Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Nursing the Individual 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides an introduction to anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, nutrition and nursing care in relation to disorders of the cardiovascular system.

This study-unit also introduces students to the impact of acute and chronic illness and hospitalization on the quality of life of the individual and his/her family.

Study-unit Aims:

Provide students with an introduction to anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology with a focus on the cardiovascular system.

- Introduce students to pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.
- Introduce students to the importance of nutrition in relation to an individual's health and in the management of cardiovascular disease.
- Ensure an understanding of the care of persons with cardiovascular problems including the physical, psychosocial and spiritual care provided.
- Ensure an understanding of the impact of chronic and acute illness and hospitalization on the individual and his/her family from a psychological, social and financial point of view.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Show an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system.
- Show an understanding of the pathophysiology of disorders of the cardiovascular system.
- Show an understanding of the nutritional advice which should be provided to individuals to prevent cardiovascular disease and control existing cardiovascular disease.
- Show an understanding of the care of persons.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Provide health education advice to clients in relation to the prevention of coronary artery disease and hypertension and management of existing cardiovascular problems.
- Provide holistic care to patients with cardiovascular disorders, including myocardial infarction and heart failure and persons undergoing cardiac catheterization and pacemaker insertion.
- Interpret ECGs and identify the common cardiac arrhythmias.
- Respond appropriately to the psychosocial needs of persons experiencing acute/chronic illness and requiring hospitalization.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Copstead-Kirkhorn, L.E. and Banasik J.L. (2009) Pathophysiology, 4th Edition Saunders U.S.A.
- Lewis, Hetikemper, Dirksen, O'Brien and Bucher (2007) Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems. 7th ed. Mosby U.S.A.
- Mathers D. (2007) Virtual Clinical Excursions Interactive software for Lewis et al Medical and Surgical Nursing. 7th Ed. Mosby U.S.A.
- Skidmore-Roth L. (latest edition) Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference.
- McKenny, L.M. and Hogan, M.A. (2006) Mosby's Pharmacology in Nursing, 22nd Edition Mosby U.S.A.
- Pagana K.D. and Pagana T.J. (2006) Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 3rd Edition Mosby USA.
- Rogers-Clark C., Martin-McDonald, K. and McCarthy A. (2005) Living with Illness - Psychosocial Challenges Churchill Livingstone.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Advanced Level in Biology

Please note that a pass in the Examination component is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 40%
Examination [See Add. Notes] (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Josephine Attard
Maria A. Cordina
Alexandra Curmi
Patricia Degabriele
Janet Mifsud
Justin Lee Mifsud
Lucienne Pace
Roberta Sammut

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