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Nursing - Clinical Skills Learning Path

The role of a modern nursing professional is varied and multi-dimensional. In order to perform the role well a nurse must have a wide range of clinical skills. Clinical skills allow a nurse to monitor and care for their patients correctly so they get the best care and any problems are spotted early. The Alison Learning Path Nursing – Clinical Skills will present you with an overview of different clinical skills a nurse may require when treating patients. You will learn how nurses use these clinical skills to make sure patients get the best care possible. The Alison Learning Path Nursing – Clinical Skills is a series of courses that will introduce you to some of the many clinical skills nursing professionals possess, giving you an overview of good nursing practices and techniques in different situations.



Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Nursing Studies - Clinical Skills: Caring for Cardiovascular Patients

    The free online course Nursing Studies - Clinical Skills: Caring for Cardiovascular Patients introduces you to the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective clinical care and assistance to cardiovascular surgical patients that you may find in your care. The course begins by examining the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. You will learn about the role that each organ has in cardiovascular function and examine the most common factors that cause these organs to become diseased within the body. You will study a range of procedures which doctors use to determine whether or not a patient is in need of cardiovascular surgery. You will then review the duties that nurses must perform to ensure that their patients are both physically and mentally prepared for such clinical procedures and are comfortable after they are carried out. 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 introduces you to the most common complications experienced by patients after cardiovascular surgery. Here you will learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of a variety of complications and the clinical action that is needed after the symptoms have been identified. You will also examine the clinical implications that such complications can have on the nursing care you provide to your patients. This free online nursing studies course will be of great interest to all health care professionals who would like to learn more about the clinical care of cardiovascular patients. The course will also be of great interest to any learner who is planning a career in the area of nursing or other areas of the health care sector.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  2. Nursing Studies - Clinical Skills: Caring for Respiratory Patients

    The free online course Nursing Studies - Clinical Skills: Caring for Respiratory Patients is designed to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective care and assistance to any patients who are experiencing respiratory difficulties that you may find in your care.

    The course begins by examining 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 often use to determine whether or not a patient is in need of respiratory surgery. Finally, you will examine the duties that nurses must perform to ensure that their patients are both physically and mentally prepared for such procedures and are comfortable after they are carried out.

    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.

    This free online nursing Alison course will be of great interest to all health care professionals who would like to ensure that their skills are kept to the highest standard. The course will also be of great interest to any learner who is planning a career in the area of nursing or other areas of the health care sector.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  3. Nursing Studies - Clinical Skills: The Digestive System

    The free online course Nursing Studies - Clinical Skills: The Digestive System is designed to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective care and assistance to any patients who are experiencing gastrointestinal difficulties that you may find in your care.

    The course begins by examining the function of the digestive system. You will learn about proteins, carbohydrates and fatty acids, how they are broken down in the digestive system and provide fuel for the body's metabolism. You will then 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. Finally, you will examine 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.

    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. Here you will learn how to identify the various signs and symptoms which show that a patient is need of consultation with a physician. Next you will examine the steps and procedures for gastric and intestinal intubation, which is the process of passing a tube through the nose or mouth, through the esophagus, and into the stomach or intestine to obtain a specimen of stomach contents, to lavage the stomach or to allow for drainage of stomach contents.

    Finally, 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.

    This free online nursing course will be of great interest to all health care professionals who would like to learn more about good nursing practices and techniques that help protect and maintain the health and safety of both the nursing professional and patient

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  4. Nursing Studies - Clinical Skills: Neurological Disorders

    The free online course Nursing Studies - Clinical Skills: Neurological Disorders will be of great interest to any learner who wants to learn more about the function and structure of the central nervous system as well as the symptoms and treatments of the main disorders associated with it.

    The course begins by examining the function of the central nervous system (CNS). You will learn about the structure of the brain and the spinal cord which share a continuous and protective membrane cover called the meninges. You will 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.

    The course then focuses on the various diagnostic procedures used for identifying problems, such as intracranial pressure, tumors, bleeding, and infection. Here you will learn how to identify the various signs and symptoms and to observe and record the a patient's vital signs and level of consciousness. Next you will examine the organs involved in the sensory system such as the eyes and ears which allow us to detect changes in our environment and provide the body with information necessary for homeostasis. You will also learn about these sensory organs are examined and how to administer treatments.

    Finally, you will learn about the different types of infectious neurological diseases such as meningitis, encephalitis, poliomyelitis acute and Guillain-Barre syndrome. You will learn how to identify the symptoms and differing treatments for each disorder. You will also learn about cranial nerve disorders such as bells palsy, how to identify its symptoms, and make the patient aware of the signs and symptoms as well as the treatment procedures. You will gain insight into degenerative nervous system disorders such as as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's disease, as well as the symptoms and treatments that are available.

    This free online nursing course will be of great interest 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 of nervous system disorders.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Nursing - Clinical Skills Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.