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Cardiac Specialist Nurse - PABP 25

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Placement Title Cardiac Specialist Nurse - PABP 25
Your Placement Contact Annette Sturch - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Heart failure specialist nurse

Placement City/Town: Bury
Placement Phone 0161 778 2687 - Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7TD
Your University Contact: Melanie Rushton - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

A Welcome pack is sent out prior to starting the placement.

4 weeks of placement are organised with 1 day a week with each of the 4 specialist nurses looking at different areas within cardiology, then the 5th day is spent on Spoke placement.

The final 2 weeks are arranged in conjunction with the student to accommodate if they have identified any specific areas of interest that they would like to concentrate on in their final 2 weeks.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

The student will be assigned 1 mentor and assessor, the other team members will also have input.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?




Shift Notes:

Start work 8.30-16.30 can be negotiated to fit in with the specialist nurse.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Heart failure clinic
  • Nurse led Cardiology clinic
  • Rapid access chest pain assessment clinic (exercise testing)
  • Cardiac rehab assessment
  • Cardiac rehab exercise class
  • Ward assessment of new patients
  • Community visits with community Heart failure team.
  • Theatre time
  • Observing patient procedures

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan and Tierney.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • NIBP Chest auscilatations
  • ECG interpretation (normal vs abnormal)
  • Recognition of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Assessment of the cardiac patient
  • Differences in cardiac diagnosis and treatment plans
  • Cardiac care pathways
  • Medication used to treat and stabilise cardiac conditions
  • Planning care for cardiac patients
  • Monitoring and evaluation of actions and patient status
  • End of life care in cardiac patients
  • Communication skills

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • ECG monitoring and interpretation of normal and abnormal
  • ECG Rhythm recognition and what rhythms constitute an emergency
  • Assessment of cardiac chest pain and actions to be taken
  • Awareness of cardiac procedures including observation and follow up care that needs to be maintained i.e cardiac bypass, ICD, CRT, angiogram and angioplasty, cardioversion ETT testing, Echo.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • Access to recent cardiology journals
  • Access to the intranet and internet
  • Time with the specialist nurses to explain theory related to practice.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

Spoke Placements

  • Cardiac surgery at MRI/Wythenshawe Coronary care unit
  • FGH Silver Heart Unit
  • Rochdale Infirmary Angiography/ PCI clinic at Rochdale Infirmary
  • Community Heart Failure team
  • ICD/Cardioversion theatre

Additional Information

Updated 22.08.11