This course, delivered by neuroscience and critical care experts, aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to critically evaluate and provide effective evidence-based care for patients post neurological trauma and those with acute and neurological disease within intensive care environment.
1 starting date
- Duration: 5 weeks (non-consecutive)
- Time: to
- Fees: £1,080 (£1,430 for overseas students)
- Course credits: 15
- Occurs: Thursday
- Course code: APM062
- Location: Northampton Square
- Application deadline:
Neuroscience Critical Care Course overview
The purpose of this 15-credit course is to enable you to effectively apply principles of care to a patient who has been admitted to a critical care setting following neurological trauma or with acute and neurological disease. These patients with acute neuroscience conditions must be expertly assessed and managed.
Once the patient has entered the critical care setting, it is essential that health care practitioners have the necessary knowledge and skills needed to ensure ongoing assessment, identification of problems, the ability to access expert help and to assist the patient on the road to rehabilitation.
This course is offered in collaboration with Barts Health NHS Trust and will be taught on site at the Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU) by leading expert clinicians in neuroscience and intensive care.
This course is taught at level 7 (MSc).
Who is it for?
We have designed this course for registered nurses working in a Critical care unit who wish to develop their knowledge of neuroscience patient management.
May: Thursday 11 and 25 May 2023
Jun: Thursday 8 and 22 June 2023
Jul: Thursday 6 July 2023
This course is offered in collaboration with Barts Health NHS Trust and will be taught on site at the Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU). Leading Neuro intensive care clinicians and experts are involved in the teaching of the course.
What will I learn?
In this course, you will learn about the following;
- Neurophysiology and anatomy
- Traumatic brain injury and management of raised Intracranial Pressure
- Multimodal monitoring
- Subarachnoid Haemorrhage
- Intracerebral Haemorrhage
- Brain Tumours
- Status Epilepticus
- Central nervous system infections
- Spinal cord injury
- Gullain Barre Syndrome
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Brain stem testing and organ donation
- Service user perspective
- Psychosocial care and rehabilitation
By the end of the course you will able to:
Knowledge and understanding:
- Critically evaluate and apply knowledge of neurophysiology and pathophysiology to rationalise and evaluate patient changes.
- Critically examine and apply care interventions which are reflective of current research and synthesise how practice can be developed according to the current research/evidence.
- Prioritise and critically evaluate immediate, short term and long-term goals to influence neuroscience critical care patient outcome and rehabilitation.
- Through the critical evaluation of patient data and holistic assessment, rationalise key interventions in patient care in respect to current practice recommendations.
- Critically examine psychosocial requirements, including end of life needs, of the patients and their families based on ethical principles.
Values and Attitudes:
- Reflect on the role of neuroscience critical care nurse to promote compassionate, collaborative, patient centred care within the wider multi-disciplinary team.
- Reflect upon personal development needs in relation to knowledge/ skill acquisition including personal resilience and develop strategies to address these.
Assessment and certificates
You will be taught through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, skill stations, tutorials, student – directed learning and structured group work. You will be taught by neuro intensivist and experts in neuro critical care.
The assessment is a reflective essay and a competency book.
You will be required to develop a 2500 word easy based on a patient who has a neuroscience condition requiring level 3 critical care in which you will critically evaluate and appraise the evidence based for an aspect of care. You must also synthesise how your learning can influence and develop practice within your clinical area.
Clinical Competency book
You will be assessed on a range of clinical competencies within the Neurological Speciality Competencies designed by National Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Critical Care, which will incorporate assessment of relevant knowledge and skills. You will be assessed by an experienced critical care practitioner, within a definitive care setting, whilst caring for the critically ill neurological patient.
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.
You need to be currently working in a critical care setting which cares for patient with neurotrauma or acute neurological disease.
You should also have completed a post registration specialist intensive care nursing programme.
If your first language is not English, one of the following is required:
- A first degree from UK university
- A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City University, London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions from Australia, Canada or the United States of America
- International English Language Test Service (IELTS) score of 7.0 is required with no subtest below 7.0
- Pearson test of English (Academic) score 72 required
- TOFEL 100 overall with 24 in writing, 20 in listening, 19 in reading and 20 in speaking
- Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned, including registration with your professional regulator.
It is expected that students access online journals, medical and nursing literature and allied health professional sources.
- Estomih, M., Greuner, G., Dockery, P., Fitzgerald, M. (2021) Fitzgerald’s Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience, 8th ed. Elsevier (Available at Northampton square)
- Hickey, J (2019) Clinical practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
- Illes,J and Hossain,S.(2017) Neuroethics: Anticipating the future,1st ed. Oxford University Press. eBook online
- Lee, K (2017) The Neuro ICU book, 2nd edition, New York: McGrew Hill Professional.
- Roux,P.L, Levine, J and Kofke, W (2013) Monitoring in Neurocritical care, Philadelphia: W.B.Saunders.
- Ryan, D., (2019) Handbook of Neuroscience Nursing: Care of the Neurosurgical Patient, 1st ed, New York: Thieme
- Woodward, S and Mestecky, A. (2011) Neuroscience Nursing-Evidence Based Practice. Oxford: Blackwell
- Woodward, S and Waterhouse, C. (2021) Oxford Handbook of Neuroscience Nursing, 2nd ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- After trauma
- American Association of Neuroscience Nurses https://www.aacn.org/
- Brain and spine
- British Association of Neuroscience Nurses