This module aims to strengthen and develop competence in emergency practice in order to enhance and optimise patient care. A variety of areas reflecting the diverse nature of emergency care are covered including trauma, mental health, paediatrics, minor injuries and contemporary professional issues.
Who is this module for?
This module is suitable for nurses working in the Emergency Department who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in caring for patients attending the ED. A variety of areas reflecting the diverse nature of emergency care, are covered including trauma, mental health, paediatrics, minor injuries and contemporary professional issues.
The module learning outcomes, indicative content and assessment strategy are aligned to the Royal College of Nursing / Emergency Care Association (ECA) National Curriculum and Competency Framework (NCCF) (RCN, 2017) .
Programme entry requirements
Students will usually have completed the ‘Acutely Unwell Adult’ module or equivalent, should normally have a minimum of one year’s experience in the Emergency Department and completed the Level One competencies of the NCCF (RCN, 2017).
Students should be regularly working in an Emergency Department.
Formative assessment of progress towards achieving practice competencies.
Students may submit summative assignment drafts for feedback prior to submission.
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT 1: Competency Assessment Document Pass / Fail
The competency assessment will incorporate the national level 2 emergency nursing competencies as per the NCCF (2017). These will be assessed in the participant’s clinical practice setting.
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT 2: Written assignment 100 % weighted
Students will be required to select a relevant aspect of emergency care and critically evaluate the underpinning evidence-base.
1. Demonstrates critical awareness of current best practice in Emergency Care in order to deliver high-quality and holistic emergency care to a range of client groups.
2. Demonstrates skills competency in at least one NCCF clinical domain which demonstrates safe nursing practice and clinical proficiency.
3. Applies theoretical knowledge to optimise the management and care of patients in the emergency department.
4. Demonstrates effective communication skills between service users and the wider interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams.
5. Critically appraises the quality and findings of current research in order to promote evidence-based care for patients in the emergency department.
6. Demonstrates a critical awareness of national policy and wider ethical, legal and professional perspectives which influence provision of care in the ED.
7. Critically considers ways in which to further develop and lead effective, integrated and high-quality care of ED patients in one clinical domain.
Course length: 10 Teaching Days