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The Royal College of Nursing has launched a package of free learning resources to support nursing staff who are new to critical care.
It comes at a time when staff from other areas are being redeployed to support colleagues in critical care amid the latest surge of Covid-19.
“It highlights what it will be like if you are redeployed to this area, giving knowledge and key principles to help you build confidence and skills”
The new programme, called Introducing Critical Care, was developed by critical care nurses and specialists across the UK, with input from the RCN’s Critical Care Nursing Forum.
As part of the package, nursing staff, including students and those interested in critical care, will be able to access free bite-sized learning resources covering some of the concepts and principles that underpin critical care nursing.
In addition, nurses will also be advised on how to maintain their own health and wellbeing.
Dr Nichola Ashby, RCN head of learning and practice development, and co-creator of the resource, said: “This online module supports nursing staff who may never have worked in critical care.
“It highlights what it will be like if you are redeployed to this area, giving knowledge and key principles to help you build confidence and skills in delivering care to critically ill patients.
“It also offers advice about looking after your own health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.”
The programme offers range of online learning materials which take between three and 30 minutes to complete, as well as flash cards that can be printed out and used by staff in practice.
The resources can be accessed through Starting Out for nursing students or via the RCN website.