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Principles of Professional Identity - HEA00085M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Michael Wolverson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19
C Summer Vacation 2017-18 to Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The overall aim of this module is to examine the various ways in which nursing has been represented historically and is portrayed in popular culture and how this, in turn, has influenced our individual and collective sense of ourselves as nurses.

The module examines two interwoven strands, the development of nursing as a profession and the theoretical basis of the discipline. Evidence from a range of sources will be used to illustrate personal, public and professional representations of nurses and their work. Contemporary social, cultural, philosophical and political pressures shaping nursing as a professional discipline, its regulation and its practice will be considered, as will key historical influences and events.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the value of modern nursing and the factors influencing this.
  2. Critically analyse historical and contemporary representations of nursing.
  3. Trace the development of the social, cultural, philosophical and political influences on contemporary nursing.
  4. Critically explore the distinction between lay and professional care and explore how the role of the nurse has evolved in health and social care practice.
  5. Critically evaluate the specific contribution of nursing knowledge and theories of caring to health and social care practice.
  6. Critically examine the role of professional regulation, registration and the NMC in the protection of the public.
  7. Critically debate how nurses can positively influence public perceptions and representations of nursing.


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

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