Module title: Foundation in Critical Care for remote and rural staff

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS09164
Module leader: Pam Ramsay
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Generic - School of Health and Social Care


2020/1, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Caroline Nicholson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A range of teaching strategies including collaborative group work with learning set evaluations, practical workshops and independent learning will encourage students to engage with learning and develop skills and knowledge required to manage critically ill patients. Learning Outcomes 1 & 2 will be achieved by face to face learning and the assessment strategy. Learning Outcome 3 will be facilitated through the use of work based learning and achievement of core competencies. Self assessment tools and learning sets will be utilised in order to encourage students to achieve Learning Outcome 4.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments as explained below are intended to support students new to critical care nursing practice. This will provide the opportunity to feed forward and allow learners to critically reflect on new learning and refine ideas, encouraging deep learning.
The format of the formative exercises will encourage independence and clinical decision making skills through clinical assessment.

Regular formative assessment will be in the form of work based learning and a formative OSCE in week 8 to prepare students for the summative workbased competency submission . Clinical Scenario assessment will be supported by constructive alignment of the teaching sessions to prepare students for Summative assessment Objective Structured Clinical Examination in a simulated environment with the clinical mentor which is videoed and uploaded onto moodle for academic assessment.

Summative Assessment:
A portfolio of evidence demonstrating understanding of the key learning within learning outcomes 1 and 2 will be presented as a case based discussion. This will be related to their formative assessment. There will be core clinical competencies related to learning outcome 3 which will be signed off by their clinical mentors these will be undertaken in their workplace setting. Learning outcome 4 will involve the completion of learning set materials and self assessment to demonstrate knowledge within this learning outcome.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 18
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 7
Independent Learning Guided independent study 105
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3&4 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will provide you with an introduction to Critical Care Nursing and will support provision of underpinning knowledge to support the safe and effective care of critical care patients. In order to promote patient safety, you will engage in a number of different learning experiences to develop and enhance your knowledge, competency skills and technical abilities.

This module will include online and clinical skills sessions incorporating the following:
IT and writing skills.
Pathophysiology specifically relating to sepsis, respiratory failure, acute coronary syndrome, major trauma including head, neck and abdominal trauma.
Evidence base to support best practice when caring of people with critical illness presenting with life threatening conditions
Core critical care skill in respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal care
Cardiovascular support and pharmacological management in critical care.
Communication and non-technical skills including situational awareness, teamworking and psychological effects of people experiencing and critical and life threatening illness.
Initial assessment and advanced airway and cardiovascular management in the context of critical care .
Ethical issues associated with critical care nursing practice including withdrawing and withholding treatment, organ donation and family witnessed resuscitation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Apply knowledge and understanding of normal and altered physiology to the assessment, treatment and management of critically ill patients.
LO2: Implement and evaluate an evidence informed plan of care for the critically ill, promoting safe, effective person-centred care.
LO3: Select,apply and justify core management skills in support and care of the person who is critically ill across a range of clinical scenarios
LO4: Reflect on the ethical and legal issues associated with critical care nursing practice.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NMS09164 - Foundation in Critical Care for Remote and Rural Staff