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1. Demonstrate the ability to accurately gather and process all information from the assessment process to identify needs for planning individualised nursing care.

Module: NUR5078

M2.1- Complex care 1: Assessment & Planning (Case Study)

Case Study Guideline

Learning Outcomes for this assignment:

Successful completion of this assessment will further your understanding and demonstrate your learning of:

1. Demonstrate the ability to accurately gather and process all information from the assessment process to identify needs for planning individualised nursing care.

2. Use evidence based assessment tools and accurately interpret their findings and take appropriate actions when planning care.

3. Compare and contrast the communication skills required to care for people with health problems and their families in complex, challenging and sensitive health care situations.

4. Examine the principles of courage, transparency and professional duty of candour within the demands of professional practice for individuals with complex healthcare needs and their families.


Assessment method

Written assessment: A critical analysis of the assessment and planning of care related to a specific case study (1500 words).

Rationale for method

A nursing case study can provide in-depth analysis and structured learning around clinical processes. A choice of pre formulated case studies enables you to demonstrate skills of assessment, action planning and delivery of care within a complex care situation. It gives you an opportunity to apply theory to practice, supporting you to gain important knowledge to provide rationale for your actions and decisions.

Content related to the case studies will be threaded through the taught component of the module to support you in identifying the theory underpinning assessment and planning in complex situations.

Through this assessment method, application and interpretation of evidence based assessments and safe effective professional nursing interventions can be demonstrated using clinically relevant case studies (learning outcomes 1 and 2).

A case study approach also enables you to demonstrate a holistic approach to care, to reflect and appraise communication skills and to consider other professional principles (learning outcomes 3 and 4)

Assessment outline

For this assessment, you need to choose one of the module case studies used within the module i.e. Maggie, Matilda, Anton or Semina.

You will need to structure your assignment appropriately with an informative introduction which introduces the requirements of the case study.

(approx. 100 words)

You will need to:

ü  Identify and discuss evidence-based assessment(s), frameworks or tool(s) that are specifically related to the individual and circumstance within your chosen case study (learning outcome 2).

ü  Discuss the purpose of the assessment(s), frameworks or tool(s) and justify your choice. Provide rationales of the benefits and challenges to the use of this assessment(s), frameworks or tool(s) within your chosen case study.


For example:

  • Why is this an appropriate assessment, framework or tool(s) for your chosen individual?
  • How will it support you in gaining an in-depth history and the planning of care related to your case study?
  • What might be the difficulties? (learning outcomes 1 and 2).

ü  Discuss the required communication skills related to your case study (and their family) in order to utilise the assessment(s), framework or tool(s) you have identified (learning outcome 3).

ü  Within this section, you will need to examine the principles of courage, transparency and professional duty of candour related to your chosen case study. You need to outline each one of these individually to pass this learning outcome (learning outcome 4).

(approx. 1000 words)

ü  You will need to discuss the recommendations of care that you make for your chosen case study based on your assessment.

(learning outcome 1 and 2).

(approx. 300 words)

ü  You will need to structure your assignment appropriately, with a conclusion which summarises the main points you have discussed. (approx. 100 words)

Final submission:

  • You will be required to submit your discussion and analysis of your case study for summative assessment.
  • Referencing and critical analysis should be evident throughout.
  • The Harvard referencing system must be used.


Additional Assessment Guidance

For your assessments at level 5, you will need to demonstrate effective use of resources to support your statements. Make sure you use current and good quality evidence to support your discussions.

You will also need to demonstrate that you are developing critical analysis skills. There are resources on the module moodle page, iCity as well as being widely available online, in order to support your development in this area.

Remember PDD are also able to offer guidance – do look at their resources on the module Moodle page.

Top tips!

ü  Ensure that you only focus on one or two key areas in relation to the assessment: don’t try to discuss too many aspects/frameworks/ tools as this will lack depth and you will lose marks. Make a decision about the most appropriate one(s) for your chosen case study.

ü  You might like to use headings to structure your assignment

ü  Refer to your assessment brief and learning

outcomes frequently to check that you have covered everything you need to: It is easy to be side-tracked!

ü  Look at your feedback from level 4: what were the elements you needed to work on? Remember, this is a level 5 assessment, so please review the level 5 assessment criteria, which is available on the module Moodle page.

ü  Please remember to engage with all the module resources to support you in being successful in your assessment. There will be clearly identified ways you can ask questions about the assessment throughout the Moodle page. The module team is here to support you!

Assessment Scope Explanation of the scope and range of the assessment.

1500 words Case Study

Feedback Scope Expectations of feedback in terms of

You will receive feedback during the module to help support your development throughout the course and help to develop your critical thinking for the assignment.

You will receive summative written feedback on your submission in 20 working days of it being received. The


timing, format, feed forward, etc.

feedback will outline the key strengths and areas for development in your submission, and suggest strategies you might apply to future assignments. You will also receive a clear indication of your achievement against each of the learning outcomes.


You are reminded of the University’s Disciplinary Procedures that refer to plagiarism. A copy of the Disciplinary Procedure is available from iCity.

Except where the assessment of an assignment is group based, the final piece of work that is submitted must be your own work. Close similarity between assignments is likely to lead to an investigation for cheating.

You must also ensure that you acknowledge all sources you have used.

Submissions that are considered to be the result of collusion or plagiarism will be dealt with under the University’s Disciplinary Procedures, and the penalty may involve the loss of academic credits.

If you have any doubts about the extent to which you are allowed to collaborate with your colleagues, or the conventions for acknowledging the sources you have used, you should first of all consult module documentation and, if still unclear, your tutor.

You are advised to make us of turn-it-in in for self- evaluation in this area.


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