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Ward 4 & 5 - Acute Stroke Unit/Primary Stroke Centre - PABP 20

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Placement Title Ward 4 & 5 - Acute Stroke Unit/Primary Stroke Centre - PABP 20
Your Placement Contact Dawn Wray-Williamson, Natalie Greaves - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Staff Nurse

Placement City/Town: Bury
Placement Phone 01619188673 01619188671
Your University Contact: Jane Jenkins - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Welcome, orientation to the ward, off duty, assigned mentor
Orientation booklet
Planned initial, midpoint and final interviews.
Spoke placements in stroke rehabilitation, Early supported discharge for stroke and
Stroke research nurses.
Exposure to full range of multidisciplinary team

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

All students have a named mentor highlighted prior to commencement

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7. 30 am - 3. 30pm


12.30pm - 20.30pm


20.00pm - 08.00am

Shift Notes:

Longdays:                       0730- 2030 (usual ward shift)

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Students will experience
-emergency assessment and treatment of stroke with thrombolysis
-hyper acute nursing
-acute nursing
Students can also explore
-stroke rehabilitation both in a hospital setting and the home setting
-nursing research within stroke

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan and Tierney.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Physiological observations and use of early warning score.
Neurological observations
Recognition of the deteriorating patient
Stroke assessment (NIHSS) recognition of stroke
Medication administration Inc. thrombolysis
Telemetry and close monitoring of thrombolysis
Standard Infection control precautions
Blood glucose monitoring
Risk assessments, nursing assessment.
5 lead ECG

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

NGT insertion, feeding, medication administration and care
PEG/PEJ feeding, medication administration and care
Aseptic non touch technique
Speech issues common in stroke and how to overcome these.
Urinary Catheterisation and catheter care
Oral Suction
Nutrition and fluid management
Pain management, identification, assessment, deliver and monitor appropriate interventions, physical, psychological and pharmaceutical.
12 lead ECG
Simple wound management.
End of life care
Essential nursing skills

What resources are available to help students learning?

Student board (and student file)
Computer access for online resources (students must ensure they have student access to the trust online systems, see PEF’s for details)
Trust library

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Ongoing varied research activities in progress at this site leading to constant evidence based developments within stroke care.

Spoke Placements

Ward 11 A or B stroke rehabilitation
Early supported discharge team for home rehabilitation
Research team for stroke research exposure

Additional Information

Fairfield boasts one of the top rated primary stroke centres in the country, currently one of only three in the region offering thrombolysis.
A unique placement opportunity for all students.