WHO IS IT FOR? This module is
designed for nurses working in emergency departments and walk in centres who
are developing their role towards emergency nurse practitioner, who will see,
treat, refer and discharge patients with minor injuries and fractures.
On completion of this
module, the successful student will be able to:
Demonstrate mastery in holistic patient assessment, management, and referral of minor injuries, incorporating inter-professional working
Critically analyse the nature of holistic assessment and the application of theoretical models to the process of assessment
Critically appraise clinical decision making strategies, and the therapeutic plan
Demonstrate ability to share knowledge and expertise in assessment while collaborating with other health care professionals, by extrapolating and integrating advanced knowledge into clinical patient assessment
Synthesise and interpret investigations including x–rays and assessment information to reach conclusions that are based on good evidence, clinical judgement, and risk assessment
Critically appraise current nurse practitioner practice and research to enable the development of minor illness practice
Critically analyse the legal, ethical and risk management issues and frameworks that underpin role development
The aim of this module
is to enable the experienced emergency/ first contact care practitioner
to develop proficiency in the skills of assessment, treatment and
management of minor injuries and apply this to their clinical context. It
provides the autonomous practitioner with the advanced knowledge base,
communication skills, and safe clinical examination skills, to equip them to
make confident autonomous, effective and evidence based patient care decisions.
Physical assessment techniques and approaches
History taking and documentation
Consultation styles, and interpersonal skills
Overview of anatomy and physiology, mechanism of injury, common injuries seen, examination technique, management, referral and discharge advice for the following minor injuries:
Sport injuries of the upper and lower limb
Upper limb fractures and soft tissue injuries
Lower limb fractures and soft tissue injuries
Minor head injury management
Minor back and hip injury management
Neurological system review and assessment skills
Paediatric minor injury management.
Management of minor eye injuries
Clinical decision making for differential diagnosis
Health promotion and injury prevention for minor injuries
Use of laboratory and other screening investigations
Understanding X-ray requesting and safety procedures
X-ray interpretation and diagnosis
The autonomous practitioner - role and responsibilities
Scope of professional practice
Legal and ethical issues in practice.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
Teaching will have a
problem orientated focus through guided study, and case scenario development to
develop and reinforce a life long learning perspective for clinical skills.
Peer assisted inter-professional teaching and learning, integrated with medical
students and the medical school will enable team work and development of peer
Students will be given
the opportunity to practice clinical assessment under supervision with teacher
and peer feedback. This will be complemented by the use of simulation aids and
on line video material. Students will then be given the opportunity to develop
their skills in the practice setting.
Study days provide
opportunity for development, application and reflection of clinical and
diagnostic skills. Most study days will be in a workshop design to encourage
student led learning and critical enquiry.
Evidence of ability to study at level 7. Professional registration as a nurse or paramedic. Current employment in an appropriate health care setting, and permission to practice and use advanced assessment skills in current clinical employment.