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Professional Internship 1 - HEA00120H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Anita Savage Grainge
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
C Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

The Professional Internship is the common thread running through the Integrated Masters in Nursing programme.

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a heightened awareness of the wider context of care. Students will be embedded within an organisation and will explore the local and national policy drivers and strategic imperatives which are shaping current nursing practice and care delivery.

This module is practice-based, with students spending 18 weeks linked to a specific primary or acute care-based nursing team. The module spans two university terms and runs concurrently with Cooperative Learning Group 6 and the Health Behaviours & Approaches the Health Promotion theoretical modules enabling students to explore, in detail, every aspect of the role of the nurse working within their allocated practice area.

The Professional Internship has been developed in consultation with our practice partners who will identify the individual nursing teams within which students will be placed. From there students will identify and be guided toward learning opportunities, using the base and spoke model of practice experience. Throughout their internship students will be supported by academic and clinical staff. In practice students will have an allocated supervisor who will guide the students and provide a sense of the strategic imperatives. This individual will be a senior nurse based within the organisation hosting the internship. In addition students will have mentors based in each placement area to ensure they are achieving the NMC outcomes.

This module will identify and review students' personal learning needs in relation to the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Annex Three third progression point essential skills cluster: organisational aspects of care 14, 15 & 16 to assess their practice development as a leader in health and social care delivery. Students will work in partnership with clients, carers, other professionals and other agencies with support from their mentor to achieve competence in relation to the agreed NMC competencies and Essential Skills Clusters.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Explore solutions and ideas with others to enhance care.
  2. Challenge the practice of self and others across the multi-professional team.
  3. Work inter-professionally as a means of achieving the optimum outcomes for people and ensuring the safety of themselves and others.
  4. Take responsibility for delegating care to others, including the preparation, support and supervision of others to whom care has been delegated.
  5. Negotiate with others to balance competing and conflicting priorities.


Task Length % of module mark
Reflective Essay 1500 words
N/A 100
Electronic Ongoing Assessment Record
N/A 0

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Total recommended practice hours: 410

Total private study: 1 day per week for 18 weeks = 135 hours


Task Length % of module mark
Reflective Essay 1500 words
N/A 100
Electronic Ongoing Assessment Record
N/A 0

Module feedback

  • Verbal and written evidence of achievement within their Electronic Ongoing Assessment Record will be completed by the practice assessor.

Indicative reading


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