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MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Pain Management

Unit code NURS61192
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit provides an introduction to pain management in the clinical setting. It is designed to increase the
nursing practitioner’s awareness of the process of pain and the methods available to control it.
The method of delivery is a blended 50:50 approach where the content is delivered face to face and online.
It consists of three individualised scenarios designed to give an appreciation of all areas of pain and
pain management. Classroom sessions and online resources are available specific to each scenario to
help facilitate and aid student exploration. These include lectures, reference lists, links to recognised
websites and all course materials

Aims

  • To provide the practicing nurse with a comprehensive evaluative overview of the physiological, behavioural and socio-cultural aspects of caring for patients in pain.
  • To increase the practitioner’s awareness of the process of pain and critically evaluate the importance of pain assessment and available methods of assessing pain.
  • To critically analyse current issues in pain management using a theoretical approach.
  • To enhance the practitioners use of research evidence to develop and improve pain management practice within their clinical environment

Teaching and learning methods

The method of delivery is a blended 50:50 approach where the content is delivered face to face and online.
It consists of three individualised scenarios designed to give an appreciation of all areas of pain and
pain management. Classroom sessions and online resources are available specific to each scenario to
help facilitate and aid student exploration. These include lectures, reference lists, links to recognised
websites and all course materials
The three online EBL scenarios (Acute pain, Chronic Non-Malignant pain and Chronic Malignant pain)
are investigated stepwise using triggers within each theme, Preparation, Assessment, Intervention and
Normalisation (PAIN). These triggers allow the student to comprehensively identify and solve the
problems associated with each PBL scenario. The classroom activities are designed to facilitate and
expand exploration of the subject and its application to clinical practice.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically analyse the physiological, psychological, behavioural and sociological aspects of pain and their potential influence on pain and pain perception
  • Demonstrate advanced scholarship and appreciation of the different types of pain and critically analyse how management may be similar and /or differ in each situation
  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge and understanding and critically analyse the different treatment strategies pharmacological and nonpharmacological and their application in clinical practice.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically evaluate and analyse current scholarship and research associated with pain management 
  • Identify through critical analysis and synthesis of pain management research, an area requiring strategies for innovation in practice
  • Examine models of change and/or quality improvement strategies to identify ways of developing pain management practice in complex and unpredictable situations
  • Reflect on how learning about pain management may be used to develop professionally, including future research and/ or practice development

Practical skills

  • C1 Refer to theory and literature to demonstrate the ability to creatively and independently assess plan implement and evaluate the care of the adult in pain, taking into account physical, psychological, socio-cultural and environmental factors that are complex and unpredictable.
  • Make independent decisions that are based on evidence and research for an individual experiencing pain
  • Identify critical awareness of aspects of practice leading to new insights, innovation, improvement and enhancement that could be made in light of the review and analysis of evidence based practice
  • Identify one area of pain management practice where currently best evidence may not be used adequately and apply original thought to develop a detailed strategy for a practice development or innovation in relation to these areas and strategies for dissemination of the change.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop information technology skills.
  • Participate in collaborative learning, facilitate and support other unit participants
  • Foster autonomous and independent learning including future developments in pain management practice
  • Demonstrate leadership and autonomous practice in relation to managing pain
  • Communication and dissemination of learning, innovation and/or practice development to colleagues and a wider audience through various means, including: on-line, study days, conferences and publication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 40
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 108

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Clifford Richardson Unit coordinator

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