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NU7561: Nursing Management of Medical Emergencies (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically discuss and apply core clinical nursing skills required in an Emergency Department.
  • 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 patients in the Emergency Department 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

Nursing management of patients with medical and surgical emergencies requires collaborative patient care and sophisticated nursing knowledge and techniques. The role of the nurse specialising in emergency nursing incorporates clinical, educator and manager/leader roles. The aims of this module are to enhance the students’ knowledge understanding and skills so they may utilise critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills to systematically care for patients with medical emergencies and their families. This shall be achieved through research based learning and teaching strategies that facilitate independent learning. To prepare nurses for involvement in practice development.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

Module Unit 1

  • Darovic G.O (2003) Handbook of Hemodynamic Monitoring, 2ndedn. W.B.Saunders Company.
  • Marier E.N. (2005) Anatomy & Physiology, 2nd edn. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
  • Moore KL, Dalley AF. (2001) Clinically Orientated Anatomy. AMR Agusr 2014 & Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkin Philadelphia.
  • O Keefe J., Hammil S.Freed, M., & Poqwizd S (2008) The Complete Guide to ECGs , 3rd edn. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

Module Unit 2 B

  • Buttaravoli P. & Stair T. (2007) Minor Emergencies: Splinters to Fractures. Mosby, St. Louis.
  • Dolan B. & Holt L., (Eds.) (2005) Accident and Emergency Theory into Practice. Belier Tindall, Edinburgh
  • Driscoll P. (2000) ABC of Major Trauma, 3rd edn. BMJ books, Include Skinner D 4th Edition, London.
  • Foxall F & Kelsey L. (2008) Arterial blood gas analysis: an easy learning guide. M&K Update Ltd.
  • Grundy D. & Swain A. (2002) ABC of Spinal Cord Injury, 4th edn. BMJ Books, London.
  • Manchester Triage Group (2005). Emergency Triage, 2nd edn. BMJ Publishing Group, London.
  • PHTLS (2003) Basic and Advanced Prehospital Trauma Life Support Course, 5th edn. Mosby Inc, Missouri. PHTLS ( 2014) 8th Edition Sudbury : Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Ramenofsky, M L & Bell R M ( 2012) 9th Edition Advanced Trauma Life Support – Student Course manual ( American College of Surgeons).

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.