Core Module Information
Module title: Exploring the theory and application of law and ethical reasoning in nursing practice

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NUR09137
Module leader: Patricia Perry
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

Description of module content:
This module aims to support you to deliver competent, safe and professionally accountable, autonomous nursing practice by exploring everyday clinical situations that involve challenging ethical and legal issues. It will support you in upholding the Nursing & Midwifery Council's (NMC) Code for Nurses and Midwives (2018) by enhancing your knowledge and skills and extending your understanding of ethical theory and relevant legislation.
You will consider the relevance of the law, specific healthcare legislation and ethical reasoning principles, values and behaviours to supporting professional nursing practice. You will explore potential challenges and opportunities of continuing to develop professional integrity, self-awareness and reflective practice in your nursing care.
You will explore the influence of healthcare legislation and application of ethical practice in relation to cultures, sub-cultures and the wider society. You will consider their impact on health and well-being, and explore mechanisms for supporting cultural sensitivity and diversity in all aspects of patient care in a way that reflects respect, compassion and dignity. This will be achieved by exploring specific examples of legislation, and examine the implications and impact that these may have on ethical healthcare practice.
You will be encouraged to reflect on your personal ethical framework and values and how these may influence your approach to care for patients from a broad spectrum of social and cultural backgrounds. You will consider your role as patient advocate, as well as how your self-regulation, behaviour, knowledge, skills and understanding can help enhance and protect public safety.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically examine the relationship between the law, ethics and ethical reasoning in nursing practice
LO2: Implement and appraise a decision making process using a legal and ethical framework or code of practice
LO3: Demonstrate critical understanding of values-based practice to a population group to inform future delivery of health care services
LO4: Critically reflect on the way in which healthcare legislation, culture and society influence ethical nursing practice and health and well-being more broadly.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 3, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sandra Sharp
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 180
Online Tutorial 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= #..##, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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