Module Specifications

Current Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Safety in Nursing Practice
Module Code NS116
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Evelyn Kelleher
Semester 2: Evelyn Kelleher
Autumn: Evelyn Kelleher
Module TeachersEvelyn Kelleher
Mary Kirwan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
The purpose of this module is to enable students acquire the knowledge and skills that relates to the health and safety of patients/clients in practice settings. Students are expected to attend lectures, complete online activities and participate in skills workshops to develop the necessary skills so that they can provide care to patients/clients in a variety of healthcare settings. This module will also enable the student gain an understanding of the professional and legal frameworks that guide nursing practice. A number of workshops are provided in the clinical education centre during this module and students are expected to attend. The following workshops are mandatory prior to the students attending clinical practice: moving and handling, basic life support, managing challenging situations in practice and infection control. Failure to attend any of the four workshops identified will result in the student not attending the clinical placement in semester 2.

Learning Outcomes
1. Examine the theory underpinning the nurse’s role in assisting patients/clients in meeting their safety needs.
2. Identify hazards that are potentially threatening to the safety of the patient/client in the health care setting and discuss prevention.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the safety issues encountered in a healthcare setting
4. Discuss and apply the principles of effective professional written and verbal communication with reference to legal and professional guidelines.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
On-line learning4No Description
Clinical laboratory30clinical skills workshops
Directed learning30Self Directed clinical skills practice
Independent learning time104No Description
Total Workload: 190

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at:

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Irish health & safety legislation.
In this session students will be introduced to the professional legislation in relation to health & safety in nursing practice..

Professional frameworks and guidelines in relation to health & safety.
Those sessions will focus on basic life support for the adult, child and infant, moving & handling, first aid and managing challenging situations in practice..

Safe environment.
During this session students will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required to conduct the following assessments, Airway, breathing, circulation, disability & environment (ABCDE), skin assessments, pain assessment and falls assessment. The practical session will allow students the time to conduct the above assessments and discuss them with the facilitator..

Nursing process and Nursing Models.
During this session you will be introduced to the five steps of the nursing process, assessment of the patient/client, identifying the needs of the patient/client, planning the necessary care, implementing the care plan and evaluation of the care provided..

Communication in clinical practice verbal & written.
This session will focus on assessment on admission to the health care setting, care planning, evaluation of care, verbal handover, written handover and telephone communication. During the practical session students will have the opportunity to admit a patient, conduct an assessment, write a care plan, and provide a handover..

Infection control.
In this session hand washing, standard precautions and the prevention of hospital acquired infections will be discussed and demonstrated. During the practical sessions students will practice those skills..

Medication Management.
This session will focus on the safety aspects of medication administration, key principles, 5 rights, abbreviations, common routes of administration, and calculations. Students will also have an opportunity to practice the skill..

Aseptic technique.
This session will focus on the knowledge and skills required to maintain a sterile environment when carrying out wound dressing. The practical session will allow students apply the principles during the practice session..

Care of the dying patient.
In this session students will be introduced to the specific care required by the patient and the family..

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment60% Examination Weight40%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List
  • An Bord Altranais: 2007, Guidance to nurses and midwives on medication administration, An Bord Altranais, Dublin.,
  • Doherty. C, & McCallum. J.: 2009, Foundation clinical nursing skills, 1st edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 978-0-19-953445-6
  • Department of Health & Children: 2008, Building a Culture of Patient Safety, Department of Health & Children, Dublin.,
  • Ford.K, Byrt. R, Dooher. j,.: 2010, Preventing & Reducing Aggression & Violence in Health & Social care, 1st edition, M7K Publishing, Cumbria, 978-1-905539-57-4
  • Government of Ireland: 2005, Safety health and welfare at work act, Stationay Office, Dublin,
  • Health Promotion Unit: 2006, The back care book; a guide to keeping your back healthy, Health Promotion Unit, Dublin,
  • Health Information & Quiality Authority: 2009, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, Health Information & Quiality Authority, Dublin.,
  • Health Information and Quality Authority: 2010, Draft National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare., Consultation Document, Health Information and Quality Authority, Dublin.,
Other Resources
9083, Videos, Clinical Education Centre, 2007, Infection Control, School of Nursing, 9084, Videos, Clinical Education Centre, 2008, Managing Challenging situations, School of Nursing, 9085, Videos, Clinical Education Centre, 2006, Aseptic Technique, School of Nursing,
Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
BNIDBSc in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Psychiatric)
Timetable this semester: Timetable for NS116
Date of Last Revision03-SEP-09