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Summer vacation: Acute Surgical Nursing:…………………………Dates:…………………..
Please tick the boxes to indicate process objectives that are available on the placement.
Professional/Ethical Practice
demonstrate at all times practice that accords with the NMC code of professional conduct and which is within
the scope of nursing practice and within the sphere of one’s own accountability
identify, read and discuss with mentor local policies related to patient and personal safety
find out and demonstrate procedures followed in the case of an emergency
participate in care that demonstrates safe manual handling procedures
participate in care that demonstrates infection control knowledge and application
identify and discuss the application of ethical issues related to surgical nursing care
work as part of the interdisciplinary team
maintain patient / client dignity and respect
maintain confidentiality of written and verbal information
demonstrate sensitivity to others’ values, customs and beliefs
assess personal skills development against professional standards of proficiency.
Care Delivery
observe and participate in the communication of information and support, to patients, relatives and appropriate clinical staff, within the acute
surgical care setting
engage in therapeutic relationships in professional care
participate in the assessment of care needs and the planning of pre and post operative care using a problem solving approach and the relevant
framework for care
analyse and interpret clinical data accurately and act accordingly
incorporate research and other evidence into clinical practice
participate in the documentation and evaluation of planned surgical care
participate, under supervision where necessary, in the direct delivery of care related to:
safe, physical and psychological preparation for and care after a surgical procedure
pain assessment and relief
personal cleansing and dressing
maintaining oral hygiene
prevention of cross infection
- surgical wound and drain care
maintaining nutritional status - oral, enteral and parenteral feeding
monitoring vital signs
monitoring fluid balance
- intravenous therapy
- blood transfusion
- nasogastric intubation
maintaining and monitoring eliminatory status - urinary - urine testing, catheter care
- bowel - administration of aperients and suppositories
administration of medications
- oral, inhalatory, topical, rectal, intra-muscular and subcutaneous injection
patient education and health promotion
promoting patient participation in care
emergency situations
care of the dying and final act of care
participate in/attend as appropriate diagnostic investigations and surgical procedures
observe and participate in interdisciplinary aspects of therapy e.g. with surgeon, physiotherapist, stoma therapist, tissue viability nurse.
Care Management
participate in promoting a care environment that ensures optimal health and safety within the surgical setting e.g. informed consent
prioritise and provide rationales for pre and post operative care delivery
identify and report hazards for patients, staff and others in the health care environment
participate as appropriate in the organisation of, and developments in, the delivery of care within the acute surgical setting.
participate and collaborate in interdisciplinary aspects of therapy e.g. with surgeon, physiotherapist, speech therapist, tissue viability nurse
participate in literary, numeracy and computer skills relevant to the administration of medication and organisation of surgical care data.
participate in ongoing/transfer and discharge planning
participate in the liaison between hospital and community care settings.
Personal and Professional Development
identify and negotiate specific learning needs, limitations, opportunities and objectives
develop with mentor a personal development plan of experience and learning in order to achieve proficiencies
reflect in and on practice with mentor and other clinical staff as appropriate
take action to address deficits in knowledge and skills likely to affect the care of individual experiencing surgery
in the context of pre and post operative care, synthesise new knowledge with prior learning
document appropriately the learning experience.