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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR3069
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: JUNIPER JR Ms (HSC)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
A structured reflective portfolio of evidence demonstrating the specialist learning outcomes:
The reflective aspects must comprise of one 750 word reflection on your learning during the orthopaedic and trauma nursing module and a structured reflection of 200 words on each of five visits in order to demonstrate deeper understanding of all aspects of Orthopaedic and Trauma nursing care. (total = 1750 words)
Module Overview
Module Aims
The aim of this module is to enable students to apply knowledge and understanding of the musculo-skeletal system, orthopaedic and trauma conditions and injury to the holistic care of patients.
Learning Outcomes
On completing this module the student should be able to:

Subject knowledge and understanding
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding to manage and develop contemporary practice within the specialist area of orthopaedic and trauma practice
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary policy and practice developments in the field of orthopaedic and trauma practice

Cognitive skills
• use appropriate and relevant evidence in assessment, implementation and evaluation of care
• demonstrate the ability to evaluate practice
• evaluate and develop their professional knowledge and skills through ongoing reflection in and on practice.

Practical skills
• practice independently and accountably as a comfort enhancer within practitioner’s area of practice.
• act as a partner and guide by integrating comprehensive patient assessment and interpretative skills in supporting patients.
• co-ordinate a plan of care to achieve optimal patient outcome and consider implications for discharge.
• recognise and risk manage complications of clinical conditions.
• manage technical and therapeutic interventions and regimes to achieve optimal patient care.

Key / transferable skills
• communicate effectively regarding issues related to practice
• consider the reliability and validity of the evidence supporting policies and procedures used in the care of the client group in the area of orthopaedic and trauma practice.

Module Content
The academic content of the module concentrates on integrating theoretical and practical knowledge in order to enable the student to study orthopaedic and trauma care relevant to their professional role. Key themes to be covered in relation to the specific subject are:

Key themes to be covered in relation to the Subject are:

Aetiology, pathology, pathophysiology and epidemiology of the musculoskeletal conditions and injury
Trauma patient assessment and management
Pain assessment and management
Wound assessment and management
Management of the patient with Intra-medullary nailing
Management of external fixation, plasters and splints
Interdisciplinary holistic assessment and goal setting
Patient and family/carer partnership working
Safe discharge and referral issues including life adaptations
Risk assessment
Methods of Teaching/Learning
200 hours total: contact hours, self-directed
Selected Texts/Journals
This reading list will enhance understanding of concepts/issues in the field of Orthopaedic and Trauma nursing.

Books and Publications

Benner, P (2001) From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing
Practice Commemorative Ed. Prentice hall US

Bickley. L (2003) Bates’ Guide To Physical Examination and History taking, 8th Ed
Lippencourt, Philadelphia

Burton, Engelkirk (2000) Microbiology for the Health Sciences, 6th edition. Lippicott, Williams & Wilkins Philadelphia

Crookes P, Davis S Eds (1998) Research in Practice: Essential Skills for Reading and Applying Research Balliere Tindall, Edinburgh in association with RCN
Dandy, D, Edwards, D, 1998 Essentials of orthopaedics and Trauma, Churchill Livingstone 3rd edn

Dolan B, Holt L. (Eds) (2000) Accident and Emergency Nursing: Theory into Practice Balliere Tindell

Eraut, M (1994) Professional Knowledge and Competence. Basingstoke.

Greaves. I, Porter K, Ryan J 2000 Trauma care Manual Hodder Ardnold

Gregory Y H Lip et al 2003 ABC of anti-thrombotic therapy

Hendrick. J (2001) Law and Ethics in Nursing and Health Care Nelson Thornes

Horn. S Munafo. M (1997) Pain Open University Press
Marieb. E 2006 Human Anatomy& Physiology 7th edn. Benjamin Cummings, London

O’Brien J 2004 Cerebrovascular Disease, Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
2nd edition

Rang H, Dale M, Ritter J 1999 Pharmacology 4th edition. Churchill Livingston, Edinburgh
Soloman, L. 2001 Apley’s systems of Orthopaedics and fractures. Arnold, London

Wilson, S Giddens, J (2001) Health Assessment for Nursing Practice Mosby

Emergency Nurse -RCN Publishing
Evidence-Based Nursing - RCN Publishing Company
Journal of Emergency Nursing –Mosby
Journal of orthopaedic Nursing
Nurse Researcher - RCN Publishing Company
NT Research - Macmillan Magazines
Research in Nursing and Health – Wiley Publishing Company

Last Updated
30TH JULY 2010