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Ward 1 - PABP 36

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Placement Title Ward 1 - PABP 36
Your Placement Contact Rachel Dawes, Ann Lawrence, Jane Alty - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address ,Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Old Road, Bury BL9 7TD
Placement City/Town: Bury
Placement Phone 0161 778 2501
Your University Contact: Melanie Rushton - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Students will already have been allocated 2 ward based mentors and 1 lab based mentor prior to commencement. Their first weeks rota will have been planned in advance of their commencement, however it is negotiable.

During the first week, the students will attend an Introduction to the Ward session. This gives an overview of the Ward as a clinical placement.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

We aim to ensure that each student is rostered to work with one of their mentors on at least 3 of their 4/5 shifts per week. Each student is given 2 mentors to allow for continuity if staff are required to do night duty or to cover for annual leave. Students will also spend time in the Cardiac Catheterisation Lab and will be assigned a mentor whilst there.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


07.45 - 17.15


11.45 - 20.45


20.30 - 08.00

Shift Notes:

Early - 07.45 - 17.15, depending on the number of lates worked We always try to be flexible with students as we realise the problems that can occur with travelling etc .

We encourage self rostering for student nurses (This concept and guidelines are covered during the introductory session).

Most of the trained staff work a 4 day week but work a longer day ie: 8 or 9 hour shifts to facilitate cover in the lab and aftercare of patients. This is negotiable with their mentor.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

Students will have the opportunity to deliver care to patients undergoing a variety of cardiac procedures such as pacemaker insertion and loop recorder implantation; patients undergoing angiograms, rotablation, percutaneous coronary intervention; deliver care to inpatients with a variety of cardiac conditions.

They will visit the pre operative clinic and later the cardiac catheterisation lab where they will be able to see the patient undergoing their listed procedure.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

The Pennine Acute Model is used, along with Care Pathways devised specifically for the patient and their identified procedure to be undertaken.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Resuscitation
  • Infection prevention
  • Communication
  • Aseptic technique
  • Core nursing care skills
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Moving and handling
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Pressure ulcer prevention
  • Nutritional care
  • Intravenous therapy management
  • Medication administration.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Catheterisation
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Catheterisation laboratory skills
  • Wound care management.

What resources are available to help students learning?

Resource area containing books, journals, plilcies, booklets, BHF information, Link nurse files.

Teaching sessions given weekly on the ward relating to relevant cardiology topics, MDT involvement eg: Cardiac rehabilitation nurse, cardiac specialist nurse, heart failure nurse, Heartbeat Care Pathway documentation.

Access to the Intranet, Trust Study Sessions.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

The Unit has recently finalised and are using Care Pathways for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Angiograms and are in the final stages of introducing the Trust's Pacemaker Care Pathway.

We also have a Competency Portfolio for students to follow in order to maximise their potential on the ward.

Spoke Placements

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside at least one of our cardiology specialist nurses during their placement.

Additional Information

We are a newly established integrated cardiology unit who look forward to guiding you in getting the most out of your placement with us.