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NU7543: Assessment of the Critically Ill (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Critically discuss and apply core clinical nursing skills of appropriate to the relevant critical care areas.
  • Differentiate pathophysiological processes from normal physiological function which give rise to critical illness.
  • Examine the impact of invasive monitoring and adjunctive therapies used in the nursing care of the critically ill patient.
  • Identify and implement research, evidence-based strategies and nursing therapies in the delivery of care of critically ill patients and those affected by their illness.
  • Demonstrate and critically appraise the significance of quality, safety and accountability into all aspects of specialist nursing care delivery.

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning

Lectures, group work, guided discussion, practical demonstrations, guest speakers and self-directed learning.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

The management of patients in Intensive Care is complex and diverse. Nurses, who provide expert nursing care to patients within Intensive Care, must possess the necessary skills and competence to do so, while continuing to develop their own professional practice. The Msc/ Pg Dip in Nursing ( Intensive Care nursing strand) has been advanced to meet these, among other requirements. The course has been developed between the University of Dublin, Trinity College and its associated health service providers, St. James’s hospital (SJH) and the Tallaght Hospital. The course has been developed to meet the requirements of the Irish nursing service together with the requirements and standards of An Bord Altranais.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

  • British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (2010)
  • British National Formulary No 48 BMA / Royal Pharmacological Society London.
  • Department of Health and Children (2010) Changing Cardiovascular Health: National Cardiovascular Health Policy 2010-2019. Government Publications, Dublin.
  • Hogan-Quigley B., Palm M.L. & Bickley L. (2012) Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Examination and History-Taking. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Darovic G.O. (2003) Handbook of Haemodynamic Monitoring, 2nd edn. W.B. Saunders Company.
  • Foxall F. & Kelsey L. (2008) Arterial blood Gas Analysis: an easy learning guide. M&K Update Ltd.
  • Health Service Executive (2011) Guiding Framework and Policy for the National Early Warning Score System to Recognise and Respond to Clinical Deterioration HSE, Dublin.
  • Health Information and Quality Authority (2011) National Quality Assurance Criteria for Clinical Guidelines. HIQA, Dublin.
  • Irish Hospice Foundation (2010) Dying in Hospital in Ireland: An Assessment of the Quality of Care in the Last Week of Life. Irish Hospice Foundation, Dublin.
  • Jevon P. (2002) Advanced Cardiac Life Support American Heart Association.
  • Jevon P & Ewen B. (2007) Monitoring the Critically Ill patient, 2nd edition. Blackwell Science London.
  • Jevon P & Ewen B. (2007) Monitoring the Critically Ill patient, 2nd edn. Blackwell Science London.
  • Lehne R A (2009) Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 7th edn. WB Saunders, New York.
  • Springhouse, PA (2010) Auscultation Skills: Breath and Heart Sounds, 4th edn. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Tortora G.J. & Grabowski, S.R (2008) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 12th edn. Wiley and Sons, New York.
  • Urden L.D. Lough, M.E. & Stacy, K.M. (2009) Thelan’s Critical Care Nursing, Diagnosis and Management, 6 th edn. Mosby, St Louis.

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.