This 20 credit degree-level module provides an introduction to aspects of paediatric critical care for experienced adult intensive care nurses. It will enable you as an intensive care nurse to further develop and utilise appropriate professional skills to care for the critically ill child and their family in an intensive care unit in a district general hospital.
You will learn to recognise a seriously ill child and be able to make an assessment of the child’s immediate condition and respond appropriately in emergency and rapidly changing situations. You will also learn to effectively contribute to, plan, implement and evaluate care for the critically ill child and his/her family by utilising evidenced based practice.
You will analyse and critically evaluate current research trends and practices in paediatric intensive care work and be able to apply these into your practice in collaboration with other relevant members of a multi-disciplinary team.
The module team describe this module as a ‘spring board’ from which you as an experienced intensive care nurse can move forward in your nursing career and, in particular, successful completion may give you the opportunity to apply for a more senior position within your chosen adult intensive care unit.
The module lead, Louise Knapman, says:
"This course has consistently had excellent evaluations from the students, particularly in regard to the practical aspects of the teaching and the amount of staff support. To date, there has been a high pass rate."
This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.
This module is delivered by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Plymouth University.