Unit description

Develops a knowledge base leading towards evidence-based practice, the use of the nursing process and reflection of the care of the patient/client in the acute care setting, with focus on peri-operative, pain management, infection control, skin and wound care, and orthopaedic domains. The assumed prior knowledge required for this unit includes the objectives for all first year Bachelor of Nursing units.

Unit content

Module 1: Infection control

  • In the peri-operative setting
  • In the general nursing environment
  • In the community
  • Caring for people with infections

Module 2: Pain management

  • The pharmacological concepts in pain management
  • Pain management in the peri-operative environment
  • Acute pain management
  • Chronic pain management
  • Pain management in older people
  • Pain management in palliative care

Module 3: Peri-operative concepts

  • Generic peri-operative, intraoperative and post-operative client experiences and implications for care
  • Understanding anaesthetics and the pharmacology often used in operating theatre
  • Risks to safety in the peri-operative environment
  • Paediatric surgical and care considerations

Module 4: Orthopaedic nursing concepts

  • Management of acute traumatic orthopaedic events
  • Peri-operative care of the orthopaedic client
  • Post-operative care and rehabilitation of the orthopaedic client
  • Risks to safety in the orthopaedic domain

Module 5: Skin and wound care

  • Current theory of skin and wound care
  • Skin and wound care in the peri-operative environment
  • Acute skin and wound management
  • Care of chronic skin conditions
  • Skin and wound care in older people
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and other products used in the care of skin and wounds

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

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees


Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.