Broadening perspective nursing
Course work one requires student to produce two, one thousand word reflective assignments. Each assignment must address at least one of the areas identified by the NMC e.g. communication, compassion etc. The word limit suggests one area per essay would be best. It may be reasonable to address the same topic in both essays as a comparative study but this must be approved by a lecturer before commencing the work and must demonstrate extensive development of the theme.
Each of these assignments should investigate an area of nursing outside of the domain for which the student is training. Adult nurses may select from mental health nursing, childrens nursing, maternity care, care of the elderly or learning disabilities. Mental health nurses clearly must choose anything other than mental health. Learning disabilities is an option available for mental health students.
A reflective model should be demonstrated and be used to structure the work. Accordingly, these assignments should emphasise the first person singular (‘I’ statements) rather than the detached third person analytical expressions usually associated with academic work in Nursing. Since both assignments will be submitted as one unit of work it is unnecessary