Unit description

Explores the postoperative phase and enables students to expand their knowledge and skills in this area with the added support of a nurse mentor in a work setting. Students are also given the opportunity to apply these principles to a selected area of surgical specialty.

Unit content

  1. Introduction of the PNSA role in the postoperative phase
  2. The postoperative evaluation of the patient
  3. Application to the specialty area of your choice
  4. The evolving context of the PNSA role
  5. Professional perspective of the PNSA role
  6. Personal perspective of the PNSA role
  7. Conclusion

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 2

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (weekly)
Critical review50%
Clinical skills and Case study50%

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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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