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NU7571 Specialist Orthopaedic Nursing (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Describe the pathophysiological responses to orthopaedic conditions.
  • Effectively undertake and critically examine a comprehensive nursing assessment of the orthopaedic patient.
  • Critically explore and effectively apply the principles of communication with patients/family/parents empowering them to become involved in decisions relating to the delivery of care.
  • Using relevant evidence based practice, explore and critically analyse the pain management of the orthopaedic patient.
  • Using current evidence based practice critically discuss the role of the nurse in the assessment of the child with a fracture trauma or a congenital orthopaedic condition.
  • Within the scope of practice, develop a nursing process approach whilst planning individualised holistic nursing care for such patients and their families.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

The National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing (2001) identifies that the specialist nurse should act as a consultant in clinical practice and education to both nurses and the wider multidisciplinary team. This highlights the evolving nature of the specialist nurse's role, as one of change agent, management, leadership and utilising evidence based practise to ensure the attainment of excellence in patient care. It is vital therefore that nurses working within the orthopaedic specialist area have the proficient knowledge, skills and attitudes to undertake this role. The aims of this module are to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of orthopaedics, related clinical skills and clinical judgement in order to enhance their ability to care for the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of orthopaedic patients utilising a problem solving approach. The student will develop a greater understanding of the applied sciences that underpin orthopaedic care and will also demonstrate enhanced knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of orthopaedic nursing. The student will critically explore and demonstrate the nursing care of adults with inflammatory conditions, patients who require ongoing rehabilitation including education on preventative and adaptive responses to their condition. The student will also critically explore management and nursing care of patients with bone tumours and metabolic conditions. This module will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of the student in order to effectively care for children with fractures and orthopaedic congenital disorders.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

  • Blakey P. (2008) The muscle book. Bibliotek Books, Stafford.
  • Gunn C. (2007) Bones and Joints, 5th edn. London, Churchill Livingstone.
  • Kneale J. and Davis, P.S. (eds.) (2005) Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Magee D.J. (2008) Orthopaedic Physical Assessment. W.B.Saunders, Philadelphia.
  • Miller M. D. (2008) Review of Orthopaedics. 5th edn. Saunders, Elsevier, Philadelphia.
  • Mosher C. M. (ed.) (2010) An Introduction to Orthopaedic Nursing. National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, Chicago.
  • Staheli L.T. (2006) Practice of Paediatric Orthopaedics, 2nd edn. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Thompson J.C. (2009) Netter's Concise Atlas of Orthopaedic Anatomy. Icon Learning Systems, New Jersey.
  • Tortora G. J. and Derrickson B. (2010) Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology. 8th edn. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York.
  • Wilson J. (2006) Infection Control in Clinical Practice, 3rd edn. Bailliere Tindall.

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.