Write a 2500 word essay to discuss the Scope and value of ophthalmic nursing in operating theatres (ophthalmic theatres) and how this contributes to ophthalmic care. Aspects of skills development, ethical and professional considerations must be adequately addressed and supported by current relevant literature.
Expectations of what to include in your submission
• A comprehensive, coherent and well-structured essay
• Good grammar, spelling and sentence construction (use spell-checker).
• A clear, concise and inviting introduction providing an overview of the essay including specialist area – ophthalmic operating theatres
• A good discussion on issues pertinent to relevant education, training and competencies – ophthalmic nursing in theatres
• Addressing aspects of accountability (documentation, WHO checklist, consent form), role boundaries and patient safely in relation to ophthalmic nurse in theatres. How your role extended when you became ophthalmic nurse practitioner (senior nurse) in theatres? What skill you gain (for example: technical skills to work with latest ophthalmic equipment, organisational, communication in multidisciplinary team(surgeons, anaesthetic doctors, nurses), thinking ahead, caring skills, role of patient advocate, ethical and legal aspect of nursing in ophthalmic theatres). Dealing with current issues in operating theatres – Covid updates and precautions, longer waiting list for operations (how this impact patient’s quality of life). Cultural awareness
What stands you up as ophthalmic nurse practitioner in theatres? What’s your career prospects, further development?
Concentration on perioperative care.
• Clear articulation of professional roles and responsibilities of a nurse in ophthalmic theatres including clinical, education/training, integrated care systems, evidence based practice, patient experience, service improvement and self-development are how these are influenced by local and external drivers
• Clear and succinct conclusion summarising the main topic and highlighting the major points and current issues in practice.
You should use current evidence and reference accurately using the Harvard style of referencing. Preferably UK books and articles, NICE guidelines, NMC, Institute of Ophthalmology guidelines, Moorfields eye hospital guidelines ect.
If you have any relevant documents etc. that do not need to be in the main body, you may put them in the appendix and you must make sure that you make reference to them in the main body of your essay.
• Critical writing which is consistent with a level 7 module.
The essay should be 2500 words long excluding references. You have a 10 % leeway on the word count without a penalty, but going beyond the 10 % leeway would result in a penalty. If your work exceeds the specified maximum length by more than 10 %, the mark will be reduced by ten percentage marks, but the penalised mark will not be reduced below the pass mark, assuming that the work merits a Pass. Note that the word count applies from the first word of the introduction to the conclusion. The title page, text in tables, captions on figures and tables, and appendices do not count. If appendices are used, these should not contain essential information or be used to hide extra words.
Higher marks awarded
Medium to high marks awarded
Few marks awarded
Minimal marks awarded
Well-presented, appropriate font, student number and title included on the title page. Good sentence construction, no errors in spelling, grammar or mechanics. The flow is excellent across sections and within sections. Style of writing is academically sound, coherent and comprehensive.
Good presentation, appropriate font, student number and title included on the title page. Minor errors is sentence construction, grammar, spelling or mechanics. Good flow and comprehensive.
Fair presentation. Student number or title missing from the title page. Significant errors in sentence construction, grammar, spellings, mechanics. Flow somewhat disorganised but fairly comprehensive.
(2-0) Poor presentation. Significant errors in sentence construction, grammar, spellings or mechanics interfering with readability and understanding of the text.
Clear, concise, inviting and provides an overview of the essay including specialist area.
Provides an overview of the essay and main topics are stated.
Main topics are stated but essay overview is not provided.
(2-0) Introduction is unclear or missing.
Skills development (20)
20 – 15
Issues pertinent to relevant education, training and competencies are adequately addressed.
Issues pertinent to education, training and competencies are addressed but there are omissions on some of the relevant elements.
9 – 5
Issues pertinent to education, training and competencies are inadequately addressed
4 – 0
Issues pertinent to education, training and competencies are scantly addressed/not addressed.
Ethical issues (20)
20 – 15
Aspects of accountability, role boundaries and patient safely have been adequately addressed in relation to specialist practice.
Some aspects of accountability, role boundaries and patient safely have not been addressed in relation to specialist practice.
9 – 5
Most of the aspects around accountability, role boundaries and patient safely have not been addressed in relation to specialist practice.
4 – 0
Aspects of accountability, role boundaries and patient safely relation to specialist practice are unclear.
20 – 15
Professional role and responsibilities including clinical, education/training, MDT/interdisciplinary team working relationships, best practice/evidence based practice, patient experience, service improvement and self-development are clearly articulated including local and external influence on ophthalmic practice and the ophthalmic nursing role from a broader context.
Some elements of professional roles and responsibilities have not been fully addressed.
9 – 5
Most of the professional roles and responsibilities have not been discussed.
4 – 0
There is lack of clarity on professional roles and responsibilities.
Clear and succinct conclusion summarising the main topic and highlighting the major points and current issues in practice.
Conclusion summarises the main points of the topic.
(4-3) Some of the main pints have been summarised.
(2-0) Conclusion is unclear or absent.
Appropriate referencing consistent with the Harvard style using a range of academic sources. There is consistency between in- text citation and the reference list.
(7-5) Referencing follows the Harvard style but there are some minor errors in the referencing.
(4-3) A fair attempt to reference appropriately using the Harvard style but there are some citation errors or too few references have been used.
(2-0) Referencing not consistent with Harvard style. Very few or no references cited.
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