Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts underlying health issues that lead to acute health breakdown requiring nursing care in acute care settings. Students will demonstrate nursing care in acute health care settings.  As part of this unit students will complete 120 hours of professional placement.

Unit content

Nursing care, pharmacotherapeutics, physiology and technology and application of nursing knowledge in

  • Mental health deterioration in the acute care setting
  • Perioperative care
  • Acute pain management
  • Advanced wound management
  • Acute coronary syndrome and acute cardiac conditions
  • Respiratory Trauma and ventilation
  • Acute renal and urinary conditions
  • Acute gastrointestinal conditions
  • Acute nervous system, ear, nose and throat, endocrine and metabolic states
  • Acute musculoskeletal injury

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
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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