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Coffs Harbour
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

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
  • 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically analyse patient assessment data to determine an effective care plan for patient-centred acute care nursing
2 practice safe and competent nursing care in a range of acute consumer clinical presentations
3 demonstrate sound problem-solving abilities applied to professional and collaborative practice in the simulated acute care setting.
4 relate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to safe medication management in acute contexts

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:
    • GA4:
  2. practice safe and competent nursing care in a range of acute consumer clinical presentations
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. demonstrate sound problem-solving abilities applied to professional and collaborative practice in the simulated acute care setting.
    • GA1:
    • GA6:
  4. relate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to safe medication management in acute contexts
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

  • Bullock, S & Manias, E, 2017, Fundamentals of pharmacology, 8th edn, Pearson Australia, Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN: 9781488610028.
  • Farrell, M & Dempsey, J (eds), 2017, Smeltzer & Bare's textbook of medical-surgical nursing, 4th edn, Wolter Kluwer, North Ryde, NSW. ISBN: 9781496349125.
  • Lewis, P., and Foley, D, 2020, Health Assessment in Nursing, 3rd edn, Wolters Kluwer.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.