Coronary Care Unit (CCU) - PAOP 2

Placement Overview

Placement Title Coronary Care Unit (CCU) - PAOP 2
Your Placement Contact Alison Hulmes & Karen Owen - Send Email
Placement Contact's Role PEL
Placement Address Royal Oldham Hospital, Coronary Care Unit, Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL1 2JH
Placement City/Town: Oldham
Placement Phone 0161 627 8238
Your University Contact: Catherine Croughan - Send Email

About this placement

What is organised for students on commencement of placement?

All students are orientated to the unit and receive a booklet introducing them to CCU. The booklet lists some objectives they may want to achieve. All students have a named mentor. Arrangements are made for all students to spend time with the heart failure nurse, the cardiac liaison nurse, and the chest pain nurse and to attend the silver heart unit at Rochdale to observe angiographs.

What are the arrangements for mentors/assessors?

All students are allocated a mentor prior to commencement of the placement. The mentor and student will arrange times for interviews between them.

What shift patterns are students allocated for learning?


7.30am - 3.30pm


1.30pm - 9.30pm


9.15pm - 7.45am

What patient care situations are available in this placement?

  • Caring from patients with acute myocardial infarctions, acute coronary syndromes, life threatening arrhythmias, left ventricular failure, cardio genic shock, and patients needing temporary pacemakers and trans oesophageal echos.
  • Nursing the critically ill or dying patient.
  • Cardiac arrest management.

What nursing model is used for planning care?

Roper, Logan and Tierney Model.

What core clinical skills can be learnt?

  • Continuous cardiac monitoring and rhythm recognition.
  • Recording a 12 lead ECG and analysis.
  • Using syringe pumps and Ivacs and doing drug calculations.
  • Observation of clinical procedures including:
  • Temporary pacing
  • Cardioversion (in theatre)
  • Contra line insertion
  • Angiography (Rochdale)
  • Cardiac arrest management.

What resources are available to help students learning?

  • The unit has books available.
  • All students receive a welcome/learning objective booklet.
  • Regular teaching sessions on the unit.
  • Computer web sites.

What research and practice development activities are being undertaken?

MINAP - Myocardial Infarction National Audit.

Additional Information

Attached to Ward F8