This module focuses on the practice of critically care nursing and is predominantly self-directed and work-based. Following an initial launch students will work in their practice area over the course of the module to achieve a set of national competencies. Students will also build a portfolio of evidence demonstrating applied specialist knowledge, critical evaluation and reflection. Workshops are provided in each semester of the module to support the development of the practice portfolio.
This module introduces the theory underpinning care of the critically ill adult patient. The module will establish the historical and current context of Critical Care services within the United Kingdom and identify key priorities and over-arching themes of care within the specialty. The module then considers a number of different areas of critical care considering the relevant: anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology and psychosocial aspects of treatment and nursing care. The module requires students to consider and critically analyse the evidence base for care provided, discussion of which is included in the module.
Following on from Adult Critical Care Nursing Theory 1, this module develops and extends discussion of the theory underpinning care of the critically ill adult patient. The module will consider a number of different topics including those addressing advanced support for patients requiring level 3 critical care. For each topic the relevant anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, and psychosocial aspects of treatment and nursing care will be considered. The module requires students to reflect on and critically evaluate care provided and to be able to discuss and articulate the rationale for core areas of critical care nursing practice.