NS0516 - Understanding and Responding to Acute and Critical Changes to Adult Health

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to apply acquired knowledge and skills to enable provision of holistic patient centred care to the acutely ill adult and their families/carers. During this module you will be introduced to a range of topics related to caring for the deteriorating patient. Your learning will be underpinned by contemporary research and evidence based practice to enable you to understand the complexities of this topic and practice effectively.

The module will focus on issues such as:
• Recognising the deteriorating patient to include application of the assessments applied to recognise patient deterioration
• Application of pathophysiology of conditions that may present in the acute stage
• Understand the potential impact on the human body integrating knowledge of the pathophysiological process to aetiology and clinical manifestations to inform management of care
• Explore patient-centred, relationship-centred and holistic approaches to caring for critically ill patients and their family.

You will learn the importance of collaboratively and effectively working with your peers in both health and social care alongside 3rd sector organisations using a simulation based education approach to care for the acutely ill adult patient. This module will build upon your appreciation of research as evidence to inform your clinical practice. You will engage in critical reviews of the research supporting the subject areas in this module. This will help to inform discussion and debate with peers.

How will I learn on this module?

During the module you will learn by engaging in a variety of teaching and learning styles. The module will use lectures (both face-to-face and in electronic learning format) to introduce key concepts. The evidence base application of this knowledge will then be explored further in group seminar group work which will promote discussion through journal club presentations of research evidence to appreciate its value to clinical practice and patient experiences. There will also be interactive activities in the format of practical workshops to apply your knowledge to practice. These practical sessions will use simulation within the clinical skills environment. Authentic case scenarios will also be utilised to enhance your awareness of the unique and complex needs of caring for the critically ill adult.
You will be expected to engage in self-directed study and independent learning. This will be supported by directed activities and enquiry based approaches to learning. Online supporting materials will be available to enhance your learning further and an online reading list can assist with further independent study and learning on this module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

A member of the module team will facilitate seminar sessions and support module assessment. Support will also include interactive discussions during lectures, feedback from tutors or your peers during small group seminars and group tutorials and immediate feedback regarding your performance during simulation workshops/practical sessions in clinical skills. In addition the e-Learning Platform discussion board will be open and tutors can respond to any questions you may have so the whole module group may benefit.
Northumbria University offers an established student support service to support enhancing your academic skills. For example, the online Skills Plus resource provides a useful platform to support many aspects of your learning such as: searching for literature; developing your skills in analysis and structuring your academic work

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Apply knowledge of patho-physiology related to various systems of the body to enable care delivery of the acutely and critically ill adult
2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the assessment, diagnosis, planning and evaluation of adult nursing care within the context of acute and critical illness and respond appropriately as need changes

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Evaluate the contribution of multi-professional working as it applies to the person and the family experiencing acute or critical illness episodes
4. Demonstrate ability in locating, critically evaluating and utilising quality research as evidence to inform clinical decision making.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Critically analyse the nature of nursing practice required to meet the needs of acutely and critically ill adults using the philosophies of holistic and person-centred care

How will I be assessed?

Case scenario seminars will be used throughout the module that reflects and compliments the assignment. MLO 1-5

The module will be assessed via a 2000-word assignment. This assignment will be broken down into 2 clinical case study based questions (1000 words for each – each question equates to 50% of the mark).

Each question will be focused around an acute and critical case linked to the module content for students to demonstrate the module learning outcomes. This case will be introduced at the beginning of the module. You will be expected to engage with contemporary evidence to inform your work.
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Module abstract

Adult patients can become acutely and critically ill within a variety of healthcare settings. Recognition and response to the deteriorating patient is therefore of vital importance to the role of the nurses and therefore important within this module. This module is designed to enable you to apply acquired knowledge, evidence base and skills when recognising, responding and providing care to the acute and critically ill adult patient/client and their family within a variety of care settings.
You will explore a range of illnesses and diseases which can often lead to deterioration in the patient’s condition and will understand how to respond with appropriate interventions, whilst also recognising the potential impact that the acute or critical illness episode could have on the individual affected and their family. The module includes: assessments used when caring for the critically ill adult, caring for the unconscious person, recognising and responding to emergency events such as trauma or cardiac or respiratory disorders.
This module will allow you to enhance your skills in navigating and interacting with technology enhanced learning including the use of simulation on order to replicate authentic clinical environments. You will also strengthen and further inform your knowledge base through engaging with research and other forms of evidence that inform clinical practice.

Course info

UCAS Code B700

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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