Unit description

Introduces the experienced perioperative nurse to the advanced role of the Perioperative Nurse as Surgeon's Assistant (PN-SA) and the scope of practice. Students will also review their skills and understanding of core principles underpinning standards of practice in asepsis, occupational health and safety, medico-legal and epidemiological issues related to perioperative nursing.

Unit content

  • Introduction to the role of the PNSA in advanced perioperative care
  • Scope of practice
  • Anatomy and physiology review
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Occupational health and safety issues
  • Communications relevant to team members
  • Principles of tissue handling
  • Principles of asepsis, infection control and epidemiology

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hrs (12 weeks)
Critical review60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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