SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M3B722579
Module Leader Fiona Roche
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of level 2 modules, or equivalent

Summary of Content

This m odule will provide the student with the opportunity to consolidate their practice in caring for patients in the immediate postoperative period. It will enable students to participate in the management and prioritising of postanaesthetic and critical care. Students will have a period of reducing supervised practice in caring for, receiving and transferring highly dependent, critically ill and ventilated patients. They will adhere to national and local policies with respect to patient safety, medicines management and early warning scoring systems.


Managing and prioritising postanaesthetic and critical care. Clinical leadership in postanaesthesia and critical care. Change management and leadership theories Invasive and non-invasive techniques in the care of ventilated patients. Caring for the highly dependent patient. Caring for the critically ill patient. Transfer a nd handover of highly dependent and critically ill patients. Acute respiratory distress syndrome. Disseminated intravascular coagulation. Scottish Patient Safety Programme with reference to critical care. Medicines management in postanaesthesia and critical care. Early warning scoring systems.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate proficiency in caring for the highly dependent patient/critically ill under minimal supervision.2. Critically evaluate the care provided to a range of patients requiring invasive and non-invasive ventilatory support.3. Critically evaluate the management and prioritising of postanaesthetic and critical care and demonstrate the ability to manage their personal workload.4. Contribute to the management of the handover of care and the transfer of highly dependent and critically ill patients between departments/units/hospitals. 5. Demonstrate competence in the management, storage, preparation, and administration of prescribed medication.6. Critically appraise the efficacy of national and local policies and guidelines with respect to care of the critically ill patient.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will use lectures, practical simulations/ demonstration, directed study and independent learning to promote an understanding of the key theoretical principles of the management of postanaesthetic and critical care. Students will spend 5 weeks in clinical practice to enable them to develop, practise and consolidate a wide range of clinical skills, under the reducing supervision of a trained Mentor. Regular meetings with their Mentor will enable the students to assess their progress towards achievement of the module learning outcomes.

Indicative Reading

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland. 2013. Immediate Postanaesthetic Recovery, AAGBI, London. Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland. 2013. UK National Core Competencies in Post-anaesthesia Care, AAGBI, London. Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland. 2007. Recommendations for Standards of Monitoring During Anaesthesia and Recovery 4th edn., AAGBI, London. Cox F. 2009. Perioperative pain management illustrated edition , Wiley-Blackwell, London Cutler L.R. & Cutler J.M. 2010, Critical Care Nursing made Incredibly Easy , 1st UK edn., Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia Drain, C.B. 2009. Perianaesthesia Nursing. A Critical Care Approach , 5th ed. Saunders, St. Louis Hatfield, A. & Tronson, M. .2009. The Complete Recovery Room Book , 4th ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford Hughes, S. & Mardell, A. 2009. Oxford Handbook of Perioperative Practice Oxford Medical Publications, Oxford

Transferrable Skills

The students will become increasingly proficient in their ability to prioritise the care of patients who are highly dependent/critically ill. The learning strategies used and the practice placement learning will allow the students to lead the management and prioritising of care and consolidate their skills of assessment, analysis, problem solving, communication, patient management, team working and critical appraisal.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 32.00
Clinical placement 150 hours PLUS independent clinical placement learning 37 hours TOTAL 187 hours 187.00
Independent Learning 125 hours PLUS Directed Study 10 hours TOTAL 135 hours 135.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
WA n/a 100.00 40% 4000 word written assignment WA