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Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education


NW6015 [Module]

Emergency practice

Academic Level:

6 (Undergraduate)

30 Credits

This module can contribute to the following programmes

Intake Dates

Course details

This module is suitable for nurses and other registered healthcare practitioners 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)1.



The module aims to strengthen and develop competence in emergency care in order to enhance and optimise and lead patient care.


What and how you will learn on this module


How you will learn:

This module is delivered using a blended learning approach which integrates a variety of on-campus and online activities, supported by Canvas, the University’s virtual learning environment. A complementary range of activities are employed to engage you in the critical exploration of key topic areas, and the completion of formative tasks during the module also helps to keep you on track with the learning and gain feedback on your understanding of the content. A sense of community is developed and maintained with frequent opportunities for peer learning, enabling you to share your practice experiences and to learn from each other. Level 6 and level 7 students taking this module may be taught together.

Academic writing and critical thinking skills are developed through ‘The Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit’ and other academic practice activities embedded within the module, that have been designed to nurture the skills needed to facilitate you to become a thoughtful, objective and reasoned thinker. This will help you tackle the assignment(s) confidently, understand marking criteria, use evidence, take a reasoned approach, make structured arguments and engage with other points of view. 


What you will learn:

Organisational developments and professional issues in Emergency Care

• Context of Emergency Care

• Interprofessional working

• Legal and ethical issues

• Accountability

• Decision making


Interventions and skills in practice

• Haemodynamic monitoring

• Arterial blood gas analysis

• 12-lead ECG analysis and interpretation

• Rapid sequence intubation

• Care of ventilated patient

• Non-invasive ventilation

• Tracheostomy care

• Wound assessment and closure

• Limb immobilisation

• Primary patient assessment


Management of specialist emergencies, including:

• Obstetric and gynaecological emergencies

• Major trauma

• Stroke

• Heart failure and cardiac rhythm disturbances

• Alcohol withdrawal, Liver disease and GI bleed

• Cardiac arrest

• Poisoning


Care of sick children in the emergency department

• Physiological differences

• Paediatric assessment

• Management of common presentations

• Child protection issues


Mental health

• Risk assessment

• Common mental health disorders

• Suicide and self-harm

• Mental health policy


Musculoskeletal injuries

• Anatomy and physiology

• Limb assessment and the role of radiological investigations

• Pathophysiology and classification of fractures

• Immobilisation techniques


Wound and burns care

• Wound assessment and classification

• Minor and severe burns

• Wound management including closure and dressings


Ophthalmic and ENT emergencies

• Anatomy and physiology

• ENT and eye assessment including visual acuity

• Management of common presentations


Academic practice

• Database searching

• Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

• Critical Thinking Skills Toolkit


Course length: 10 teaching days


Literature review (3000 words) and Competency assessment document


Learning outcomes

Demonstrate awareness of the specialist knowledge required to work collaboratively with a range of client groups in order to deliver quality emergency care.

Confidently effectively communicate sensitive information with patients,relative and the wider interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams.

Demonstrate competency in the delivery of care to a range of individuals in the context of a multifaceted and unpredictable emergency environment.

Articulate an understanding of the complex interplay of factors (including wider ethical, legal and professional perspectives) which influence provision of care in the Emergency Department (ED), recognising the implications of these for problem solving in clinical practice.

Critically analyse the findings of current research (including national and local guidelines) in order to promote evidence-based care for patients in the ED.

Consider ways to further develop effective, integrated and high-quality care for ED patients.

Course Information


Course Leader



Course delivery

Kingston WFD Admissions Team

Nicola Watts

Blended Learning. On-Campus sessions subject to change. If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.


Course pre-requisites

Programme entry requirements.

Students will normally have completed the Acutely Unwell Adult module or equivalent and 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).

Co-requisites: Students should be regularly working in an Emergency Department.




Self-funding students will need to make a one-off payment for the module via our secure payment portal before the online enrolment process.


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