional intelligence, dignity, respect, diversity, beliefs, values, privacy, preference, confidentiality, culture, consent, empathy, self awareness, boundaries, scope of responsibility, accountability, person centred care, courage.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay 2000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 2000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for the summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

Rowe, G., Counihan, C., Ellis, S., Gee, D., Graham, K., Henderson, M., Barnes, J., Carter-Bennett, J. (2018). The Handbook for Nurse Associates & Assistant Practitioners. London: SAGE.

Sellman, D. and Snelling P. (2017) .Becoming A Nurse: Fundamentals of Professional Practice For Nursing. 2nd edn. Oxon: Routledge.

Ellis, P., Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students. 2nd edn. London: SAGE.

Cuthbert, S. and Quallington, J. (2017). Values and Ethics for Care Practice. Banbury: Lantern Publishing.

Crammer, P. & Nhemachena, J. (2013). Ethics for Nurses Theory and Practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Hewison, A., and Sawbridge. (2016). Compassion in Nursing: Theory, Evidence and Practice. London: Palgrave.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.