Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Provides students with the opportunity to further develop and demonstrate integrated competence regarding complex nursing challenges. Students will be required to demonstrate high level assessment, planning and interventions skills in response to complex and challenging care situations.

Unit content

  • Triage assessment
  • Emergency procedures
    • Advanced life support
    • Paediatric resuscitation
  • Complex paediatric medication administration
  • Shock and system failure / advanced IV management 
  • Venepuncture
  • Medications and technologies in the care and management of acute trauma and shock disorders
  • Advanced airway management
    • Endotracheal tubes
  • Psychiatric emergencies
  • Drug-induced psychosis
  • Dealing with intoxication and withdrawal states
  • Pharmacological concepts in the management of psychiatric emergencies and intoxication and withdrawal 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 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial online 3 hours (6 weeks )
Laboratory session 3 hours (6 weeks )
Practical skills40%
Exam: closed book60%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial online 3 hours (6 weeks )
Laboratory session 3 hours (6 weeks)
Practical skills40%
Exam: closed book60%


Teaching method
Tutorial online 3 hours (6 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (6 weeks)
Practical skills40%
Exam: closed book60%

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
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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