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Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Enhancing Step 3 Competency in Adult Critical Care
University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

 

Course overview

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants.
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

This award is for adult critical care nurses currently working within the critical care environment. It addresses the guidelines for critical care nursing as described by the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum, incorporating the Critical Care National Competency Framework Step 3.

You develop your knowledge through a variety of learning and teaching strategies including seminars, direct supervision in the clinical area, e-resources and simulation. You use our virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees to support your learning with podcasts, blogs and videos. This module has an emphasis on the safe and effective integration of knowledge and evidence to support your clinical decision-making. You take part in highly realistic patient simulation training within the simulation laboratory to experience teamwork, leadership, communication skills and aspects of clinical practice in a protected learning environment.The course is delivered over five contact days over a ten-week period within semester 2. You address the complex care needs required by critically ill patients, enabling you to develop evidence-based knowledge and skills to support effective clinical decision-making.

 

Course details

What you study

The award covers all major systems and related pathophysiology and pharmacology linked with the step 3 competencies along with leadership and service improvement.

How you learn

The taught component is over a ten-week period within semester 1, comprising one day every alternate week in University (five days in total).

You develop your knowledge through a variety of methods including seminars, direct supervision in the clinical area, e-resources and simulation. You take part in student-led seminars based on case studies and scenarios to encourage you, as a multidisciplinary practitioner, to enhance your individual learning needs while networking and extending your knowledge and practice base. You also share group work and experiences with professionals from other acute and critical care areas. During group work there is an emphasis on reflective practice and decision-making strategies. 

You are encouraged to identify your own learning needs and do some self-directed study through weekly workbooks and pre-seminar reading. 

You take part in highly realistic patient simulation training which helps you experience teamwork, leadership, communication skills and aspects of clinical practice in a learning environment. This module focuses on the safe and effective integration of knowledge and evidence to support your clinical decision-making. 

You can access a virtual learning environment for support. We encourage you to engage in all aspects of this environment for example blogs, podcasts and videos to facilitate an interactive learning environment. You also have tutorial support from the module team.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a formative and a summative assessment. You are required to submit a word processed draft plan assignment (maximum of 400 words) by week 8 of the module. Feedback is based on the relevant aspects of the assessment criteria for the summative assignment.

Your summative assessment comprises two components. Component one is a 3,000-word written assignment which is 100% of your course. The assignment demonstrates a systematic and evaluative approach to clinical decision-making in relation to the holistic care of the critically ill adult patient. You are also required to critically debate and explore key aspects of the care in relation to the role of an adult critical care nurse, normally submitted in week 10, semester 2. This assesses learning outcomes RKCS1-2.

The second component is a portfolio of competencies at Stage 3 (pass or fail). A portfolio of evidence of achieving Step 3 competencies is normally submitted in week 12, semester 3.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have Step 1 and Step 2 competencies, and T4t Training.

 

Employability

Career opportunities

This course enables you to comply with national standards for critical care nursing education national standards.

 
 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:

  • Length: 5 full days at university
  • Credits: 30, Level: Masters
  • Enrolment date: January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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