This module is aimed at nurses, midwives and health care professionals who are normally in clinical practice for a minimum of four days a month. It aims to develop students clinical decision-making and reflective skills and enhance metacognitive analysis. Students will critically explore the theoretical underpinnings and application of clinical decision-making processes, reflective tools and underpinning epistemologies of practice. A detailed reflective account of a clinical decision made and consideration of a range of alternative strategies that could have been utilised will be made. The implications for professional knowledge, skills and wider strategic planning will also be considered.
The module is a shared module with level 3 students, and masters level students will be expected to undertake wider reading and discuss within small interprofessional group tutorials. This module is suitable to be taken as a stand alone module or for continuing professional education purposes. This is an optional module for the Clinical Studies MSc.