NU7543: Assessment of the Critically Ill (10 ECTS)
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.
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.