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Undergraduate Course: Critical Care Nursing (NUST10036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only available to Nursing students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In 2021/2 only, the formal assessment of the option will be either one course paper of 3500 words OR one 3 hour examination.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Critical Care Nursing2:00
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.
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and 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.
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Course organiserDr Jennifer Tocher
Tel: (0131 6)51 1991
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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