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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title General Nursing 2B
Module Code NS221
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ciara White
Semester 2: Ciara White
Autumn: Ciara White
Module TeachersCiara White
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will use a biopsychosocial perspective to explore the treatment and management of patients with disorders of the cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory systems. The recognition and nursing management of the deteriorating patient in the peri-operative period underpinned by the principles of enhanced recovery after surgery. (ERAS) will also be explored. The delivery of care will be considered from a person centred perspective underpinned by the self-management support approach. The module is delivered through a combination of lectures, clinical skills sessions and group tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing management of patients with cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory conditions systems using a person centred approach to care.
2. Perform the clinical skills deemed necessary for the nursing management of the above patient/client groups.
3. Explore the nurses role in promoting health in relation to the above patient/client group underpinned by the self-management support approach.
4. Gain an understanding of pharmacology associated with the nursing management of the above patient groups.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the social and psychological aspects of these conditions and of the nursing care attached to them.
6. Demonstrate and ability to recognise, assess, plan and evaluate nursing management of the deteriorating patient and patients/clients in the peri-operative period.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture28No Description
Clinical laboratory2No Description
Independent Study120No Description
Tutorial10No Description
Tutorial4tutor led tutorials
Clinical laboratory9clinical education centre
Directed learning27Directed readings and video review in advance of clinical skills
Independent Study100student will undertake independent learning
Total Workload: 348

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Biological aspects of disease
Biological aspects of disease and particular conditions affecting the cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory systems.

Management of nursing care.
Assessment strategies, care planning and evaluation of care.

Post-operative care.
Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), role of the post-operative assessment and education.

Shock and multi-system failure.
Pathophysiology of shock, conditions precipitating shock, stages of shock and it management.

Early warning score.
Recognition of the deteriorating patient and use of the ISBAR tool.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizMCQs30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Brooker, C and Nicol, M: 2012, Alexander's Nursing Practice, 4 ed., Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh,
  • Brunner, L.S. and Smeltzer,S: 2010, Brunner and Suddarth's textbook of medical-surgical nursing, 12ed, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, Pa; London,
  • Cooper, S. Rankin, J. Jevon, P. Endacott R: 2009, Clinical Nursing Skills: core and advanced, Oxford University Press, New York,
  • Niven N: 2006, The Psychology of Nursing Care, Palgrave MacMilllan Basingstoke,
  • Dougherty,L Lister, S. E: 2011, The Royal Marsden Hospital manual of clinical nursing procedures, 8 ed, Wiley-Blackwell, Chicester,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
Date of Last Revision19-SEP-08

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