Anaesthetic nursing over the last decade has evolved and transformed into a speciality now recognised as integral in the provision of a quality perioperative experience for those requiring anaesthesia and surgery. Anaesthetic nurses are essential to the success of this growing service and as such should demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of a diverse patient population.
Person-centred approach to safe and effective anaesthetic nursing care, anaesthetic nurse’s role in and out of the operating theatre environment, a sound knowledge base in physiology and pathobiology is addressed. The role of the anaesthetic nurse in obstetric, emergency and trauma situations, care of children and obesity and anaesthesia are studied.
The Anaesthetic Nursing programme is designed to enable nurse practitioners in N. Ireland within the field of perioperative practice to acquire and develop those specific biological, psychological, social and professional knowledge and skills, necessary for quality, person centred care management in the peri-anaesthesia phase of both emergency and elective surgery. The programme is thus responsive to need and encompasses emphasis on the holistic aspects of therapeutic care management within anaesthetic nursing.
As such the anaesthetic nursing short course comprising of the following modules:
Module 1: Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Health Care
Module 2: Fundamental Anaesthetic Nursing Practice
Module 3: Anaesthetic Nursing Practice: Specialty Specific