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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

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
  • Preparation for PEP6

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
1critically analyse patient assessment data to determine an effective care plan for patient-centred acute care nursingIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2practice safe and competent nursing care in a range of acute consumer clinical presentations Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3demonstrate sound problem-solving abilities applied to professional and collaborative practice in the simulated acute care setting.Intellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
4relate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to safe medication management in acute contextsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

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

  1. critically analyse patient assessment data to determine an effective care plan for patient-centred acute care nursing
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. practice safe and competent nursing care in a range of acute consumer clinical presentations
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. demonstrate sound problem-solving abilities applied to professional and collaborative practice in the simulated acute care setting.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. relate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to safe medication management in acute contexts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

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 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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