Full Title:Musculoskeletal Nursing
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NURS N8143
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Description:This module prepares the student to provide care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. It includes acute and chronic conditions and orthopaedic surgery.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the pathophysiology of various musculoskeletal conditions.
  2. Critically analyse the nursing management of patients undergoing various investigative procedures of the musculoskeletal system.
  3. Evaluate the collaborative medical and surgical management of patients requiring treatment for musculoskeletal conditions.
  4. Analyse the role of health promotion in the prevention, rehabilitation and self-management of various musculoskeletal conditions.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Review of the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal systems. Pathysiology of musculoskeletal conditions.
Inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions: osteoarthritis: rheumatoid arthritis :gout. Endocrine disorders of bone : Osteoporosis, risk of fracture. Falls risk assessment. Prevention of fracture and management approaches.
Diagnostic investigations.
Patient preparation and management of orthoscopy: orthoplasty : bone scan : DEXA scan
Nursing management in conjunction with recommended evidence-based medical, surgical, pharmacological and nursing intervention.
Elective orthopaedic surgery : pre-operative assessment : emergency orthopaedic surgery: Pain management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. NSAID's use in musculoskeletal conditions, indications and contraindications: Orthopaedic surgery, post-operative care to prevent specific complications such as VTE, compartment syndrome and nuerovascular damage.
Health promotion related to prevention of musculoskeletal conditions.
Strategies to improve bone health. Discharge planning following orthopaedic surgery. Patient education : The role of physiotherapy, occupational health and social services. Occupational health and and safety.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%

Full Time

No Course Work
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam A two hour formal exam where the student must answer three questions out of five. 1,2,3,4 100.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Directed Reading No Description 40.00 Once per semester 2.67
Independent Study No Description 40.00 Once per semester 2.67
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dandy, D. and Edwards, D. 2009, Essential Orthopaedics and Trauma, 5th. Ed., Churchill Livingstone Oxford [ISBN: 978 0 443 06718 1]
  • Jester, R and Santy, J. 2011, Oxford handbook of orthopaedic and trauma nursing, Oxford Press Oxford
  • Oliver, S. 2009, Oxford handbook of musculoskeletal nursing, Oxford Press Oxford
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • DOHC & HSE & National Council on Ageing and Older People 2008, Strategy to prevent falls and fractures in Ireland's ageing population.
  • National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE ) UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE ) UK
Other Resources
  • website: HSE and Office of Nursing, Midwifery Services DirectorEncountering, Assessing and Managing Pain - e-learning resource
  • Link: Library Catalogue

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NGNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing 3 Mandatory
nocode13 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 3 Mandatory
nocode14 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 3 Mandatory
nocode20 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Intellectual Disability Nursing Exit Award) 3 Mandatory