NMHS42580 Clinical Practicum

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module enables you to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of specialist theory to patient care, and will require participants to demonstrate competency within their area of specialist practice (Breast Care Nursing).

Repeat assessment on this module means that a student will have one opportunity to undertake the module after the first fail grade has been submitted to the Programme Exam Board.

The timeframe for the repeat assessment will be a one trimester clinical placement in the trimester following the original trimester offering.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion you will be able to:

Demonstrate competency in the six domains outlined in the Clinical Competency Assessment Tool (CCAT).
Demonstrate evidence of leadership, quality, and patient safety in your clinical practice
Demonstrate how professional competency will be demonstrated on an ongoing basis.
Demonstrate awareness of the importance of professionalism, and individual and collective responsibility for the delivery of high-quality and safe patient care.

Indicative Module Content:

The concepts of leadership, quality and patient safety; strategies for teamwork and effective communication

Disease and treatment related complications

Nursing assessment and management

Physical and psychosocial support

Patient centred care

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Self-directed learning, lectures, peer discussions and shared learning; group reflections, group and individual feedback on assessments, clinical placements, practical assessments in the clinical area 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Completion of level 8 (UCD 3) modules or equivalent (Consideration of application for prior experiential learning (RPEL) if no degree)

•Registration with NMBI as a Registered General Nurse (RGN)
•Minimum of one year’s experience in breast care nursing
• Must work a minimum of 75 hours per month in a cancer unit or related cancer setting (caring for patients with breast cancer) prior to commencing, and for the duration of the programme.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
NMHS42860 and NMHS 42580 should normally be taken together as part of the Breast Care Nursing strand. The only exception is where students have successfully completed one module but need to repeat the other module.

Clinical Practicum BreastCare (NMHS40430), Clinical Practicum BreastCare (NURS40430)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Clinical Assessment (Clinical Competency Assessment Tool (CCAT), Clinical Learning Outcomes (CLO), Reflective Diary, Group discussion and reflection) Varies over the Trimester n/a Not yet recorded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedforward and feedback provide you with information regarding the type, breadth and depth of detail that is required to meet the learning outcomes of the module. Feedforward and feedback provide you with information on areas such as knowledge, understanding, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and academic writing.

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Brown, C.G. (2015) A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management (2nd edn.). Pittsburgh: Oncology Nursing Society.

Lister, S., Dougherty, L. and McNamara, L. (Eds.) (2019) The Royal Marsden Manual of Cancer Nursing Procedures. Wiley Blackwell.

Wilkes, G.M. and Barton-Burke, M. (2020) 2020-2021 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.