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Undergraduate Course: Pathophysiology, Treatment and Nursing Care (NUST10043)

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 enhance understanding of the pathophysiology, treatment and nursing care of patients diagnosed with particular disease conditions. The content includes pathophysiology, aetiology, epidemiology, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and related patient care. Students gain an understanding of complex clinical situations, the dependence of patients in vulnerable situations and the autonomy of patients whenever possible. The course focuses on identified pathological changes, investigations, therapeutic interventions and the care patients require in order to manage their illness and emphasises the importance of working in partnership with patients and their families in the delivery of holistic care. This course is designed, therefore, to foster an assimilation of this material into an existing cognitive framework, drawing on a sound knowledge of life sciences, nursing care and decision making from the earlier years of the programme. The content also builds on and feeds forward to subsequent experiential learning within clinical placements
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A critical understand the pathophysiology of various disease conditions
  2. A detailed knowledge of the treatment interventions and be able to discuss the nurse's role in supporting the patient through medical and surgical procedures
  3. An appreciation the psychosocial and emotional implications of physical illness for the patient and family and offer insightful interpretations and solutions to help them cope with illness
  4. The ability to demonstrate a range of both clinical and interpersonal skills appropriate to patient care within a speciality
  5. The knowledge to maintain a standard of practice that demonstrates both an analytical and intuitive approach to the care of patients/clients and families in the clinical context
Reading List
Bassett C Makin L (2000) Caring for the Seriously Ill Patient Arnold London

Brooker C Nicol M (eds) (2011) Alexander¿s Nursing Practice (4th ed) Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Edinburgh

Colledge NR Walker BR Ralston S H (2013) Davidson¿s Principles and Practice of Medicine (22nd ed) Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Edinburgh

Downie G MacKenzie J Williams A (2008) (4th ed) Pharmacology & Drug Management for Nurses Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh

Galvin K T (2010) Revisiting caring science: some integrative ideas for the head, hand and heart of critical care nursing practice Critical Care Nursing 15 (4) 168-175

Garden OJ Bradbury AW Forsythe JLR parks RW (2012) Principles and Practice of Surgery (6th ed) Elsevier Edinburgh

Jevon P, Ewens B, Pooni JS (2007) Monitoring the Critically Ill Patient. Blackwell publishing Oxford.

McArthur-Rouse Prosser S (2007) Assessing and Managing the Acutely Ill Adult Surgical Patient Blackwell publishing Oxford

Nair M Peate I (2013) Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology (2nd ed) Wiley-Blackwell Oxford

National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (2007) Acutely ill patients in hospital: recognition of and response to acute illnesses in adults in hospital

Melia K (2014) Ethics for Nursing and Health Care Sage publications London

Perrin KO (2009) Understanding the Essentials of Critical Care Nursing Pearson/Prentice Hall London

Singh H (2011) Nursing the critically ill patient. in Brooker C Nicol M (eds) Alexander¿s Nursing Practice (4th ed) Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Edinburgh

Smith P (2012) The Emotional Labour of Nursing Revisited: Can Nurses Still Care?
2nd ed Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Tonks Fawcett
Tel: (0131 6)50 3883
Course secretaryMiss Lee Gaedtke
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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