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Rapid Assessment & Clinical Decision Making Skills in Clinical Practice

Module Description:
This module is designed to form part of the professional and academic development of the registered nurse, working in the acute hospital, general practice, and community settings with clients who have diverse symptoms. Participants will be given the opportunity to enhance their nursing assessment techniques and decision making skills when caring for clients with a variety of red flag symptoms (emergencies and near emergencies) in the hospital (including triage in the Emergency Department) and primary care settings. The participant will develop advanced knowledge in the nursing assessment (signs and symptoms) of adult clients. The module will include some clinical laboratory experience where students will develop competency in relevant history-taking skills, physical examination techniques, and initial management of a selection of minor and major emergencies/near emergencies. It is also part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences/Professional Studies.

Entry requirements

This module is offered at 2 levels.
1. Academic Accreditation: For those completing module at Level 9, applicants will normally have gained a primary degree (min 2.2 or evidence of equivalent academic credits), however accreditation for prior learning and accreditation for experiential learning are also considered.

2. Continuing Professional Development: For those who opt not be assessed you will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Lifelong Learning.


Please refer to webpage for information on start dates:

Further enquiries

Centre for Lifelong Learning
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill

T: +353 (0) 71 9135623

Subjects taught

Module Content:
• Review history-taking skills and symptom analysis of the client's red flag symptom(s)
• Develop clinical reasoning and decision – making skills based on a rapid focused history and physical examination.
• Explore the initial management of emergencies/near emergencies related to the client's red flag symptoms.
• Critically explore the history, physical examination, and initial management of the client with a chief complaint in any of the following areas:

- Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat
- Respiratory
- Cardiovascular and peripheral vascular
- Gynaecological
- Gastrointestinal
- Renal
- Musculoskeletal system
- Neurological
- Infectious Disease
- Mental Health (Psychiatric)

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