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Diploma in Clinical Nursing Skills

Nursing
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Learn key clinical nursing skills to care for patients with a range of diseases and disorders.

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Study the course Diploma in Clinical Nursing Skills and learn more about the clinical nursing skills needed to treat a range of diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system and the central nervous system.

The course begins by explaining the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. You will then review the duties that nurses must perform to ensure that their patients are both physically and mentally prepared for clinical procedures. This section concludes by examining a range of cardiovascular disorders which you are likely to encounter as part of your clinical nursing career.

The course then explains the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. Here you will study the organs that combine to form the respiratory system. You will learn about the role that each organ plays in respiration and examine the most common factors that cause each organ to become diseased within the body. You will then study a range of physical examinations and procedures that medical personnel use to examine a patient.

The course then continues to focus on the lower digestive system, such as the intestines, pancreas and liver and how they produce enzymes and gastric juices to help in the absorption of food. You will learn about the steps and procedures for gastric and intestinal intubation, and how to identify the various signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders as well as emergency treatment procedures. The course then reviews various disorders of the respiratory system that you may encounter during your nursing career. You will examine disorders of the upper and lower respiratory systems. Here you will learn how to identify and help treat various disorders of the upper and lower respiratory systems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. You will also examine the implications that these disorders can have on the care you provide to your patient.

Next, you will learn about the digestive system and how each part functions in order to ingest, break up and carry food so that digestion can take place. The course then focuses on the various diagnostic procedures for identifying disorders of the gastrointestinal system such as auscultation, endoscopy, stool samples and gastric analysis. You will learn about the different types of gastrointestinal disorders such as gastritis, gastroenteritis, peritonitis, ulcers and intestinal obstructions. You will learn how to identify the symptoms and differing treatments for each disorder. Hepatitis and cirrhosis are also explained as well as the steps involved in the assessment and monitoring of a patient's status to aid recovery. You will also learn about diabetes, how it is caused, how to identify the symptoms, as well as emergency treatment procedures.

In the final section of the course you will learn about the structure and the function of the central nervous system (CNS). You will then learn about neurological assessment and how to accurately and completely evaluate the patient's vital signs, mental status, sensory function, motor function, and level of consciousness. . You will learn the steps and procedures involved in administering brain scans, electroencephalogram (EEG) and lumbar punctures. You will also learn about the proper positioning and care for an unconscious patient and the different types of infectious neurological diseases (Meningitis, Encephalitis) and degenerative neurological diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)). You will learn how to identify the symptoms and the differing treatments for each disorder.

This Diploma course will be of great interest to all health care professionals who would like to learn more about nursing practices and assessment techniques in relation to patient care and treatment.

Having completed this course you will be able to: - Describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. - Describe the various diagnostic procedures that can be used to determine whether or not a patient is suffering from a cardiovascular disorder. - Describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. - Identify when a patient is exhibiting abnormal respiration patterns. - Discuss the steps involved in performing various physical examinations and procedures to determine whether or not a patient is in need of respiratory surgery. - List and explain the function of, the different body parts of the digestive system. - Describe the symptoms and treatment of the main gastrointestinal disorders. - Explain the disorders which can affect the hepato-biliary system. - Identify the signs and symptoms of diabetes. - Identify the symptoms of hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis. - Describe the physiology of the central nervous system. - Identify the sub-divisions of the brain. - Use a standardized neurological assessment scale, such as the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). - Describe the different types of diagnostic procedures used to evaluate cranial, spinal and brain injuries. - Describe the types of Infectious neurological diseases that can render the patient acutely ill. - Explain the different types of cranial nerve disorders. - Discuss the objectives of care for medical and nursing management in relation to seizures associated with cranial disorders. - Describe the main types of degenerative neurological diseases. - Explain the steps to take in medical and nursing management treatment of degenerative neurological diseases.

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

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