NMHS32840 CPD Electroconvulsive Therapy
Academic Year 2021/2022
The aim of this module is to provide Registered Psychiatric, General or Intellectual Disability Nurses currently on the live register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and working in a clinical service that provides electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to patients; with an opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to competently care for service users who are receiving ECT as part of their overall treatment.
On completion, the student will able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role, knowledge and skills required to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and document the care of a service user undergoing a programme of ECT treatment including the care of the service user who has had an anaesthetic.
2. Apply the knowledge and skills required to undertake Intermediate Life Support and the medication and equipment used throughout ECT procedures and in emergencies;
3. Demonstrate successful completion of the theoretical and practical components of the course (2 weeks clinical placement in theatre by examination /assignment and reflective appraisal.
4. Critically appraise and discuss the medical, nursing, professional, legal and ethical aspects of ECT as a therapeutic treatment and the wider debate surrounding the use of ECT;
Demonstrate the capacity to plan for safety, before, during and throughout ECT, to recognise and interpret abnormal clinical observations and to act upon these observations; and the procedure of reporting them to relevant personnel.
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