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Gold CoastSession 1,3Session 1,3
LismoreSession 1,3Session 1,3

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 knowledge of nursing care in acute health care settings.  

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
  • Reproductive emergencies

 

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1synthesise knowledge of physiological responses in acute health conditions to enable recognition and management of acute health breakdownIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2critique the effectiveness of the nurses’ response to acute health breakdown and the nursing management of acute health conditionsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3relate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to the management of acute health breakdownKnowledge of a discipline
4appraise evidence based interventions to provide person centred care in acute care settingsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. synthesise knowledge of physiological responses in acute health conditions to enable recognition and management of acute health breakdown
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. critique the effectiveness of the nurses’ response to acute health breakdown and the nursing management of acute health conditions
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. relate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to the management of acute health breakdown
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. appraise evidence based interventions to provide person centred care in acute care settings
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Farrell, M (ed.), 2017, Smeltzer & Bare's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Fourth Australian and New Zealand Edition, 4th edn, Wolters Kluwer, Sydney. ISBN: 9781496349125.

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (8 weeks )
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (8 weeks)
Assessment
Critical essay40%
Exam: closed book60%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (8 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (8 weeks)
Assessment
Critical essay40%
Exam: closed book60%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (8 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (8 weeks)
Assessment
Critical essay40%
Exam: closed book60%
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

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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