The Report of the National Acute Medicine Programme (AMP) in 2010 suggests a new approach to education and training with the development of acute medicine as a specialty for physicians, nursing and therapy professions.  It further suggests that nurses working in these settings must consolidate and expand their knowledge and skills in response to the need for early detailed assessment and development of initial treatment plans (HSE, 2010). This post graduate module aspires to meet this need by providing registered nurses with evidence based knowledge and skills related to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care to meet the needs of clients with acute medical health alterations and training to expertly recognise, intervene, and manage acute changes in patients with medical illness’.  Emphasis is on the use of critical thinking skills to formulate differential nursing diagnoses, clinical impressions, nursing interventions and evaluation plans for their clients.  The use of algorithms, care pathways and patient information material aimed at the most common acute medical presentations shall be examined with respect to best practice. 

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Conducts a comprehensive initial assessment, including physical assessment, of acute medical patients and prompts investigations and timely initiation of treatment
  • Recognise and respond swiftly to the signs and symptoms of client deterioration
  • Recording and interpreting physiological parameters and other abnormal observations
  • Engage in and understand the concept of nurse led discharge planning using integrated discharge planning policies as appropriate
  • Competent in the recognition and management of common medical problems including shock, respiratory failure and cardiac failure
  • Understand the best delivery of acute medical services in the context of an integrated service area (ISA), case management, and appropriate pathways of care and transfer protocols.

Module leader Yvonne Conway, Lecturer and Programme Director Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Acute Medicine), NUI Galway

Target Market

All RGNs currently employed as a nurse in an acute medical unit (AMUs), acute medical assessment unit (AMAUs) or medical assessment units (MAUs).  Nurses working in an equivalent clinical setting that has a remit for caring for patients with acute medical conditions are eligible.  The applicants must have a minimum of 6 months experience in this setting over the past two years.

Students must have a letter from the Director of Nursing stating that they will be supported during the module.

For further details contact:

Mari Moran (Mornings: Wednesday - Friday)

School of Nursing & Midwifery 
NUI Galway