Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Delirium: Early Recognition, Assessment and Interventions for Optimal Patient Care

This CPD programme provides registered nurses and midwives with knowledge and a critical understanding of the causes, predisposing and precipitating factors causing delirium. It will also cover the multicomponent approach to the management of Delirium, assessment tools, the communication, education and training needs of the patient, family and MDT, in order to provide optimal care to patients and service users.

Programme duration 6 hours
Entry requirements Registered nurses and midwives
  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units: 6 CNMEUs
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units: 6 CEUs
Assessment No
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Programme contact

Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney, Operations & Education Manager, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Programme aims

  • To provide registered nurses and midwives with up-to-date, evidenced based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of delirium.
  • To support registered nurses and midwives in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences, with regard to caring for patients/service users and their families who are affected by delirium.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:

  • Critically discuss delirium incorporating hyperactive, hypoactive and mixed delirium.
  • Critically discuss the predisposing and precipitating factors.
  • Identify and critically analyse the range of delirium assessment tools.
  • Critically discuss the role of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in the management of delirium
  • Critically discuss the role of communication, education and training for the patient/service-user, family and MDT.
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