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Glasgow Caledonian University BSc/BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies 2020 programme

This short newsletter will provide information to all registered nurses who will be involved in supervising and assessing student nurses from Glasgow Caledonian University in practice. It will discuss the nursing programme commencing in September 2020 (new year 1 students) and also highlight the changes in relation to student supervision and assessment for all student nurses.

2020 Programme: Future Nurses

  • A curriculum framework was designed to demonstrate the 2020 BSc/BSc(Hons)/MSc programme's philosophy, educational aims and political and professional drivers. The three main themes are built into the content: NMC Standards, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) 2030 Vision, GCU Centre for Living research themes and evidence-based practice.
  • Spiral curriculum -within the framework the student is placed at the centre with the core nursing values (care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment) and the GCU Common Good attributes run through the core of the curriculum model.
  • Other key priorities include; interprofessional education, psychosocial influences, palliative & end-of-life care, stakeholder involvement, internationalisation.
  • The educational philosophy involves the inclusion of authentic, co-produced, person-centred scenarios (increasing in complexity of care needs as they progress through the programme) and a approach to teaching and learning which will develop the students' independence and confidence.
2020 spiral curriculum

2020 Programme

Year 1: Trimester A

Students will have three modules (theory only):

  1. "Introduction to nursing and professional values" where they will be introduced to a values based culture, ethical principles, communication, partnership working and shared decision-making.
  2. "Foundations of nursing practice" where they will learn about the nursing process with a focus on nursing assessment. Fundamental nursing skills will be taught in relation to the delivery of safe, effective, person-centred care, supported by an understanding of human anatomy and physiology.
  3. "Becoming a graduate nurse" where they will learn to become resilient, confident learners and be introduced to the principles of being a graduate nurse (e.g. citizenship, leadership, confidence, professionalism, academic skills including evidence based practice).

Year 1: Trimester B

Students will have two modules (one theory, one theory/practice):

  1. "Health, wellbeing and inequalties" where students will develop knowledge about the concept of health and wellbeing such as health promotion, protection and improvement, the wider determinants of health, illness and wellbeing and the role of the nurse in supporting individuals to maximise their quality of life.
  2. "Introduction to nursing care throughout the lifespan" where students will build upon their Trimester A "Foundations of nursing practice" module with a focus on planning fundamental nursing care. Includes a 6-week PLE1.

Year 1: Trimester C

1. Practice Learning Experience (PLE2) - 8 week PLE2.

Changes to practice learning: assessment

  • Students will now receive academic credit for Practice Learning Experiences 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 (two more than the previous programme)
  • There is a new practice rubric for grading these PLEs. This was developed by academics and PEF/CHEFs using mentor and student feedback, the evidence-base and a critique of other current rubrics.
  • This new rubric will; help to support assessment especially if a student is failing; be different for each part (level) of the programme; be clear about what students need to demonstrate to achieve a particular mark; be linked to the NMC platforms; be clear to use and allow students to achieve a wider range of marks, including 100%.

2015 programme changes i.e. 2018 and 2019 cohorts

  • BSc/BSc (Hons) Pathway: due to the current situation with COVID-19 all 2018 and 2019 students will remain on the 2015 programme until registration (2010 NMC Standards). Only the Sept 2020 intake of year 1 students will move to the newly approved 2020 programme.
  • Sept 2018 and 2019 cohorts will be using the West of Scotland (2019) Addendum to SOAR to replace the existing SOAR pages. Domains and ESCs are the same but the language is changed to reflect the new supervision and assessment roles.

Other practice considerations

The table below shows which Standards each cohort (year) of students will be assessed against. Clicking on the table will enlarge it.

  • Due to Covid-19, the 2019 cohort will also be entering year 2 of their programme with very little practice learning experience. Assuming we are able to provide supernumerary placements from September 2020 then you will be supporting these students in achieving their year 1 ESCs/domains.
  • From September 2020 all┬ástudents will move to the new SSSA. This means new roles for those who supervise and assess students (practice supervisor, practice assessor, academic assessor) and the inclusion of an academic assessor in the final end-of-part assessment decision for progression.