Module NHS-3118:
Renal Nursing

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mrs Heather Bloodworth

Overall aims and purpose

Renal healthcare professionals are required to care for a patient group who are continually aware of the devastating effects of acute/chronic renal illness and the impact this has on their lives. A dependence upon highly technical equipment, long-term complications of therapy and enforced lifestyle changes place enormous pressures on the patients, carers and family. This module is essential in order to ensure that healthcare professionals working in both primary and secondary care are fully equipped to support the complex needs of patients in what is a rapidly evolving speciality.

Course content

Topics may include:

  • Causes and Management of Acute Kidney Injury(AKI)
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Pharmacology
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Pre Dialysis Care
  • Radiographic investigations
  • Renal replacement therapies including Haemodialysis,
  • Vascular access
  • Home Therapy – home haemodialysis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Renal Nutrition and Fluid Balance
  • Overview of Transplantation
  • Transition from active Palliative Care
  • Conservative management

Assessment Criteria

excellent

Demonstrates an excellent understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module and evidence of additional evidence gained by the student. Very good understanding of issues relating to acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria

threshold

Basic understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Basic understanding of issues relating to acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module.

C- to C+

Good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. . Good understanding of issues relating to acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disese. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade C- in the Grading Criteria.

good

Very Good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module. Good understanding of issues relating to acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade B-in the Grading Criteria.

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically discuss the physical, social and psychological needs of patients with renal disease, and demonstrate how these are being identified and addressed in the student's own practice

  2. Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the ethical, cultural, religious, spiritual and quality of life issues associated with renal disease, and show that such issues are addressed appropriately in day-to-day practice.

  3. Be fully aware of, and able to participate in the delivery of treatment options, and demonstrate the ability to deal with patients who reject therapy with dialysis.

  4. Critically examine and evaluate the role of the multidisciplinary team within the renal setting, and show that they are able to work as an effective member of such a multidisciplinary team.

  5. Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the treatment options and the potential side effects or complications commonly associated with these treatments, and be able to act accordingly.

  6. To be able to critically discuss the causes of acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, be aware of, and, when appropriate, effectively practice therapies, which retard the progression of renal disease.

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Private reading time, assignment work, preparing & taking assessments = 146hrs

146
Work-based learning

Clinical hours and competencies 200hrs

200
Lecture 54

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Resources

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/nhs-3118.html

Reading list

Kidney Disease improving Global Outcomes (2012) KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for Acute Kidney Injury. Kidney International,2(1)

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2013). Acute kidney injury. Prevention,detection and management of acute kidney injury up to the point of renal replacement therapy.London.NICE

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2014). Chronic kidney disease early identification and management in adult in primary and secondary care. London: NICE

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2014).Chronic disease in adults: assessment and management. London: NICE

Renal Association (2014) Clinical practice guidelines Planning, initiating and withdrawal of renal replacement therapy. London: Renal Association.

Renal Association (2015) Clinical practice guidelines Vascular Access for Haemodialysis. London: Renal Association.

Thomas,N.(2014) Renal Nursing (4th edition)New York:Wiley & Sons Inc.