Define and explain the chosen concept of care, giving a clear description of its relevance to your field of nursing practice (e.g. Adult). (Learning Outcome 1).

Essay: Exploring a key nursing concept. Word Count: 1500

You are required to choose a key nursing concept from the list below that applies to professional nursing practice in your chosen field of practice (e.g. Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disability). You need to clearly define the concept of care and give a clear rationale why this is important to your field of nursing practice. It should be explored, and an explanation provided of how this concept relates to the role of the nurse in providing quality care, and to the patient experience. Commentary on its significance to informing your practice as a future nurse is also required.

Examples of Key nursing concepts of care:

Communication

Advocacy (and Empowerment)

Dignity & Respect

Confidentiality

Accountability

Module Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1

Be able to begin to explore the core concepts and theory of nursing.

Learning Outcome 2

Be able to understand the principles of contemporary nursing practice in all fields.

Learning Outcome 3

Be able to engage with people and build caring professional and ethical relationships to enable delivery of person centred care.

Essay Structure

1. Introduction (150 words). An introduction generally needs to answer the following 3 questions.

a. What? The introduction must begin by clearly explaining what the essay is about. This section needs to explain in your own words what is required in the assignment brief given above.

b. How? The second part of the introduction needs to outline how the essay will be structured. You need to summarise the details given in point 2 below.

c. Why? An introduction needs to articulate why the topic under consideration is of significance.

2. Discussion (1200 words)

a. Define and explain the chosen concept of care, giving a clear description of its relevance to your field of nursing practice (e.g. Adult). (Learning Outcome 1).

b. Explore and discuss how the concept links to contemporary nursing practice and excellent quality of care in your field of nursing practice. (Learning Outcome 2).

c. Explore the importance of the chosen concept in engaging with people who use health and or other related services. (Learning Outcome 3).

d. Explain how the chosen concept can facilitate the development of caring professional and ethical relationships to enable the delivery of person/family centred care. (Learning Outcome 3).

e. Discuss the significance of the chosen concept in informing your future nursing practice. (Learning Outcome 2).

3. Conclusion (150 words)

Summary. Summarise the key learning points that have emerged from your discussion above.
Recommendations. Make recommendations on what needs to be done in light of your findings and conclusions.
References. Appropriate referencing is an important element of academic writing. Ensure that you have used the most up-to-date Harvard Referencing Guide available from the library. Please be aware that the referencing guide is regularly updated.
Appendices. Appendices serve both the writer, and the reader of your essay. In an appendix, you can include material that complements your work but that would be distracting or too long in the text of the essay. It should not however, be information that does not complement what is already in the text. Therefore, material in an appendix must be relevant to the essay, and links and references between the appendix and the essay need to be made in the main text.
Generic Marking Scheme – Undergraduate

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Descriptor

86 – 100

The standard achieved is exceptional and the work provides clear evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved with many at an exceptional standard.

76 – 85

The standard achieved is outstanding and the work provides clear evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved with many at an outstanding standard.

70 – 75

The standard achieved is excellent and the work provides clear evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved with many at an excellent standard.

65 – 69

The standard achieved is very good and the work provides clear evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved with many at a very good standard.

60 – 64

The standard achieved is good and the work provides evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved with many at a good standard.

55 – 59

The standard achieved is satisfactory and the work provides evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved with many at a satisfactory standard.

50 – 54

The standard achieved is acceptable and the work provides evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved mostly at an acceptable standard.

45 – 49

The standard achieved is acceptable and the work provides evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved though quite a few are only achieved at a basic standard.

40 – 44

Marginal pass

The standard achieved is basic and the work provides evidence that the knowledge, understanding and skills are at a level appropriate to the level of study. There is evidence showing that all the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved mostly at a basic standard.

35 – 39

Marginal fail

The standard achieved is weak and the work provides evidence of insufficient knowledge, understanding and/or skills appropriate to the level of study, although some of the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved.

30 – 34

The standard achieved is very weak and the work provides evidence of insufficient knowledge, understanding and/or skills appropriate to the level of study. The evidence shows that some of the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved OR that none is achieved but there is evidence that many of the learning outcomes may be almost achieved.

20 – 29

The standard achieved is unacceptable and the work provides little evidence of the knowledge, understanding and/or skills appropriate to the level of study. The evidence shows that few, if any, of the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved.

10 – 19

The standard achieved is unacceptable and the work provides very little evidence of the knowledge, understanding and/or skills appropriate to the level of study. The evidence shows that very few, if any, of the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved.

0-9

The standard achieved is unacceptable and the work provides negligible or no evidence of the knowledge, understanding and/or skills appropriate to the level of study. The evidence fails to show that any of the learning outcomes appropriate to that level are achieved.

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