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NU7573 Trauma Orthopaedic Nursing (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Recognise and critically evaluate employing strategies to be administered during the first aid and accident and emergency management of multiple casualties.
  • Critically explore and examine the assessment, planning, documentation and management of a fracture trauma patient to a competent level of expertise.
  • Recognise and critically explore the actions and potential problems associated with maintaining haemodynamic stability in the traumatised patient.
  • Using current evidence based practice critically discuss the role of the nurse in the assessment of patients with a neurological impairment. Develop a nursing process approach whilst planning individualised holistic nursing care for such patients.
  • Recognise and critically discuss the correct and appropriate handling of a patient with a spinal cord injury.

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 aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop further their specialist nurse role through applying advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes in the resuscitation, care, management and ongoing rehabilitation of adults and children with fracture trauma, including ongoing education to patients and their families to prevent further trauma, within the context of the multidisciplinary team.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

  • Dandy D. and Edwards D. (2009) Essential Orthopaedics and Trauma with student consult, 5th edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Grundy D. and Swain A. (2002) ABC of spinal injury, 4th edn. BMJ Publishing, London.
  • Haddad F., Oussedik S. and Patel R. (eds.) (2008) Orthopaedic Trauma: A Systematic Approach. Quay Books, London.
  • Hickey J. V. (1997) The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing. Lippincott, Philadelphia.
  • Irish Red Cross Society (2007) First Aid Manual, 7th edn. Dorling Kindersley, London.
  • Kneale J. and Davis P.S. (eds.) (2005) Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Mc Rae R. and Esser, M. (2008) Practical Fracture Treatment, 5th edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Mosher C. M. (ed.) (2010) An Introduction to Orthopaedic Nursin. National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, Chicago.
  • O' Shea R, A. (ed.) (2005) Principles and Practice of Trauma Nursing. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Solomon L., Warwick D.J. and Nayagam, S. (2005) Apley's Concise of Orthopaedic and Trauma, 3rd edn. Hodder Arnold, London.

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.