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Co-operative Learning Group 6: Personal Philosophy for Nursing - HEA00105H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Rob Allison
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module aims to support students to articulate the value of nursing. It will examine four principal domains of care: person, health, environment and nursing, explore nursing philosophy and consider its significance to nursing practice in the current political context. During this module students will clarify their values, critically analyse nursing frameworks and construct a personal philosophy for nursing.

This exploration will be facilitated through discussion in the co-operative learning groups. Students will be encouraged to consider how their community of practice has shaped their nursing values and identity.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Consider how articulated expectations of nursing influence the culture of care.
  2. Assimilate a range of concepts of concern for nursing such as person, health, environment and nursing into a personal interpretation of nursing and justify its position based on appropriate academic literature.
  3. Reflect critically on the meaning, purpose and value of nursing with consideration for key nursing roles such as practitioner, partner and leader of care.
  4. Demonstrate the tensions between the patient voice and service priorities for a given field of practice and articulate how these are personally resolved.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 1500 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.

Indicative reading

  • Benner, P. (2001). From novice to expert: excellence and power in clinical nursing. Commemorative edn. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
  • Carper, B. (1978). Fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing. Advances in Nursing Science, 1(1), 13-23.
  • Department of Health (2013). Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: Developing the right people with the right skills and the right values. A mandate from the Government to Health Education England: April 2013 to March 2015. London: Crown Copyright.
  • Department of Health (2013). NHS constitution. London: Crown Copyright.
  • Fawcett, J. (1995). Analysis and evaluation of conceptual models of nursing. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
  • Fawcett, J. (2013). Contemporary nursing knowledge: analysis and evaluation of nursing models and theories. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Co.
  • George, J.B. (2010). Nursing theories: the base for professional nursing practice. 6th edn. London: Prentice Hall.
  • Master, K (2014). Role development in professional nursing practice. 3rd edn. Burlington: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
  • Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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