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NU7551 Principles of Perioperative Nursing (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.
  • Critically examine the scope of specialist nursing practice and its integration with the multidisciplinary team in the delivery of specialist care.
  • 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

Advancements in anaesthetic and surgical management of patients in the operating departments results in the need for a comprehensive educational programme to facilitate nurses to practice in a competent and safe manner within the peri-operative environment while continuing to develop their own professional practice. The Postgraduate Diploma in Peri-Operative care nursing 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 Adelaide and Meath hospital, incorporating the National Children’s hospital (AMNCH). 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

  • A.O.R.N (2009) Peri-operative standards and Recommended Practices AORN.
  • British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (2010)
  • British National Formulary No 48 BMA / Royal Pharmacological Society London.
  • Gwinnutt C. (2008) Lecture notes on Clinical anaesthesia 3rd edn. Blackwell Science, Oxford
  • Hogan-Quigley B., Palm M.L. & Bickley L. (2012) Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Examination and History-Taking. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Hughes S. & Mardell A. (2009) Oxford Handbook of Peri-operative Practice . Oxford
  • 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.
  • Pinnock C., Lin T. & Smith T. (2009) Fundamentals of Anaesthesia, 3rd Edn. Greenwich Medical Media London
  • Rothrock J (2011) Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery. 14th edn. Mosby
  • Springhouse, PA (2010) Auscultation Skills: Breath and Heart Sounds, 4th edn. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Spry C. (2008) Essentials of Perioperative Nursing 4th edn Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Tortora G.J. & Derrickson B, H. (2011) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 13th 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.