Concepts of Professionalism in Nursing NURSING4031

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will explore professional nursing practice to prepare students to lead professionally, make evidence-base decisions, promote a learning culture, and understand strategic planning in healthcare.


Teaching consists of weekly sessions across one semester

Requirements of Entry

To enter Year 4 of the BN (Hons) programme, students must normally have attained a grade C or better at first attempt in Developing Knowledge for Nursing and Health 2 and Advancing Knowledge for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3, and a grade D or better in all other components of summative assessment in Years 2 and 3 including practice learning and achieved all the NMC platforms and proficiencies required for Year 3.

Excluded Courses



Component 1 - 20% weighting, practical in teaching, learning and assessment and written report (ILO 1, 2, 5 & 6).

Component 2 - 80% weighting, written assignment (2500 words +/-10%) on professionalism in nursing practice (ILO 1, 2,3, 4 & 5)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

For attainment of course credit, reassessments are normally available for all components of summative assessment if a minimum of a Grade D is not achieved at the first attempt. Reassessments are normally taken at the next available opportunity.

Reassessments are not normally available for components of assessment that contribute to Honours progression, or to Honours classification if the threshold course grade is not achieved at the first attempt.

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with an opportunity to:

Explore the concepts of professionalism in nursing. 

Evaluate leadership and management theories that apply to professional nursing practice.

Examine the importance of being a role model in nursing.

Participate in the sharing and dissemination of evidence-informed nursing practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge and understanding of leadership and management theories in nursing.

2. Discuss the importance of strategic planning in nursing and healthcare. 

3. Appraise theories of motivation, negotiation, and decision-making to nursing practice. 

4. Evaluate models of change management in healthcare.

5. Critically discuss professional qualities necessary to support person-centred practice.

6. Develop and implement evidence-based strategies to support learning, supervision and assessment in nursing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

A minimum of a Grade D in all components of summative assessment.

For all components of assessments, 100% submission of assessments is normally required.