Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-30158: Critical Care
Mode of Study:Trimester 1/September
Contact Details:Contact School of Nursing and Midwifery - 01782 679611
Contact email:nursing.cpd@keele.ac.uk
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Fees: Click for details

Following the National Standards for Critical Care Education (2013) the curriculum model of this pathway consists of a core standard of learning designed to achieve set learning outcomes to enhance the level 1 & 2 National competencies. These include theoretical knowledge and practical skills which are transferable across various conurbations, and have been mapped against the Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF).

This module aims to attract practitioners working within critical care who wish to enhance evidence based knowledge and analytical skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care that critical care patients (level 2 & 3 ) and families receive. It acknowledges the dynamic and critical situation of the patient and the practitioners role within this context whilst seeking to develop individual expertise. The individuality and diversity of practitioners and specialised units is recognised by a varied and broad curricula which is designed to develop a competent practitioner with transferable critical care skills.

This module forms part of the Graduate Certificate (Critical Care), where the achievement of the outcomes are further complimented by the simultaneous undertaking of the Clinical Practice module, where the practitioner has
the opportunity to complete all of the given outcomes in their own clinical setting, guided by a focused and specific clinical competency framework. The final module within the Graduate Certificate (Critical Care) is the Evidence Based Practice module, which facilitates the application of theory to the practitioners own practice area.

This module is a core module for the BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice (Critical Care) pathway
This module may be undertaken as a stand alone/elective module within the Bsc (Hons) award for another pathway.

Normally, Clinical Practice, NUR-30163 is taken alongside this module.

 

The aim of the Critical Care pathway is to enhance evidence based knowledge and analytical skills in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care that Critical care patients and families receive – considering both acute and chronic conditions within the context of contemporary healthcare policy. It acknowledges the dynamic and critical situation of the patient and the practitioner’s role within this context whilst seeking to develop individual expertise and acknowledging that critical care services are proactive and dynamic.

The individuality and diversity of practitioners and specialised units is recognised by a varied and broad curricula which is designed to develop a competent practitioner with transferable critical care skills, that focuses on patients’ needs, saving lives, recognising acutely ill patients, initiating early treatment, supporting patients through critical illness or where appropriate enable a dignified death.

 

Normally hold a Professional registration with an appropriate body and with a minimum of 12 months current clinical experience in Critical Care

Total Study Hours: 300

Evidence based practice including the use of care bundles

Respiratory physiology and pathophysiology including blood gas analysis

Causes of respiratory failure

Respiratory management including - Invasive and non-invasive ventilation (modes & weaning), BiPAP, CPAP, oxygen therapy and administration. The use of artificial airways and adjuncts.

Cardiac physiology and pathophysiology including coagulation, ECG interpretation, shock

Cardiac disease processes and cardiac emergencies/ arrhythmias

Haemodynamic monitoring techniques/skills to include arterial, central venous pressure, cardiac output measurement from a range of devices such Pulmonary artery flotation catheters, oesophageal doppler, and mixed methods of cardiac output measurement.

Therapeutic management of a patient undergoing cardiac intervention & surgery including TEG, blood products, blood conservation strategies, cellsavers, pacing, IABP,ventricular assisted devices.

Management of shock - including sepsis, cardiogenic,, neurogenic, anaphylactic, hypovolaemic.

Pathophysiology and management of renal and liver disorders - including renal failure(acute and chronic)

Fluid management

Management of renal failure including renal replacement therapies and its related modes of treatments.

Pathophysiology of the gastro-intestinal tract, disorders and nutrition

Hepatic physiology and disorders

Immunology and Endocrinology physiology including diabetic emergencies

Neurology physiology and disorders - including temperature regulation, and cerebral vascular disorders

Monitoring and observational assessment inclusive of neurological assessment/ observations

Infection prevention issues including sepsis/SIRS management, care bundle and survive sepsis campaign

Assessment and monitoring of all systems

Preparation for and post operative management

Management of acute situations/emergencies including Advanced Life support skills

Management of multi-organ failure

Trauma management including burns, near drowning, blast injury, spinal injury

Assessment of health & diagnostic reasoning

Diagnostic investigations - management & interpretation

Pharmacology including inotropes, vasopressors, sedation, analgesia, cardiac therapy

Psychological care of the critically ill - including sensory deprivation, overload, sleep disorder and delirium

Interprofessional working to include communication with patients, families and multidisciplinary team

Reflective practice, professional & contemporary issues in critical care

Political, legal, ethical, sociological and moral dilemmas for the critical care nurse

Relatives/ significant others influences/ needs for the nurse

End of life care/issues- including brain stem death, & organ donation

No. 01: Assessment Type: Assignment
  Assessment Marking Scheme: Assessment rule 40%
  Brief Description: 3000 word critical review of an aspect of critical care practice
  Contribution to the module mark: 50% Qualifying Mark: 40%
  Apply For Exemption from Anonymous Assessment: No
  Optional Detailed Description of Assessment: To include the exploration of the politico-professional evidence based nature of critical care practice and making recommendations for practice development

No. 02: Assessment Type: Poster Presentation
  Assessment Marking Scheme: Assessment rule 40%
  Brief Description: Present an educational poster relating to a condition/management/therapeutic intervention
  Contribution to the module mark: 50% Qualifying Mark: 40%
  Apply For Exemption from Anonymous Assessment: Yes
  Optional Detailed Description of Assessment: Following discussion with the local manager the student is to produce an educational poster relating to the management of a specific condition, its intervention required and the physiological rationale for this. This will be presented (15 minutes) to peers, colleagues and invited members of clinical practice who will be part of a group to utilise question and answers to ensure theory can be applied to practice.