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Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Principles of Adult Critical and Intensive Care Nursing
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Nursing & Midwifery|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This is a year 2 ‘discovery unit’ available to all students as a choice from a menu of options. The unit provides an overview of care that takes place in an adult critical and intensive care environment.
- Facilitate the student to develop the knowledge, skills and professional values that underpin safe, evidence-based, contemporary adult critical care.
- Facilitate the student to develop a greater understanding of the impact of an admission to a critical care environment from a physiological, psychological and family perspective.
- Develop student’s understanding of the underpinning pathophysiology of critical illness and the aetiological factors, which may contribute to the development of an acute illness.
- Facilitate the student to develop a greater understanding of the ethical issues which can arise in a critical care environment.
The LO’s are linked to the following NMC (2018) Standards of proficiency for registered nurses 1.21.11 1.12 1.13 1.14
Teaching and learning methods
- Evidence based nursing in the contemporary critical care environment
- Critical Care continuum – care beyond the department
- Physiology and pathophysiology in relation to assessment of the critically ill adult
- Physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology during the monitoring and support of the critically ill adult
- Humanising critical care and the psychological care of the adult critically ill patient and their family.
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate awareness of the critical care continuum from pre-admission to post-discharge.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology that informs the assessment, monitoring and support of the critically ill adult.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological care of the adult critically ill patient and their family.
- Identify and explain the underpinning evidence which support decision making in critical care.
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of inter-professional team working within critical care.
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance and challenges of respecting individual’s rights and choices within critical care.
- Identify the factors which contribute to a prolonged critical care stay and the risk of a prolonged admission.
- Recognise the problem solving processes associated with the management of critically ill patients and their families.
- Discuss the ethical issues surrounding consent and the disclosure of information about the patient’s condition relating to knowledge and awareness of the truth regarding their diagnosis.
- Identify the factors that contribute to the development of delirium within critical care.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Demonstrate understanding of the evidenced based rationales for care and treatment within critical care.
- Reflect on their own knowledge and skills in relation to critical care nursing.
- Develop skills of decision making, prioritising, team working and self-awareness.
- Participate in collaborative learning and peer support.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
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 undergraduate 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.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Samantha Freeman||Unit coordinator|