Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Complex Field Specific Nursing (Adult)
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Poster Presentation Adult  20 Minutes  40%
Semester Assessment Essay Adult  2500 Words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Poster Presentation Adult  ​​​​Students must pass each element at 40% and retake failed elements of the module assessment.​ 20 Minutes  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay Adult  ​​​​Students must pass each element at 40% and retake failed elements of the module assessment.​ 2500 Words  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

illustrate the key moral and ethical principles underpinning complex care decisions

examine key local and national policies underpinning complex care

outline theories used to explain the grieving process

explore local and national support for individuals and significant others facing adaption, death and dying

reflect on own experience of grief, loss and bereavement and explore coping strategies

develop a person centred plan of care to holistically manage complex symptoms arising from a life limiting condition

Brief description

​​​We will introduce the key skills associated with caring for service users with a complex life limiting condition meeting both physical and emotional needs. Field specific conditions will be explored, underlying pathophysiology, disease processes and symptom management. Understanding care policy informing practice and legal, moral, ethical principles underpinning care planning and delivery. Death and dying will be explored as well as key theories associated with the grieving process and societal/cultural norms.


​​Key concepts, theories and evidence including:
​Introduction to services supporting individuals and their families in the bereavement process
​Exploring holistic patient centred complex care
​Applying pertinent principles of law and ethics
​Reflective practice
​Death and dying
​Understanding and adapting to complex and/or life limiting conditions
​Common conditions associated with field of practice
​Symptom management
In addition, the module will also focus on further supporting students for clinical practice placements, focusing on:
​clinical skill development/maintenance
​maintenance of All Wales passports (e.g. Manual Handling/Violence and Aggression) – updating when required
​clinical learning requirements
​practice supervision
​clinical assessments
​PAD use/evidencing work-based achievements

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience ​​This module will build on students’ understanding of the importance of delivering person centred care by further developing their knowledge of wider factors relating to healthcare, which may require adaptable approaches. Cultural and societal norms differ, requiring students to examine their role in caring for patients in complex situations, including patients with age related conditions and end of life care across a wide age span. Students will be encouraged to re-visit self-care strategies
Co-ordinating with others ​​In this module, students will be further encouraged to explore professional liaison and teamworking, reflecting on the role of differing multidisciplinary members in the care delivery process, especially in relation to complex care and end of life situations. Students will be encouraged to consider how professional referrals, networks and collaborations can be made in order secure care provisions.
Creative Problem Solving ​​During this module, students will be introduced to the concept of complex field specific nursing, specifically exploring issues regarding nursing adults. Students will be challenged to think about the concept of caring, and what this means regarding symptom management, disease processes and nursing a wide age range of patients who may have life-limiting conditions. Students will continue to enhance their problem-solving skills by considering these issues through hearing directly from service
Critical and analytical thinking ​​In complex clinical situations, students will need to develop high level analytical thinking skills in order to deliver best practice, and this module will continue to support students’ development in this area. Through lectures, seminars and practicals, students will build on their depth of knowledge and analytical abilities required of an adult field nurse in complex situations in order to deliver high quality, safe care. Students will be required to appraise evidence/research and health.
Digital capability ​​This module will require the students to continue to use/and learn how to: ​use blackboard/pebble-pad ​access lectures remotely and participate accordingly ​know how to search electronic databases ​use the library’s electronic catalogue ​submit work electronically ​design an academic poster
Professional communication ​​Students will be required to build on their communication skills within this module, as they will be expected to continue to actively participate in discussions and debates. Students will demonstrate their oral and written communication skills by participating in relevant learning activities throughout the module. Through an academic poster presentation, students will be encouraged to present clinical information in a different format, thus developing their communication and presentation.
Real world sense ​​Both theory and practice are equally weighted within nursing curricula,meaning that it is important that classroom subjects are applicable within the practicable nature of the clinical environment, thus giving the taught component a real-world sense. All taught subjects will therefore relate back to clinical practice. In addition, year 2, students can bring their clinical learning back to the classroom, through discussion of experiences and observations, students can further enable development
Reflection Reflection will continue to be promoted within this module, and students will be encouraged to actively participate within their clinical supervision groups; as the module progresses, students will though be encouraged to take control on their reflective groups and guide reflective discussions autonomously.  In addition, students will be expected to complete a reflective essay, which reflects on the caring for a patient with a life-limiting condition
Subject Specific Skills ​​Students will further develop their knowledge and skills in: professional nursing practice in relation to complex field specific nursing, ​understanding how care/health policies influence practice, ​identifying how societal-cultural concepts influences health, ​nursing patients with life-limiting conditions, ​disease processes, symptom management, end of life care, ​understanding death and dying, explore the grieving process, ​discussing how legal, moral-ethical decision impact on health


This module is at CQFW Level 5