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NU7562: Nursing Management of Paediatric and Mental Health Emergencies (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply detailed knowledge of anatomy & physiology and pharmacology to the management of a patient presenting with a medical emergency.
  • Utilise ACLS guidelines to safely and competently care for a patient with a cardiac event.
  • Rapidly assess, prioritise and plan for the safe care of patients presenting with undifferentiated and undiagnosed medical problems, recognizing problems that may require urgent attention.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base for the safe and effective management of patients presenting with medical emergencies.
  • Apply specialist clinical nursing skills to facilitate the safe management of the patient presenting with a medical emergency.
  • Utilise ATLS/ PHTLS guidelines to safely care for paediatric trauma patients in both the pre-hospital and hospital settings.
  • Ensure patient safety through the accurate and rapid assessment of adult and adolescent patients presenting with mental health problems.
  • Critically discuss the physical and psychological care of the adult/adolescent following overdose or deliberate self-harm.
  • Operate within an awareness of the Mental Health Act (Ireland) and its implications for the safe management of patients and staff in the Emergency Department (adults and adolescents).
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base for the management of paediatric patients presenting with medical/surgical emergencies and for the safe and effective management of adults and adolescents presenting with mental health emergencies.
  • Promote patient safety by operating within current vaccination guidelines for paediatric patients and educate parents/guardians re same.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

Nursing management of patients with medical, paediatric and mental health emergencies requires collaborative patient care and sophisticated nursing knowledge and techniques. The role of the nurse specializing in accident and 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 utilize critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills to systematically care for patients and their families with medical, mental health problems and paediatric emergencies. This shall be achieved through research based learning and teaching strategies that facilitate independent learning. The module also aims to prepare nurses for direct involvement in practice development.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

Unit 1

  • Dolan B. & Holt L. (eds.) (2005) Accident and Emergency Theory into Practice, Balliere Tindall, Edinburgh.
  • Harrison R. & Daly L. (2001) Acute Medical Emergencies: A Nursing Guide, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Kidd P. & Stuart P. (2000) Mosby’s Emergency Nursing Reference. Mosby, USA.
  • Manchester Triage Group (2005) Emergency Triage, 2nd edn. BMJ Publishing Group, London.
  • Marier N.M. (2005) Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd edn. Pearson Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
  • Moore K.L. & Dalley A.F. (2001) Clinically Orientated Anatomy. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • O Keefe J., Hammil S.Freed, M., & Poqwizd S (2008) The Complete Guide to ECGs , 3rd edn. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
  • Tortora G.J. & Grabowski, S.R (2008) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 12th edn. Wiley and Sons, New York.

Unit 2

  • ALSG (2004) Advanced Pediatric Life Support. BMJ books, London.
  • Harrison R. & Daly L. (2001) Acute Medical Emergencies: A Nursing Guide. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Manchester Triage Group (2005) Emergency Triage, 2nd edn. BMJ Publishing Group, London.

Unit 3

  • Barry S. & Lane A. (2006) Understanding Mental Health. Blackhall Publishing.
  • Harrison A. & Hart C. (eds.) (2006) Mental Health Care for Nurses, Applying mental health skills in the general hospital. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.
  • Videbeck, S. (2003) Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Lippincott, Philadelphia.

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.