SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MHB723510
Module Leader Kate Hill
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Registered general nurse who has been working within a critical care area for at least 12 months, has completed IV medicines administration and has demonstrated study at level 8

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to enable practitioners in critical care areas (ITU /HDU / CCU) to develop the ability to integrate, apply, critically analyse and evaluate knowledge from nursing, ethical, social, medical and biological sciences. The student will consolidate this learning within a safe environment through simulated scenarios and skills based workshops. The content will assist to develop an individual who is able to analyse and evaluate nursing practice in the critical care environment, with emphasis on the wider context of care and knowledge of research-based and reflective practice.


Cardiac: ECG advanced rhythm recognition; Cardiovascular Patho-physiology; Invasive haemodynamic monitoring; Cardiac Pacing; Heart Failure; Use of Vasoactive Drugs; Sepsis Respiratory: Interpretation of arterial blood gases; Difficult Intubation Workshop; Wider aspects of artificial ventilation; Respiratory Failure; Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome; Physiotherapy in critical care Renal: Patho-physiology of Acute Renal Failure; Fluid & electrolyte balance in the critically ill Other Issues: Organ donation ethical issues; head injury & Brain Stem Death; Sedation in ITU; pain relief in HDU; Breaking bad news; Governance; rehabilitation; Person centredness in critical care

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Critically appraise the patho-physiological processes in relation to the patient with single/multi-organ failure. 2. Critically evaluate the research which inderpins the provision of critical care.3. Evaluate and reflect on the application of evidence-based and person centred practice in the care of the critically ill patient. 4. Critically analyse the current issues and debates, including policy and legislation, relating to the provision of critical care5. Demonstrate evidence of clinical learning, reflection and change management via a learning log of clinical and educational activity.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module offers only a blended delivery. A combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, workshops, directed and self-directed study will be utilised. The student will always obtain a minimum of 36 hours of contact time with the module team, excluding individual academic support. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies, irrespective of delivery mode is to support the development of autonomous, independent problem solving and decision making within the parameters of their profession competence, role and employers agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent).

Indicative Reading

Department of Health (2009) Competencies for Recognising and Responding to Acutely Ill Patients in Hospital National Institute of Clinical Excellence (2007) Acutely ill patients in hospital Recognition of and response to acute illness in adults in hospital Surviving Sepsis website : <> Scottish intensive Care Society: Tait, D. (2012) Acute and Critical Carte in Adult Nursing London. Sage

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 220.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% 5000 - 6000 word clinical learning portfolio