This modules enables students to explore the current delivery of cardiac care and so contribute towards the development of effective quality care. During the module the evidence-base for existing and innovative practices is discussed. The module includes subjects such as; anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, cardiovascular disease, the management of arrythmias, the management of heart failure, adult congenital heart disease.The module runs between October and December.
This modules enables students to explore the current delivery of respiratory care and so contribute towards the development of effective quality care. During the module the evidence-base for existing and innovative practices is discussed. The module includes subjects such as; anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, the managment of the patient with asthma, managing breathlessness, end-of life care and oxygen therapy. The module runs between October and December.
This module provides students with an in-depth knowledge of cystic fibrosis and contemporary issues in patient management. The module includes subjects such as; the genetics of inheritance and newborn screening, pathophysiology, clinical management, psychosocial aspects, and the transition from paediatric to adult care. The module takes place over five consecutive taught study days.
This module provides students with an in-depth knowledge of lung failure. It includes detailed discussion on the causes of lung failure, differentiating between acute failure causing and complicating critical illness, and acute-on-chronic lung failure. Students will also deveop in-depth knowledge and understanding of either extra-corporeal lung support (ECLS) or non-invasive ventilation (NIV) (depending on individual student choice). The module takes place over ten taught study days between January and March.
Clinical examination and history taking:
This module teaches students the knowledge and skills to undertake a focused clincial history and clinical examination ( focussing on three systems; cardiovascular, respiratory and abdominal). The module takes place between January and June. The main teaching methods include lectures, bed-side teaching and practicals.
This module provides students with the knowledge and understanding of advanced life support. The module incorporates the advanced life support certification (resus council (UK)).
Smoking cessation programmes:
This module aims to provide knowledge of the link between tobacco smoking and cardiorespiratory illhealth, the public health, social and environmental context of tobacco smoking, addiction to tobacco, motivational issues in smoking cessation and the principles of tobacco treatment with a focus on the role of the health professional. This module takes place place over six study days. There are four consecutive study days at the start of the module and two consecutive days about three months later. The main teaching methods include face-to-face lectures, practicals and distance learning using Web-CT.
Applied Healthcare research I and II:
These 2 modules provides students with the knowledge and skills to critically appraise quantitative and qualitative research. Topics include: how to critically appraise research, data collection methods, data analysis and interpretation (including descriptive and inferential statistics and drawing themes from qualitative data), and assessing the rigour of a research design. The modules run between October and December of both years and include both lectures and distance learning approaches.
This module explores the principles of evidence based health care in order to assist students promote its use in the care of the patient in a variety of cardiorespiratory clinical settings. Key principles of evidence-based healthcare are reviewed and students gain skills in reading clinical papers including papers that discuss sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests, establish the effectiveness of treatments, appraise meta-analyses and review papers that look at prognosis. This module includes taught study days and incorporates distance learning approaches. It runs between October and December for students in their second year.
Policy and practice:
This module enables practitioners to explore and promote advances in the practice of nursing and enables the student to further develop their professional clinical leadership role.
This module aims to develop a practitioner with knowledge and skills to manage the care of the patient with advanced heart failure within the multi-disciplinary team and play a decisive role in developing heart failure services. Key issues that will be discussed include; epidemiology and patho-physiology of heart failure, current evidence behind pharmacological and non-pharmacological management, managing the patient with multiple co-morbidities. This module includes taught study days and incorporates distance learning approaches. It runs between April and May.
The compulsory modules are: - Applied healthcare research I - 7.5 credits Applied healthcare research II - 7.5 credits Nursing Practice Development - 7.5 credits Evidence Based Health Care - 7.5 credits Dissertation – 30 credits Optional modules are: - Cystic Fibrosis - 7.5 credits Cardiac nursing - 7.5 credits Respiratory nursing – 7.5 credits History taking and clinical examination - 7.5 credits Theory and Practice of Advanced Life Support - 7.5 credits Lung Failure - 7.5 credits Smoking cessation - 7.5 credits Heart failure – 7.5 creditsModule leaders have defined the individual module content. Although there will be general guidelines for contact time, module leaders will agree the lecturer contact time and self directed study time. Module aims, objectives, learning outcomes, indicative content, indicative reading and key texts will be explained, with assessment and evaluation procedures clearly outlined for each module in a module specific handbook. Choices of module options should be made by the end of October of each year. Students can be allocated to each module. Thereafter changes can be made to module choice if places are available. Optional modules will only run if there is sufficient student interest. Dissertation The aim of the dissertation module is to utilise your skills of critical analysis, synthesis and original thought, contributing to the academic knowledge base within the field of cardio-respiratory nursing. It is intended that the dissertation is practice led, and that possible ways of exploring contemporary practice through inductive or deductive reasoning. Therefore, a further aim is to enable you to develop your practice and the practice of others within the health care setting. The dissertation must be submitted by September of the second year. All students have a viva in October/early November.
Year 1 Term 1 (October 2012)
1. Applied healthcare research I (Compulsory) 2. Respiratory Nursing (Optional)
Term 2 (January 2013) 1. Lung failure (Optional) 2. History taking and clinical examination (Optional) 3. Theory and Practice of Advanced Life Support (Optional) 4. Smoking cessation (Optional)
Term 3 (April 2013) 1. Practice development (Compulsory) 2. Heart failure (Optional) June – Exams (Compulsory)
Term 4 (July – October 2013) Dissertation (Compulsory)
Year 2 Term 1 (October 2013)
1. Evidence Based Health Care (Compulsory) 2. Applied healthcare research II (Compulsory) 3. Dissertation - ongoing (Compulsory) 3. Cardiac Nursing (Optional)
Term 2 (January 2012) 1. Lung failure (Optional) 2. History taking and clinical examination (Harefield) (Optional) 3. Theory and Practice of Advanced Life Support (Optional) 4. Smoking cessation (Optional) 4. Dissertation - ongoing (Compulsory)
Term 3 (April 2012) 1. Heart Failure (Optional) 2. Cystic fibrosis (Optional) 3. Respiratory Nursing (Optional) 4. Dissertation (Compulsory)Optional modules will only be available if sufficient numbers of candidates require them. This is a preliminary outline of module delivery and more detail of term dates will be provided during the summer of each year.