Unit description

Provides students with the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate integrated knowledge underpinning nursing skills in the following practice domains: haematology and lymphatic nursing, neurological, sensorineural, and acute trauma. In addition knowledge and skills will be demonstrated in applying numeracy concepts from the Bachelor of Nursing to a variety of situations requiring medication administration including emergency and complex care. Students will be required to apply high level reflective practice skills and deliver care to patients with complex conditions.

Unit content

Module 1: Actual and potential alterations in haematological, lymphatic disorders

Blood Assessment
Principles and best practice in relation to assessment and management of a client with:
Altered haematological function
Vascular disorders


Module 2: Actual and potential alterations in neurological disorders and sensory disorders

Neurological Health Assessment
Sensorium examination
Sensory/motor assessment
Cranial nerve assessment
Reflex assessment
Ocular/pupil assessment
Monitoring conscious levels
Neurological tests
Principles and best practice in relation to assessment and management of a client with:
Intracranial pressure monitoring
Acute head injury
Acute spinal injuries


Module 3: Actual and potential alterations in sensory disorders

Eye assessment
Principles and best practice in relation to assessment and management of a client with:
Cataracts
Blindness
Eye trauma
Older person with altered function


Module 4: Trauma situations
Principles and best practice in relation to assessment and management of a critically ill client:
Endotracheal tubes
Tracheostomies
Ventilated and unconscious clients
Shock
Triage
Homeostasis
Venipuncture
Advanced CPR
Flow charts and documentation in the intensive care and emergency settings
Responsibilities regarding telephone/emergency orders Advanced communication with clients and significant others


Module 5: Numeracy Skills Applied to Medication

Emergency drugs
Clinical problem solving, case studies

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

  • Brown, D & Edwards, H , 2012, Lewis’s medical-surgical nursing. Assessment and management of clinical problems , 3rd edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
  • Smith, S, Duell, D & Martin, B, 2011, Clinical nursing skills: Basic to advanced skills, 8th edn, Pearson, New Jersey.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2.5 hours (3 x Week 10)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (Weeks 1 and 2)
Laboratory session 2 hours (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
Assessment
PresentationSR
Exam: open bookSR
Reflective writingSR
Clinical skillsSR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2.5 hours (3 x Week 10)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (Weeks 1 and 2)
Laboratory session 2 hours (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
Assessment
PresentationSR
Exam: open bookSR
Reflective writingSR
Clinical skillsSR

Lismore

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2.5 hours (3 x Week 10)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (Weeks 1 and 2)
Laboratory session 2 hours (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
Assessment
PresentationSR
Exam: open bookSR
Reflective writingSR
Clinical skillsSR
Notice

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

Domestic

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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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