Module Acute Care: Contemporary Issues (Independent Study)

Course details

Direct Entry

January 2017

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The aim of this module is to explore contemporary issues underpinning the development of specialist knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the acutely ill adult.

You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

The content will be negotiated between you and the module leader. The module leader will assist you in identifying key learning resources and strategies relating to the learning outcomes. The strategy for meeting the learning outcomes will be written into a learning contract.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Apply an in-depth knowledge of pathophysiological concepts to the management of the acutely-ill patient
  • Critically appraise and synthesise the evidence base, clinical guidelines and healthcare policy which relate to the therapeutic interventions used for acutely ill patients
  • Critically analyse the effects of clinical decision making within a rapidly changing environment, taking into account ethical, legal and professional dimensions
  • Critically examine the factors involved in promoting a multi-disciplinary approach to patient management within the acute care setting
  • Through critical reflection, identify prospective learning needs and a plan of study to develop enhanced knowledge and competence in the acute practice setting

Indicative core bibliography

  • Adam S, Welch J & Odell M (2009). Rapid assessment of the acutely ill patient. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG) ( 2010 ) Acute medical emergencies: the practical approach ( 2nd edition ). Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell (BMJ Books)
  • Cooper N, Forrest K and Cramp P (2006) Essential guide to acute care. 2nd Ed. Blackwell
  • Esmond G (2008) Non-invasive respiratory support techniques: oxygen therapy, non-invasive ventilation and CPAP. Blackwell
  • Moore S, Neville C, Murphy M, Connolly C (2010) The ultimate study skills handbook. Open University Press
  • Moore T & Woodrow P (2009) High-dependency nursing care 2nd Ed. Routledge
  • Peate I & Dutton H (2012) Acute nursing care. Pearson
  • Prosser S & McArthur-Rouse F (2007) Assessing and managing the acutely ill surgical patient. Blackwell
  • Wood I & Garner M (2012) Initial management of acute medical patients. A guide for nurses and healthcare practitioners. 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Further subject specific items will be identified by the designated subject tutor
Programme specification (PDF)

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to study this module you should be able to apply it to your practice. You must be working within a critical care unit and have at least 12 months experience in the speciality.

Prior to studying this module, you must have studied HLLG6001 Acute and Critical Care: Foundations for Practice or demonstrated achievement of the Intended Learning Outcomes through APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning).

The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.

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This module can be taken as part of the University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Practice Development: Acute and Critical Care or drawn into a top-up degree e.g. BSc (Hons) Practice Development or BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice.

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