NURSING 6116HO - Hyperbaric Nursing I

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 2 - 2014

This course examines nursing and medical science in relation to the indications for Hyperbaric Nursing and the physical psychosocial needs of those undergoing hyperbaric treatment. Topics include anatomy, physiology, psychosocial care, physics, hyperbaric patient assessment, hyperbaric technical skills, safety and patient education.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 6116HO
    Course Hyperbaric Nursing I
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 6
    Restrictions Available to GradCertNursSc & GradDipNursSc students only
    Assessment skills check list pass/fail workbook 35%, structured clinical assessment 35%, 1 hour exam 35% - students must pass each component
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Paul McLiesh

    Course Coordinator: Paul McLiesh
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6286
    Location: School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Location: Level 3, Eleanor Harrald Building, RAH
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Relate the historical perspective of hyperbaric and diving medicine and hyperbaric nursing
    2 Distinguish the educational requirements, roles and responsibilities of staff in hyperbaric medicine units and how those roles interact with other health care professionals.
    3 Identify and employ the statutory required documentation for hyperbaric facilities and identify related potential safety hazards
    4 Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of care delivered to the hyperbaric patient that is based on best available evidence.
    5 Evaluate the occupational health and safety issues for employees in hyperbaric medicine units
    6 Identify, prevent and respond to potential complications in the hyperbaric patient
    7 Discuss barotrauma and oxygen toxicity- their prevention and management,
    8 Revise and critique contemporary hyperbaric medicine literature.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 4, 8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2-3
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 4, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Standards Australia 2002, Australian Standard 4774.2-2002: work in compressed air and hyperbaric facilities–part 2–hyperbaric oxygen facilities, Standards Australia.

    Larson-Lohr, V & Norvell, HC (eds.) 2002, Hyperbaric nursing, Best Publishing, Flagstaff, Arizona.

    The readings for this course area available electronically via MyUni. 
    Recommended Resources
    Feldmeier JJ, Chairman and Editor Hyperbaric Oxygen 2003 Indications and Results: The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report. Dunkirk, MD: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society 2003.

    Neuman, T & Thom, S (eds.) 2008, Physiology and Medicine of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia USA
    Note: this book is available electronically via the Barr Smith Library.

    Kindwall, EP & Whelan, HT (eds.) 2008, Hyperbaric Medicine Practice, 3rd ed. Best Publishing, Flagstaff, Arizona.

    Workman, WT (ed.) 1999, Hyperbaric facility safety: a practical guide, Best Publishing, Flagstaff, Arizona.

    Sheffield, P, Smith, A & Fife, C 2007, Wound care practice, Best Publishing, Flagstaff Arizona.

    Note: You are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable supplementary reading on various aspects of the material covered within this course and you are encouraged to have a look at them.
    Online Learning
    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework nursing program have access to the School of Nursing – Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. If you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the Communication features in the site. This site will also feature information about the latest news and events at the School of Nursing.

    UNIFIED is your one-stop shop for email, calendar, MyUni and Access Adelaide. It even allows you to search the Library.
    UNIFIED is available to all active students; with a single login you can access your student systems and personal information through a central website. Login with your Student ID ("a1234567") and Password.

    For more information, including easy to follow instructions visit

    Library Resources
    Help for Nursing Students
    The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use the library and its resource (

    Remote student library service
    The University of Adelaide Library provides a document delivery and loans service to non-metropolitan students who do not visit a University of Adelaide campus to attend classes (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will incorporate readings, viewing of multimedia, self-directed learning activities in your hyperbaric medicine unit and a study guide to direct through these various components.

    The study guide is divided into sections and includes the required readings for each topic. The study guide activities are not compulsory. Rather, it is designed as a learning tool to aid the student in the understanding of each topic.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    While all students work at a different pace it is expected that study for this course will be approximately 24 hours per week of your time. This is a rough guide and may vary for students who have not studied recently.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course addresses such issues as the history, management and safety of hyperbaric medicine units along with advanced clinical practice issues for nurses working in hyperbaric medicine units.

    Course topics include:
    Historical perspective of hyperbaric and diving medicine and nursing
    Hyperbaric nurse attendant training
    Nursing management in hyperbaric units
    Quality of care and outcome measurement in hyperbaric nursing
    Occupational Health and Safety in the Hyperbaric setting
    Literature analysis and evidenced based practice in hyperbaric nursing
    Tissue viability assessment

    Wound management
    • historical perspectives of hyperbaric and diving medicine

    • hyperbaric medicine unit management
         - quality assurance in hyperbaric facilities
         - education of nursing staff
         - staffing issues in hyperbaric facilities
         - current standards for hyperbaric facilities

    • risk management and quality improvement
         - hyperbaric chamber/facility safety
         - occupational health and safety of hyperbaric staff
         - patient safety
         - incident reporting

    • wound care
         - basic principles of healing and assessment
         - tissue viability assessment

    • Equipment and infection control.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Credit may be provided for this course for students who have previously completed an accredited hospital base hyperbaric certificate. Credit is NOT automatic & the student must submit an application to the School learning and teaching committee. Please contact the course coordinator to discuss your options.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Referencing quiz Formative 0% 3, 8
    Portfolio Summative 30% 3, 4
    Essay Summative 40% 3, 8
    Presentation Summative 30% 1-2, 5-7
    Assessment Detail
    Plagiarism and referencing module
    In order to avoid plagiarism, students need to understand the meaning of citation, paraphrasing, quotation, and referencing. The module is an online quiz designed to ensure that student work is not plagiarised and source material is properly acknowledged according to the guidelines in the School Academic Manual. Students are encouraged to work through this quiz as many times as they need to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of these guidelines.
    The module is used as a formative assessment that has no percentage allocated to a final grade

    Due Date: Semester 1: Week 6
    Semester 2: Week 6
    Weighting: 30%
    Length: 2,000 words

    • Topic
    In this assessment you will need to discuss weekly topics that relate to hyperbaric nursing. See each week for the topic or question.

    Due Date: Semester 1: Week 9
    Semester 2: Week 9
    Weighting: 40%
    Length: 3,000 words

    • Topic
    The purpose of this essay is to encourage critical examination and discussion of current issues within hyperbaric medicine practice. Students are expected to undertake a review of the current literature with the view to build an academic discussion outlining a topic of your choice. Students must align their topic with the course objectives, with a focus on its relevance in hyperbaric nursing practice. The topic must be negotiated with the course coordinator.

    Suggested topics may include:
    methods of tracking wounds of patients undergoing hyperbaric treatment
    hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of cerebral palsy
    methods of measuring hyperbaric patient outcomes
    examination of practices used to reduce the risk of attendant occupational health problems and increase prompt reporting of them
    review, write and/or revise a Unit policy or procedure and support with current literature or expert opinion
    develop a standard teaching program designed to reduce the rate of hyperbaric induced patient ear barotrauma
    discuss the role (or the need for one) of the hyperbaric safety director in your unit
    an overview of hyperbaric nursing publications found by literature review.
    a review of the literature on hyperbaric medicine and an indication of your choice
    indications for hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Due Date: Semester 1: Swot Week
    Semester 2: Swot Week
    Weighting: 30%
    Length: 20 minutes

    • Topic
    Students are required to develop a 20-minute presentation based on the case study or literature review, the presentation should be performed before the course coordinator (or accredited hyperbaric nursing expert for interstate students).
    Students are also encouraged to consider submission of their presentation at a relevant Annual Scientific Meeting (e.g. Hyperbaric Technicians and Nurses Association ASM).
    Assessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on the due date specified. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at

    An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file. If submitting a PowerPoint presentation for marking, the .ppt or .pptx must be submitted as .pdf file. It is also important to submit your file under your name, such as surname.firstname. MyUni stamps all the other details against your filename once you submit your assessment.

    Turnitin is used to submit all assignments in this course. Turnitin is a plagiarism software tool that enables the student to identify any matching text before final submission.

    An Assignment Coversheet must be submitted with each assessment. The coversheet should be the first page of your assessment. A word version of the Assignment Coversheet is available to download at The Plagiarism Statement must be signed and dated for your assessment to be marked (please note the details stated on the Assignment Coversheet). More information on avoiding Plagiarism is available at

    If you have difficulty submitting your assignment, you can call the MyUni helpdesk from 8am to 6pm 08 8303 3335.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Students are reminded that plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty constitute a serious offence and can result in disciplinary procedures. Students are advised to read the policy Academic Honesty and Assessment Obligations for Coursework Students Policy & Coursework Students: Academic Dishonesty Procedures policy, available at The following definitions should be noted.

    Referencing: providing a full bibliographic reference to the source of the citation (in a style as determined by the School).
    Quotation: placing an excerpt from an original source into a paper using either quotation marks or indentation, with the source cited, using an approved referencing system in order to give credit to the original author.
    Paraphrasing: repeating a section of text using different words which retain the original meaning.
    Please note: changing just a few words does not constitute paraphrasing.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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