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Heart Care Unit (HCU) - SRFTP 10

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Placement Title Heart Care Unit (HCU) - SRFTP 10
Your Placement Contact Laura Patterson, Myrna Paray - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role

Placement Address Hope Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
Placement City/Town: Salford
Placement Phone 0161 206 5006
Your University Contact: Maureen McMahon - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

Students will be orientated to the Unit by the mentor.

Learning outcomes will be negotiated.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

All students are allocated a team of mentors who will work together with the student in order to meet their learning outcomes.

All allocations take place prior to students' learning.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7:30am - 15:30pm


12.00pm - 20.00pm


19.30pm- 08.00am

Shift Notes:

The unit’s Placement Educational Leads prefer thatstudents are allocated the shorter, 7.5 hour shifts given above, howeverstudents who would prefer to be allocated the same 12-hour shifts as theirmentor, or a combination of shift times, must discuss this either when visitingthe unit prior to placement, or at initial interview.  These shifts wouldbe 07.10 – 20.00, three shifts per week plus an additional half day per monthto ensure the hours equate to 150 per month (37.5 hours per week). Occasionally it will be more appropriate for a 7.5 hour shift to be allocateddepending on the identified learning experience/spoke for that day.  It isessential that students ensure they are on the same shift as their mentor atleast 2 days per week.  The unit operates a team mentoring system wherebystudents are allocated a lead mentor and additional mentors/qualified nurses tooffer additional support.  Students should ensure they identify who theirlead mentor is, prior to/at initial interview.

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Patients requiring diagnostic angiogram
  • Caring for patients presenting with Acute Coronary Syndrome, myocardial infarction/unstable angina.
  • Patients with cardiac dysrhythmia, left ventricular failure.
  • Patients in cardiogenic shock and those who may have experienced a cardiac arrest.
  • Patients requiring insertion of a permanent pacemaker

What nursing model is used for planning care?

None specific.

The Care framework is based around the Unit philosophy.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

Blood pressure recording and general observations, e.g. pulse/respirations/temperature. Students can also observe/participate in the following skills as appropriate: venepuncture, cannulation, insertion of central lines, urinary catheterisation, intravenous drug therapy/infusions.

What additional clinical skills can be learnt?

Students may also participate in caring for patients requiring: 12 lead ECG recording, cardiac monitoring, haemoglobin monitoring, management of patients with temporary pacing wires and D.C.Cardioversion.

What resources are available to help students learning?

Learning packages and books, a library the internet and intranet. Continuing education sessions are facilitated on a regular basis.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

National Audit of Myocardial Infarction incidents. National Service Framework and Thrombolysis Continuing Education Programme for staff. (see trust web-site).

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Additional Information

Heart Care Unit Philosophy

The staff of the HCU believe that nursing care should be given to patients, their families and significant other based on individual needs, which recognises and respects an individuals personal, cultural and religious beliefs.

We aim to:

  • treat with courtesy and empat hy, patients, their families and significant others as we would wish ourselves and our families to be treated.
  • support patients, families and significant others, involving them in decisions about their treatment and care
  • provide care which is research based and carried out by suitably trained and qualified staff
  • protect an individuals right to confidentiality
  • preserve a patients dignity both in life and in death
  • promote health education by all staff
  • offer a high standard of care which will promote an efficient and effective service.

Practice Eduction Facilitator - Elaine Carter - Pre-reg Practice Education Facilitator, Learning and Development, Mayo Building, SRFT