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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 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 synthesise knowledge of physiological responses in acute health conditions to enable recognition and management of acute health breakdown
2 critique the effectiveness of the nurses’ response to acute health breakdown and the nursing management of acute health conditions
3 relate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to the management of acute health breakdown
4 appraise evidence based interventions to provide person centred care in acute care settings

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:
    • GA4:
  2. critique the effectiveness of the nurses’ response to acute health breakdown and the nursing management of acute health conditions
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. relate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics to the management of acute health breakdown
    • GA4:
  4. appraise evidence based interventions to provide person centred care in acute care settings
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

  • 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 texts may change in future study periods.