To demonstrate in depth understanding of the contemporary issues underpinning the development of specialist knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the critically ill adult.
You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the University and your programme of study. Alternatively classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.
The running of this module will be subject to the amount of interest prior to starting.
This module can be studied as part of the PgC Practice Development: Acute and Critical Care or drawn into the MSc Practice Development.
Applied physiology and pathophysiology. Advanced respiratory assessment and management. Invasive haemodynamic monitoring and interpretation. Principles of non-invasive and invasive ventilation. Management of organ and system failure. Acquired brain injury: classification, diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Principles of management. Brain stem death, tissue and organ donation. Critical care pharmacology. Principles of medical imaging. Legal, ethical and professional issues. National policy initiatives and drivers, including NICE and Department of Health guidance.
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Apply advanced knowledge of pathophysiological concepts to the management of the critically-ill patient
- Systematically evaluate the evidence base, clinical guidelines and healthcare policy which relate to the therapeutic interventions used for patients with critical care needs
- Critically analyse the effects of clinical decision making within a rapidly changing environment, taking into account ethical, legal and professional dimensions
- Demonstrate critical understanding of the factors involved in promoting a multi-disciplinary approach to patient management within critical care.
Indicative core bibliography
- Adam SK, Osborne S (2009) Oxford handbook of critical care nursing. Oxford University Press.
- Brown K & Bench S (2011) Critical care nursing. Wiley-Blackwell
- Nimmo G & Singer M (2011) ABC of intensive care. Wiley-Blackwell
- Woodrow P (2011) Intensive Care Nursing. 3rd Edition. Taylor & Francis
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
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Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
Students must be working within a critical care unit and have at least 18 months experience in the speciality.
Prior to studying this module, students must have studied the core module, HLLG7001 Acute and Critical Care Foundations for Practice, or demonstrate achievement of the intended learning outcomes through APL.
To be eligible to study this module, students must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.
When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focussed towards the subject of that award. Students must participate in the formative components of the module in order to successfully pass the module.
The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
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