Applicants will normally have three years experience in a specialist area of practice, and will be able to demonstrate evidence of ability to study at Masters Level. They will be currently engaged in practice for a minimum of 22 hours per week and will be expected to provide evidence of managerial support for protected time in practice for development of skills and knowledge. They will also have identified mentorship support for supervised development of skills and knowledge
Increasingly nurses and other health care professionals are required to carry out in-depth physical assessments in their roles as specialist and advanced practitioners. In this module the student will develop advanced physical assessment skills and use data and clinical decision making within the defined context of their professional practice.
Upon successful completion of the module students will be able to:
• Undertake a focused health history with a comprehensive understanding of appropriate techniques and methods • Undertake a detailed assessment and demonstrate a systematic understanding of the physical assessment of 9 systems • Critically analyse normal and recognise abnormal pathophysiological assessment data • Interpret the clinical significance of findings from the health history and physical assessment and formulate a differential diagnosis • Identify the need for further investigations or referral in complex and unpredictable clinical situations • Critically evaluate the context of physical assessment and contribute to improvements in patient management within the defined context of advanced practice roles