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Undergraduate Course: Critical Care Nursing (NUST10036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaNursing Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of this course is to explore some of the complexity of nursing in relation to critical care. The course aims further to provide students with a sound understanding of the application of biological and social science principles to areas of clinical practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only available to Nursing students
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly available to CPD students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 19/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. The learning outcomes are designed to provide students with education opportunities such that on completion of the course and associated personal study they will be able to:

- demonstrate understanding of anatomy and physiology applied to nursing in the critical care setting
2. - explore and demonstrate an understanding of the underlying conditions contributing to the need for critical care
- demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the psychological and emotional experience of the individual to the clinical reality of health and illness.
- understand the rationale for investigative and therapeutic procedures in critical care within a holistic framework for care.
- explore the ethical and social issues relating to critical care.
- critically appraise the therapeutic procedures in critical care from an ethical perspective in relation to nursing practice.
Assessment Information
The formal assessment of the option will be one course paper of 2500-3000 words and one 2 hour examination.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills NMC proficiencies for registration are organised around Essential Skills Clusters (ESCs). These are identified below and discussed in more detail in a separate document, available on WebCT.

The ESCs identify skills to support the NMC outcomes to progress to the branch and the proficiencies for entry to the register and cover the following headings:

Care, compassion and Communication (CCC)
Organisational aspects of care (OAC)
Infection prevention and control (IPC)
Nutrition and fluid maintenance (NFM)
Medicines management (MM)

The proposed honours option in Critical Care Nursing will, over the course of the option, cover some aspects of all of the above ESCs.
Reading list Specific journals: (all available in library)
Journal of Clinical Nursing
British Medical Journal
Journal of Advanced Nursing
International Journal of Nursing Studies
Heart & Lung
Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
Nursing in Critical Care
Dimensions of Critical Care
Critical Care Medicine
Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Web Sites
All resources are already available in library therefore no additional outlay is required.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jennifer Tocher
Tel: (0131 6)51 1991
Course secretaryMiss Kirsty Gardner
Tel: (0131 6)50 3889
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