Module Specifications...

Current Academic Year 2017 - 2018

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Haemovigilance in practice
Module Code NS4023
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences
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Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marcia Kirwan
Semester 2: Marcia Kirwan
Autumn: Marcia Kirwan
Module TeachersMarcia Kirwan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
This module addresses the learning needs of registered nurses and medical scientists working as haemovigilance practitioners or those who may subsequently seek a haemovigilance role. During this module, the student learn about life sciences and evidence based practices associated with the provision and delivery of haemovigilance and blood transfusion services in all practice settings. Students are expected to actively participate in the module to achieve learning outcomes. This can be achieved in a blended format and will include attendance at lectures, seminars and discussion work groups, engagement in on –line self directed learning activities and supplemented by reading relevant theoretical and empirical literature.

Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the pathophysiology of blood and blood components
2. Examine the risks of, and safety strategies applied in blood transfusion medicine.
3. Discriminate between appropriate and non appropriate use of blood and blood products to individuals of all ages.
4. Critically examine the impact of both haemovigilance and donor vigilance within a national and international context.
5. 5. Apply quality initiatives in the practice setting such as completing a short audit, risk management initiative or service evaluation.
6. Develop an education plan addressing the needs of a particular group i.e. colleagues, citizens, children and families.
7. Explore inter-professional working in the practice setting paying particular attention to effective communication and change management.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture21Lectures/blended learning
Directed learning10Prior reading
Seminars5Blended and online learning
Independent Study214Includes practice learning time, bended learning and assignment work.
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at:

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Pathology and pathophysiology of blood and blood components

Blood donation and transfusions practices


Quality and risk management

Education and life long professional learning, continued competance

Interprofessional working

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List
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    Programme or List of Programmes
    SMPNSingle Module Programme (Nursing)
    Timetable this semester: Timetable for NS4023