Module code: NUR2183

Module Overview

The purpose of the module is to enable students to develop the skills required to undertake post-anaesthetic care of all identified patient groups and to apply relevant knowledge and understanding whilst participating in the process of care delivery in the immediate post-anaesthetic period. Building upon knowledge and skills from the modules undertaken as part of year one to develop

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

TARRANT Claire (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: B700

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Physical Health and Sciences, Practice Module 1, Understanding Research and Evidence Based Practice, Concepts of Caring and ODP Practice Portfolio 1

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Over-view of PACU

  • Effects of prescribed medication on the recovery phase

  • Anti-emetics

  • Patient monitoring: Inc. ECG and BG analysis

  • Association with ITU & HDU

  • Airway management

  • Respiration & Ventilation

  • Cardiovascular system

  • Shock & Fluid management

  • Wounds, drains and supports

  • Peri-arrest recognition and treatment

  • Pain: Pharmacology, Management & Psychology

  • Patient assessment methods including ABCDE, AVPU and GCS

  • Paediatric specific assessment

  • Obstetric specific assessment

  • Communication: Inc. Documentation & Handover

  • Discharge criteria

  • End of life care / organ donation

  • Exploring the issue of ethics and scope of professional practice

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Exam 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Knowledge of fundamental principles that underpin safe postoperative care: monitoring and observations, pain management, the process of receiving a patient, emergency situations and the deteriorating patient

  • Understanding of how physiological parameters are effected by commonly seen conditions and interventions

  • Understanding of communication in the postoperative environment

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Exam, 100%, 2 hours (addresses learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5)

  • 2 Short answer questions

  • 50 Multiple choice questions

  • 5 Extended matching questions

Formative assessment

  • Exam, 100%, 2 hours (addresses learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5)

  • 2 Short answer questions

  • 50 Multiple choice questions

  • 5 Extended matching questions

Students will have the opportunity to take a full formative exam – this will completed online as the summative will be, in the environment of their choosing (home, University library or computer room).

Feedback will be given online and during individual tutorials.


The case based discussion will allow for reflection on achievement and areas for development as identified during the simulated practice sessions with feedback forming an important part of this process.

Group activities will be facilitated so there will be opportunity for identification of areas for development and ongoing achievement.

Group activities include the production of a presentation and an algorithm for which feedback will be given.

For the formative assessment both written and verbal feedback will be given to inform the summative assessment.

Module aims

  • This module aims to enable students to develop;• Skills required to undertake post-anaesthetic care of all identified patient groups
  • • Apply relevant knowledge and understanding
  • • Participating in the process of care delivery in the immediate post-anaesthetic period.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to assess, manage and implement pain management strategies, as well as understanding the effects of both, prescribed pain medication and, side-effect inhibiting medication, for all patient groups.
002 2. Understand and implement a systematic approach to patient assessment; including the interpretation of a range of physiological data, and responds appropriately to adverse patient conditions, or emergencies. KCPT
003 3. Develop an awareness of the complexity of individualized patient care, whilst demonstrating the ability to pre-empt care, based on the type of procedure and clinical specialty for all patient groups. KCPT
004 4. Monitor and manage the patient’s airway; demonstrate the techniques of using artificial airways and patient positions, to maintain unobstructed respiration, including how surgical and anaesthetic procedures may compromise the airway for both adults and paediatrics. KCPT
005 5. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate information systems, using them to deliver clear, legible and coherent records to ensure communicating between the multi-disciplinary team is effect, in order to facilitate the safe transfer of patients; whilst promoting their rights and wellbeing as supported by the HPC code of conduct. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Deliver a fully blended approach for module delivery, with the emphasis is on skills development and application, decision-making and application of knowledge.

  • Provide an authentic and comprehensive educational strategy incorporating a range of learning approaches.

  • Contextualise and embed learning into key concepts / themes in an authentic environment utilising reflection and reflexivity.

The learning and teaching methods include:


All content delivered online and acessed by students in a self directed manner;

  • Service User Videos (1 hour x 1 week) +  Guided evaluation (1 hour x 1 week)

  • Clinical Practice Videos (1 hour x 2 weeks) + Guided evaluation (1 hour x 2 weeks)

  • CAS Test Video (1 x 20 mins x 1 week) + Guided evaluation (1 hour x 1 week)

  • Panopto (1 hour x 2 weeks) + students encouraged to review content 

  • Self-assessments (pre and post (6 hours x 2 weeks)

  • Link to external sources (8 hours x 2 weeks)

  • Guidance to find evidence to further underpin practice – policies, equipment, protocols (4 hours x 2 weeks)

Student / Teacher contact

  • Simulated Practice Scenarios (4 hours x 2 weeks)

  • Facilitated Case Base Discussion (2 hours x 2 weeks)

  • Faciliated Group Activities (2 hours x 2 weeks)

  • Real time sim event (7 hours x 1 week)

  • Individual tutorial (45 mins x 1 week)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.