Course Module and Synopsis
Learning and Teaching for Practice
This module aims to enable students to explore the underpinning evidence for learning and teaching in practice and apply this to their own clinical setting. This module is in part informed by the professional and regulatory frameworks for Singapore, such as the Singapore Nursing Board Standards for clinical Education and Standards for Advance Practice Nurse Clinical Education to support and facilitate learning, teaching and evaluation of healthcare professionals in clinical practice, within different settings. The module will also allow students to recognize and exercise their own accountability in assessing performance of ‘future ready’ nurses.
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
This module aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare. Students will reflect upon their own experiences of quality improvement in the context of their nursing practice and consider how they impact on patient safety. Students will also be encouraged to think about areas of their clinical practice where improvements can be made. In doing so, they will learn, in greater detail about the range of currently established quality improvement methodologies and the context in which they are used. They will identify strengths and limitations of each methodology and the potential impact of these.
Leadership in Practice
This module aims to enable students to explore leadership theories and styles, and develop leadership skills, through critical reflection on theory and practice. Students will explore various leadership theories and styles as they relate to their area of practice. They will develop an understanding of the impact of organisational structure and culture on approaches to leadership and consider these in the context of their own clinical setting. Students will also focus on the administrative, conceptual and interpersonal skills required for effective leadership, using this approach to identify their own leadership needs.
Contemporary Practice in Palliative Care
This module aims are to enhance the students’ knowledge of societal, national, cultural and professional attitudes to death and dying; and to equip students with the skills that will enable them to provide a person centred approach to palliative and end of life care for patients within any care setting. The module will explore how early identification of palliative care needs can ensure a holistic person centred care across hospital and community settings. Students will examine strategies to help identify those who require, or would benefit from a palliative approach to their care. Additionally, students will participate and reflect on conversations about death and dying and learn to recognise who this may impact on patients and their families. This module will also explore advance care planning and its necessity for a person centred approach to palliative and end of life care.
Understanding Research and Statistics
This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of evidence based practice, qualitative research approaches, quantitative research methods and statistics to address health priorities in Singapore. Students will develop further understanding the way in which research is undertaken, how it is quality assessed, and how it is implemented as evidence-based practice. Consideration of the way that quantitative and qualitative research is designed will help students to see the link between the health priorities of Singapore and research. Research ethics and professional considerations will also form part of this module as the protection of people is a key aim in all nursing and healthcare research.
Health and Physical Assessment
This module aims to equip students with knowledge and skills in health and physical assessment of the body systems in the deteriorating adult. This will include an holistic approach, incorporating a structured physical assessment of the unwell client, presenting acutely or with a long-term health condition and consideration of the mental health and well being impact of this. Life expectancy in Singapore continues to rise with 13% of the resident population aged over 65. The increasing needs of the changing population can be offset by up skilling nurses in preparing them for the future needs of the healthcare population across a range of health settings.
Healthcare Ethics and Law
This module aims to extend students’ understanding of fundamental concepts in healthcare ethics, including how these are applied in practice. It will also support students to understand the legal implications of their professional practice. In order to assist graduate nurses to become proficient in ethical decision making within the multidisciplinary team, and working within a pluralistic health society, this module will provide essential tools to assist in making ethical and legal, clinical decisions. Registered nurses in Singapore are facing an increasing number of ethical dilemmas in clinical practice, due to the advances in healthcare science, and the multi-ethnic, multicultural, and
multi-religious nature of society. This module also dovetails with other modules being offered as part of the BSc in Nursing and Health to students in Singapore. An example would be the Evidence-based practice modules as being key to ethical decision making.
Managing the Complexities of Older People’s Healthcare
This module aims to enable students to develop the necessary evidence based knowledge, attitudes and skills to promote successful ageing and enhance the healthcare experiences of older people with complex and coexisting physical, mental health and/or social needs across the Singapore healthcare sector. To ensure that the needs of Singapore’s older people are met in appropriate care settings, the module develops nurses’ capacity to implement therapeutic interventions for older people across the healthcare sector landscape. The module is set in a context where globally people are living longer with an increased risk of developing co-existing conditions associated with ageing. Health care responses in Singapore relate to encouraging healthy ageing, enhancing geriatric capability in hospitals and community settings and develop services to support older people in their communities. This module is designed to enable students to develop their understanding and knowledge of optimum healthcare delivery for older