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LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
LismoreSession 1Session 1

Unit aim

Introduces students to the concepts of nursing care in acute care settings. Students will analyse and evaluate nursing care across a range of acute conditions. As part of this unit students will complete 160 hours of professional placement.

Unit content

  • Introduction to acute illness strategies
  • The practice of nursing care in acute health conditions and deterioration
  • Intravenous access/ central venous access devices management
  • Parenteral complex fluid administration
  • Blood Product Management
  • Perioperative care
  • Pain management (Patient controlled analgesia/ epidural)
  • Nursing care in acute
    • cardiovascular states:  electrocardiograph interpretation, arrhythmia and chest pain management
    • respiratory states including Intubation, ventilation, intercostal catheter, underwater seal drainage
    • renal/urinary states
    • musculoskeletal 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, 2014, Fundamentals of pharmacology, 7th edn, Pearson Australia.
  • Farrell, M, & Dempsey, J (eds), 2013, Smeltzer & Bare's textbook of medical-surgical nursing, 3rd edn, Lippencott.
  • Weber, J, & Kelley, JH, 2014, Health assessment in nursing, 2nd edn, Wolters Kluwer.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 160 hours (Across session)
Tutorial online 4 hrs (Wk 6)
Lecture online 1 hr
Laboratory session 3 hrs
Assessment
Case study50%
Clinical SimulationSR
Case study50%
Professional Experience PlacementSR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 160 hours (Across session)
Tutorial online 4 hrs (Wk 6)
Lecture online 1 hr
Laboratory session 3 hrs
Assessment
Case study50%
Clinical SimulationSR
Case study50%
Professional Experience PlacementSR

Lismore

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 160 hours (Across session)
Tutorial online 4 hrs (Wk 6)
Lecture online 1 hr
Laboratory session 3 hrs
Assessment
Case study50%
Clinical SimulationSR
Case study50%
Professional Experience PlacementSR
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

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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