Provide the highest standards of safety and care for people who are critically ill. Learn to re-evaluate and enhance clinical practice for continually improved safety and quality and how to deal with continually emerging new technologies and therapies. Understand the importance of competence as one of the 6 Cs.
In the ever-changing world of critical care, where new technologies and therapies emerge all the time, healthcare professionals must constantly develop and maintain their own competence. You are required to deal with ongoing change and advancement even as you help patients to recover from serious and life-threatening illnesses.
The importance of competence within nursing is recognised as one of the 6 ‘Cs’ (besides care, compassion, communication, courage and commitment), which are fundamental to developing the highest standards of healthcare. Our module therefore connects theory with practical competence, as supported by the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education.
Our module will enhance your ability to provide safe, high-quality care for people who are critically ill. You’ll learn strategies for helping to improve practice, continually re-evaluating and enhancing care so that you embed safety and quality at the heart of your clinical practice.
An essential element of our module is the time spent working within critical care with Level 2 & 3 patients. A clinical mentor will help you to achieve Step 2 and Step 3 competencies as determined by the Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N).
Our module follows the structure of the ABCDE assessment. Airway management is explored as are the principles of invasive mechanical ventilation and non-invasive ventilation. Circulatory assessment and interventions to support the cardiovascular system are also addressed within the module. Neurological assessment and care are examined along with the issues associated with sedation and delirium within the critically ill population. Ex patients from intensive care are invited to come and talk to the students about their experiences of critical care and beyond. Normal anatomy and physiology are explained first to ensure students have a baseline level of knowledge to underpin their practice. The pathophysiology associated with critical illness is also analysed to enable the student to understand the underlying pathophysiology and the interventions taken to manage these within the critical care setting.
How you’ll learn
You’ll learn both in the classroom and in the practice area. You’ll attend lectures, seminars, scenario-based group work and simulations. An essential element of the module is the time spent working within critical care with Level 2 & 3 patients; a clinical mentor will help you to achieve Step 2 and Step 3 competencies as determined by the Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N).
You’ll be assessed via a self-reflective assignment, a short-answer exam paper based on a clinical scenario and two practice assessment documents based on the Step 2 and Step 3 competencies as determined by the Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N).
You can take this module at Level 7 to be awarded a PG Cert Critical Care.
To access this course you must be professionally registered with at least six months' experience in a critical care practice environment.
Please note that dates and delivery method(s) may be subject to change, in line with the latest Covid-19 guidelines, as necessary to ensure the safety of all.
This is a blended delivery course.
21, 28 September 2022
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November
Face to face dates
12 October 2022
18, 25 January 2023
1, 22 February
1, 8, 22, 29 March
Face to face dates
8 February 2023
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.
To access this course you must be professionally registered with at least 6 months experience in a critical care practice environment.