Advanced Anaesthetic Nursing course (NSA 3509 and NSA 4509)
- Dates: January and July. Each module runs for six months.
- Lecturer: TBC
Some of our students have their course fees covered by CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University.
Alternatively other students are pay their own fees or are sponsored by their employer (but not under a CPPD contract).
Number of credits: 15
Levels of study: 6 or 7
The Level 6 module aims to further develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the role of the anaesthetic nurse so that you are equipped to work as a competent member of the multi-disciplinary team.
In addition, the module enables you to manage and co-ordinate anaesthetic care in the perioperative environment.
The Level 7 module offers competent you the opportunity to critically evaluate the impact of the current scope and developments in anaesthetics. In so doing you will be able to constructively influence their standard of care delivered by their peers and colleagues.
The module will promote the mastery of evidenced based management of the patient with complex care needs during their perioperative anaesthetic journey. Thus developing a pro-active practitioner who influences staff development, clinical protocols and has strong leadership skills.
Some classes will be shared with students pursuing other specialities (post operative/scrub or post-anaesthetic care).
Level 6 module
On completion of this module you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and competent advanced skills in relation to:
- Utilising specialised technical knowledge in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care (of adults and children) during the critical stages of induction, monitoring and reversal.
- Recognising the physical and psychological effects of anaesthesia and surgery on the patient. Describing the conditions of concern, thereby promoting methods of optimising patient safety during the perioperative phase.
- Demonstrating the ability to apply anaesthetic pharmacology to patient safety outcomes.
- Critically reviewing anaesthetic related research, evaluating the results and using this to inform nursing decision making in general and anaesthetic emergencies.
- Evaluating the professional role of the anaesthetic nurse and its implications within anaesthetic nursing practice.
Level 7 module
- Displaying mastery of skills in managing holistic assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care of adults and children during the anaesthetic induction, monitoring and reversal.
- Demonstrating expertise in the identification of the physical and psychological effects of anaesthesia and surgery on the patient and expertise in communicating this to the multi-disciplinary team.
- Utilising advanced knowledge and understanding of anaesthetic pharmacology to ensure patient safety outcomes.
- Demonstrating expertise and leadership in applying research and evidence based practice to inform decision making particularly in anaesthetic emergencies; be an instigator for change and scrutinise departmental protocols.
- Accepting accountability for the knowledge and skills appropriate to maintaining quality of patient care and challenging outdated practices.
In order to undertake the course, you must have successfully completed NSA3505 Holistic Principles of Perioperative Nursing
Level 6 module
Summative assessment (50%): A written assignment of 2,000 words. Students will be expected to select an area of concern in practice and use an in-depth relevant literature search and review in order to justify practice or to offer recommendations for change. This review will involve a reflective consideration and critical analysis of current practice and demonstrate an understanding and application of theoretical underpinnings to the issues involved.
Clinical Assessment (50%): Students will be supported in practice by qualified mentors to complete a Clinical Competency document, which assesses competency in the application of knowledge and skills to practice within anaesthetic nursing.
Level 7 module
Summative assessment (50%): (2,000 words) Action Plan
Students will be expected to critique an area of concern in practice and formulate an action plan based upon this. This review will involve a reflective consideration and analysis of current practice and the use of relevant literature in order to demonstrate mastery of their understanding and application of theoretical underpinnings to the concerns highlighted. The learning outcome of this module should inform theatre protocols and the nurse’s role identified within it.
Clinical Assessment (50%): Students will be supported in practice by qualified mentors to complete a Clinical Competency document, which assesses mastery in the application of knowledge and skills to practice within anaesthetic nursing
How to apply:
Download an application form by following the link from our CPD health webpage.