The role of a modern nursing professional is varied and multi-dimensional. In order to perform the role well a nurse must have knowledge in a wide range of areas in order to give patients the best treatment possible.
The Alison Learning Path Nursing – General Nursing will present you with an overview of different duties and roles a nurse may have. You will learn how through a nurse’s varied duties they support other hospital staff and patients in an effectively and safe manner. The Alison Learning Path Nursing – General Nursing is a series of courses that will introduce you to some of the many duties nursing professionals perform on a daily basis, giving you an overview of the role of a nurse. You will also learn about that skills and techniques required for nurses in the different duties they perform.
Courses in this Learning Path
Nursing Studies - Patient Care and Hygiene
The daily responsibility for protecting the patient from additional injury or illness rests with the nursing team. Following on from the Introduction to Nursing Studies course, the learner is now introduced to the essential elements of adult patient care. This nursing course provides an overview of the skills and techniques required in areas such as advanced patient hygiene procedures, environmental health and safety awareness for the practice nurse, and how to ensure patient safety and comfort in the adult care setting. Advanced principles of hygiene provides the learner with an overview of the functions, methods and techniques applied in providing adult patient care with particular emphasis on the daily bath, oral hygiene and the benefits of a back massage in patient comfort. Essential patient personal care routines are also discussed. Environmental health outlines the necessary health and safety procedures relating to patient care and the safe operational use of electrical equipment. Patient care safety measures introduces the learner to techniques that help prevent falls and protect patients who are at risk from injury, burns or scalds, together with steps to prevent the spread of micro-organisms in the care environment. This nursing course will be of great interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about advanced nursing practices and procedures in adult patient care.2-3 Hours50 Points
Nursing Studies - The Physical Examination
In order for the nursing professional to devise a correct, accurate and effective care plan for their patients, it is necessary to perform a series of medical tests and evaluations.
This nursing studies course provides the learner with an overview of the vital role of the nursing professional in supporting both the Patient and Physician along with the procedures and techniques applied when performing the Physical Examination, the Physical Assessment, Specimen Collection and measurement of Patient Vital Signs to ensure accurate patient diagnosis and corresponding care plan.
The learner will first gain an overview of the systematic approach to conducting an effective physical examination. Components of the physical assessment provides the learner with an overview of the assessment process which is based on subjective data from the patient's complaint and objective data resulting from tests carried out and observations made during the physical examination.
Specimen collection provides a more focused series of test procedures to determine the functioning and health status of vital internal organs and body components. Patient vital signs are measured through weight, blood pressure, pulse and temperature readings.
These measurements form the basis for other more in depth medical checks that are performed when necessary.
This nursing studies course will be of great interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about practises and procedures utilised by nursing professionals for the effective diagnosis and treatment of patients in a healthcare setting.2-3 Hours50 Points
Nursing Studies - Role of Nurse in Surgical Care
Nursing staff provide essential support during all phases of the surgical cycle, which encompasses the peri-operative, pre-operative, intra-operative and recovery room phases.
In this nursing studies course the learner is introduced to the vital roles performed by the medical team throughout the surgical experience.
The range of surgical interventions performed in the treatment of disease and disorders are outlined, along with the related nursing implications and corresponding patient care procedures applied during the surgical cycle. Peri-operative patient care introduces the surgical experience with particular reference to the types and classification of surgical interventions, their function, risk level and impact on the patient.
The pre-operative phase outlines patient preparation procedures which start once surgical intervention is agreed, through to the patient's arrival on the operating table. Nursing implications, patient care, communication and the relevant documentation process are outlined.
The intra-operative phase refers to patient surgery and ends when the patient is transferred to the recovery room. The learner is introduced to the surgical team and their respective functions.
The selection, type, effect and administration method of the anaesthetic agents is also discussed. Patients are transferred directly to the Recovery Room after the surgical intervention procedure is complete and remain there until sufficiently conscious to respond to stimuli.
Key elements of the course focus on post-operative complications and patient care procedures in relation to body systems treated.
This nursing studies course will be of great interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to acquire a greater understanding of the key phases in the surgical experience and the types of surgical interventions performed in the treatment of injury, disease and disorders.2-3 Hours50 Points
Nursing Studies - Communication and Transcultural Factors
Nursing is a very important profession within the health care sector. The nursing profession focuses on the quality care of sick individuals within hospital settings and also on the care of individuals and families within society. This nursing course provides the learner with an overview of the skills, techniques, and approaches required to effectively treat a diverse range of patients. Key elements of the course introduce the learner to aspects and concepts of health, communication techniques and methods used to establish a patient’s basic needs to ensure the necessary care is provided. You will learn about the patient’s reaction to hospitalisation and illness together with the emotional response. You will review the stages of illness along with therapeutic communication techniques, interview techniques and communication approaches to apply when treating patients who are blind, deaf and speakers of other languages. You will also learn about transcultural nursing and how it addresses the issues encountered when providing medical care to diverse cultural groups, or those from cultures different from the nursing professionals. The course material also creates an awareness of the impact and associated challenges that can exist when providing patient care in transcultural settings. This nursing course will be of great interest to health care workers who would like to learn more about nursing skills, and to any learner who is interested in pursuing nursing as a career.2-3 Hours50 Points
Nursing Studies - Health and Safety, Movement and Exercise
Ensuring adequate health and safety is vital in the healthcare setting to prevent the spread of pathogens and to protect both the nursing professional and their patients.
This nursing course provides the learner with an overview of important health and safety guidelines that aid in the prevention and transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and blood-borne pathogens.
Other key elements of the course focus on good body mechanics that demonstrate the importance of correct posture and body alignment for lifting heavy objects or when moving patients or materials from one location to another.
Ambulating the patient is one of the tasks the nursing professional performs regularly to assist the recovery process and ensure patient comfort, sleep, and relaxation when bed bound. The type and range of positions are outlined, together with procedures to apply when positioning and turning adult patients with specific spinal or surgical conditions.
Range-of-motion exercises introduce the learner to the challenges presented by immobility, the impact on the patient’s overall body system, and the resulting psychosocial effects.
The purpose, type, and time of exercises are discussed with guidelines for planning the appropriate range-of-motion exercises, the possible contraindications and the importance of documenting a patient’s progress.
This nursing course will be of great interest to all healthcare professionals who would like to learn more about good nursing practices and techniques that help protect and maintain the health and safety of both nursing professional and patient in any healthcare setting.2-3 Hours50 Points
Nursing Studies - Diet Therapy
A healthy diet is fundamental to sustaining life, supporting vital body functions and maintaining a disease free body. Correct dietary combinations are also necessary in supporting the patient’s healing and recovery process.
This nursing studies course provides the learner with an overview of the key elements in diet therapy. The module Factors Influencing Diet introduces the learner to the intrinsic and extrinsic factors impacting the patient’s diet. The range of lifestyle, cultural and religious factors influencing diet and diet choice are reviewed and the resulting health implications for the patient are outlined.
The module Reasons for the Therapeutic Diet examines the range of medical disorders requiring special dietary preparations to assist the healing process, correct an imbalance or supply necessary dietary nutrients when a pre-existing medical condition exits.
The module Standard Hospital Diets identifies the range of food combinations used in diet preparation to meet the needs of patients with diverse medical and recovery needs. Food ingredients and preparation methods are outlined, enabling the learner to identify and match diet preparations to patient healing and recovery requirements.
The vital active role of the practice nurse in diet therapy in assisting and supporting the patient recovery process is also discussed. The range of nursing interventions in the hospital and patient-care setting are outlined, as is the role of the specialist dietary practitioner.
This nursing studies course will be of great interest to all professionals in the healthcare sector who would like to acquire a greater knowledge and understanding of diet therapy as a key factor in maintaining overall body health and wellness.2-3 Hours50 Points
Nursing Studies - The Nurse as Team Leader and Teacher
The essential role of nurse as caregiver is well recognised but the modern nurse can also be a team leader and healthcare teacher. This nursing course provides an overview of the varied dimensions associated with the practical nurse as team leader within the healthcare setting.
The course defines team nursing as well as reviewing the types of leadership styles employed and their impact on team performance and productivity levels. Additionally, the learner is introduced to the practical nurse as teacher within the healthcare setting. Key elements of the course encompass teaching and learning strategies, factors which affect learning and steps in the teaching-learning process. The importance of preparation, lesson planning and evaluations to ensure effective delivery of the learning programme are outlined.
This nursing course will be of great interest to healthcare practitioners and those learners who wish to develop their understanding of the varied and multi-dimensional role of the modern nursing professional.2-3 Hours50 Points