Unit description

Explores nursing responses to changes in health status. This is the third in a series of four units. Through case-based learning students will build upon and apply knowledge and skills related to acute health breakdown. Practice in nursing laboratory sessions and simulated rehearsal prepares students for professional experience placement.

Unit content

  • Introduction to acute illness strategies
  • Principles of perioperative nursing 1
  • Principles of perioperative nursing 2
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in the perioperative setting
  • Acute cardiovascular states
  • Acute cardiovascular interventions
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in the care of acute cardiac states
  • Acute respiratory states
  • Respiratory trauma and interventions
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in the care of acute respiratory states
  • Acute renal/urinary states and interventions
  • Acute musculoskeletal states and interventions
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in the care and management of acute renal, urinary and gastrointestinal disorders
  • Acute central nervous system, ENT state & interventions
  • Acute gastrointestinal states and interventions
  • Acute endocrine and metabolic states and interventions
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in the care and management of acute nervous system, ENT, endocrine & metabolic states

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

  • Bullock, S & Manias, E, 2013, Fundamentals of Pharmacology, 7th edn, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest. ISBN: 9781442563100.
  • Forbes, H & Watt, E (eds), 2015, Jarvis's Physical Examination & Health Assessment, Australian & New Zealand 2nd edn, Elsevier, Sydney. ISBN: 9780729539739.
  • This text comes in Volumes 1 & 2, purchased together: Farrell, M & Dempsey, J, 2013, Smeltzer & Bare's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, 3rd edn, Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Sydney, NSW. ISBN: 9781920994792 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (10 weeks (1 to 6 & 8 to 11))
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Case Studies [x 2]60%
Clinical skillsSR
Presentation40%
SimulationSR
Numeracy ExamSR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Laboratory session 3 hours (10 weeks (1 to 6 & 8 to 11))
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (1 week)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Case Studies [x 2]60%
Clinical skillsSR
Presentation40%
SimulationSR
Numeracy ExamSR

Lismore

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (10 weeks (1 to 6 & 8 to 11))
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Case Studies [x 2]60%
Clinical skillsSR
Presentation40%
SimulationSR
Numeracy ExamSR
Notice

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

Domestic

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