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Recovery Nursing Level 6 6KNIN636

Key information

Subject area:

Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Course type:

Assessed Module

Credit level:


Credit value:



Available course dates:

From: 23 April 2025 To: 03 July 2025
Application deadline: 15 March 2025

Course overview

This course aims to prepare nurses who might have significant experience in the recovery room setting to develop their knowledge and competence as recovery nurses.  Participants must be supported and assessed by an up-to-date experienced nurse/ODP mentor. Upon completion of the course participants will be able to discuss/debate the evidence supporting recovery nursing care to effectively manage the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of holistic nursing care for the patient recovering from anaesthesia and surgery in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) environment.

What does this course cover?

The aims of this module are:

  • To critically analyse and evaluate the practice of recovery nursing.
  • To develop specialist knowledge and skills which promote effective decision-making in the assessment, planning delivery and evaluation of care.
  • To actively promote the use of the reflective practice in developing expertise in care delivery.
  • To review the evidence base underpinning recovery nursing and evaluate implications for current and future practice.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the module, participants will be able to effectively manage the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of holistic post-anaesthetic nursing care. This will be indicated by the ability to:

  • Critically examine the evidence-based and research-based literature.
  • Utilise an approach to care that reflects the knowledge and skills required to deliver effective communication with the patient/client/family and members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate clinical judgement to enable effective decision-making by selecting appropriate therapeutic interventions for patients recovering from anaesthesia and surgery to ensure maintenance of homeostasis and facilitation of recovery.
  • Actively contribute towards a culture in which diversity, with regards to both clients and colleagues, is respected and equality is evident.
  • Critically review and evaluate the evolving role of the recovery nurse.
  • Critically appraise the need to adopt approaches that will enhance recovery nursing practice and might contribute towards service development.
  • Evaluate the moral, legal, ethical and political implications of recovery nursing practice.
  • Debate the strategies that may be employed to ensure effective and careful resourcing, whilst maintaining the provision of top-quality nursing care.
  • Analyse how competent leadership can facilitate positive and clear roles for professionals within recovery nursing practice.
  • Facilitate learning with clients, students and colleagues.
  • Appraise the knowledge and skills required for inter-professional collaboration in recovery care

Who will I learn with?

Anya Benton

Teaching Fellow

Who is this for?

Applicants must be qualified healthcare professionals with 1 year minimum experience in perioperative care (PACU)/Recovery Unit and be working in a PACU/Recovery Unit for the duration of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Open Book Exam & Practice Assessment Document (PAD)

What is the teaching schedule?

Term 3 -

23/04/2025, 07/05, 21/05, 04/06, 18/06, 02/07

Course status:

Course closed

Full fee £1700


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