Assessment Brief Unit Title Essential Nursing Skills and Practice Unit Code NUR016-1 Unit Co-ordinator Deborah Swann Assessment Weighting 20% Assessment Title / Number Reflective Account Word limits / Time limits 1,000 Submission Date / Week Week 22 of the unit 23nd May 2019 Student Cohort / Group 18B/19A Assessment Task Reflective account of skills development in which you review your learning and practice in relation to one skill you have learnt Learning Outcomes This assessment meets the following learning outcomes: Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit you should be able to: Perform a range of nursing care skills safely and compassionately, providing evidence-based rationale Communicate effectively with service users, families, carers and other health professionals, demonstrating a compassionate and respectful approach which promotes dignity and comfort Guidelines for this Assessment Write a reflective account in which you demonstrate your developing knowledge and performance in relation to an identified nursing skill using a model of reflection of your choice. You need toIdentify a specific skill • Using a model of reflection write an account in which you demonstrate your learning and emerging confidence in practising one skill Demonstrate your understanding of the significance of the skill to the care of patients • Use appropriate academic sources to support your work Your essay should be fully referenced using the Harvard system – refer to the University referencing guidelines for full details . Marking Criteria for this Assessment Markers will take the following criteria into account when allocating marks: This assignment will be graded against the marking criteria which can be found in the course handbook. The marker will also consider  Demonstration of achievements of the learning outcomes and assessment task  The degree in which you have met them • Correct use and application of a reflective model • Inclusion of the required reference list Word Allowance for this Assessment The word allowance for this essay is 1,000 words ? You may exceed the word allowance by 10% without penalty. ? All words used in the assignment (Introduction, Body and Conclusion) are included in the word count. It is normal for the computer to ‘count’ all words including tables, diagrams, references in the text and direct quotes. ? The word limit does not include the reference list ? You should state the word count at the end of the assignment after the conclusion If an assignment presented for marking falls outside these guidelines, the marking team may downgrade the assignment Confidentiality in this Assessment Anonymity in relation to service users and carers must be maintained at all times in coursework and related appendices. You must not use any information which could reveal the identity of service users or carers. Such information includes the patient or client’s personal details and the name of the care setting or care provider. Breaches of confidentiality will be treated as a serious matter and may lead to a refer grade being given. Tips on Maintaining Confidentiality in Assignments Markers sometimes find it difficult to judge whether identifying information has been used in assignments or whether pseudonyms have been used. To avoid any confusion you are advised to adhere to the following guidelines:If you use a fictitious name (pseudonym) for a service user or carer make it clear that it is not the person’s real name Use role titles and, if necessary, a pseudonym when referring to colleagues within your place of work and make it clear that it is not the person’s real name If including copies of care documents within an assignment conceal identifying information and then photocopy the document. Include the photocopy in your assignment.  If it is relevant to the assignment to provide some information concerning your place of work, give only broad details e.g. a medical ward in a large city, a community mental health team in a rural area.  Before submission check your work, including all appendices, for failure to preserve anonymity. Writing Style Writing in the first person, that is using the word ‘I’, is ONLY acceptable for reflective accounts or case studies. All other work must be written and submitted using the third person method. Please ask the unit teaching team for further advice on how to write in the third person. Guidelines for Presenting Written Assignments The following guidelines should be followed: all written assignments must be word processed  the recommended font style is Arial 11 or 12.use line spacing of 1.5 or double spacing throughout use A4 size white paper number each page clearly  the unit title and Student ID must be included as either a header or footer on every page (except front page)  create margins of at least 2.5 cms on all sides of each page  the front / title page should contain your name and ID, the name of the University, the name of your course, the unit code / title and the title of the assessment  state the number of words written at the end of the assignment after the conclusion. start the reference list on a new page and adhere to Harvard referencing guidelines number any appendices for ease of cross referencing and ensure that they are referred to in the text by the relevant number  a high standard of presentation is expected and this includes accurate referencing, attention to layout, grammar and spelling. Extend of Collaboration Allowed There is no collaboration allowed for this assessment. All work should be an individual piece of work. However, it is advisable to discuss your ideas with the unit leader within the first couple of weeks. Expected Standards in Assignments University study is intended to increase your ability to have independent and critical thought. The rules and conventions of academic writing are designed to achieve this. These rules are much the same as for a first year essay as for an article in a prestigious academic journal.  Each piece of coursework you produce at University should always be in your own work.  The work should make use of your own ideas, results and experiences, and your understanding of the ideas of others.  Your work must be original for each assignment. Work that has already been assessed in a previous unit cannot be re-submitted for assessment within a later unit. However, it may be appropriate to use an extract from previously produced work accompanied by reflective comments or commentary and referenced appropriately to illustrate development of knowledge, skills and attitudes since the extract was first written. Where assignments are based on authorised group work or project work, the material you submit for assessment must be your own work. Where it is appropriate to report on any collaborative work undertaken you must present your own interpretation of that work.  You must always reference the source of copied or paraphrased material, whether from a book, journal, newspaper, or the Internet, and provide full details of the source in a reference list. This is to inform the reader about where it can be found, and to give credit to the author(s) On occasion it may be appropriate to use a direct quotation from a published source of material. In such cases this must be indicated using quotation marks and referenced accordingly. However, markers will not expect your work to rely heavily on direct quotations. They need to assess your understanding of what you have read and your ability for independent thought so you should use your own words as much as possible.