NURSING 6117OL - Infection Control Nursing
Online - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 6117OL Course Infection Control Nursing Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 6 Contact Online Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to GCert.NursSc and M.NursSc students only Course Description This course will examine nursing and medical science in relation to the control of infection. Topics include decontamination and sterilisation of medical devices, the clinical management of the patient with an infectious disease or infection, the teaching/learning process in staff education and other contemporary issues within infection control.
Course Coordinator: Ms Yvette SalamonCourse Coordinator: Yvette Salamon
Phone: +61 8 831 32995
Location: Adelaide Nursing School, Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Design an effective infection control program for their health care facility that is based on current evidence based practice 2 Discuss the causes and control measures of specific infectious diseases including during pandemics 3 Discuss the principles used in cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation in a health care facility 4 Illustrate the teaching and learning principles necessary for developing an educational program related to infection control and integrate this into practice. 5 Explain the causes of nosocomial / iatrogenic infection and strategies used to contain them 6 Discuss the influence of the physical environment on the implementation of infection control measures 7 Formulate a plan to implement infection control principles influencing general patient care practices.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 2, 3, 7
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 4, 7
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1, 2, 4, 6, 7
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
1, 2, 4, 6, 7
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
1, 2, 7
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
2, 4, 6, 7
2. Lee, G & Bishop, P 2016, Microbiology and infection control for health professionals, 6th, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended Texts
Lautenbach E, Malani PN, Woeltje K, Han JH, Shuman EK, & Marschall J , (ed.) 2018, Practical Healthcare Epidemiology, 4th edn, Slack Incorporated, New Jersey.
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.
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 https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/web/mycampus/home.
Help for Nursing Students
The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use the library and its resource (www.library.adelaide.edu.au/guide/med/nursing).
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 (www.adelaide.edu.au/library/docdel/external.html).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course materials consist of a Study guide, readings and two Clinical Scenarios. There are three pieces of written assessment. The nature of infection control nursing is such that much of your learning will be grounded in your practice. Therefore, although it is not assessed formally, it is incumbent upon the student to forge the links between practice and theory.
The weeks of the Study guide consist of commentary to guide you through the prescribed reading along with activities to assist your understanding. A comprehensive series of readings is provided in recognition of the fact that some students may not have ready access to good library facilities. Nevertheless, you are encouraged to read beyond the course reader wherever possible. You are also advised to note carefully the work that you are required to complete. The program of reading is very substantial. Links for the prescribed articles are on MyUni. You are encouraged to become familiar with accessing materials from libraries, databases and the Internet.
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 SummaryThe content of this course is organised into twelve weeks of work. This reflects the length of the semester and you should endeavour to complete one week each week. Specifically, the course content addresses:
• elements of an infection control program
• quality control in an infection control program
• evidence based practice
• infection control link nurses
• credentialing the infection control nurse
• infectious diseases
• components of the infectious disease process
• specific infectious diseases and patient management
• legal issues in infectious diseases
• cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation
• principles of cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation
• methods of sterilisation and disinfection
• re-use of single use items
• outbreak investigation and management
• investigation procedures
• strategies for controlling an outbreak
• data collection and reporting tools
• patient care practices
• infection control principles influencing general patient care
• implementing isolation precautions
• aseptic versus clean technique
• hand washing and hand washing agents
• the health care facility environment
• architectural and refurbishment considerations
• cleaning of the hospital environmental
• the infection control nurse as an educator
• principles of adult education
• small group work
• teaching / learning strategies
• staff health issues relating to infection control
• vaccination program
• exposure risks of staff to infectious diseases.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Referencing Module Formative 0% Essay Summative 30% 2-3, 6 Clinical Scenario Summative 35% 3, 5-6 PowerPoint Presentation Summative 35% 4, 7
Assessment DetailPlagiarism 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
Weighting: 30% Length: 2,500 words
To be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format via the MyUni, Assignment.
Drawing on the material that you have covered in the first three weeks, select two infectious diseases addressed in the first 4 weeks and prepare an infection control management plan for nurses working in the area having either a patient or patients with each of these diseases.
The management plan should outline the disease process, including the transmission of infection and source of infection, reservoir and the nursing management of the patient. Although you may briefly discuss the medical management of the patient this is not the focus of this assignment.
The main focus is on the required nursing care for a person with this infection/disease and their needs and nursing care considerations.
Weighting: 35% Length: 2500 words
To be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format via the MyUni, Assignment.
You will be provided with two clinical scenarios of a patient with an infectious disease. You are required to choose one clinical scenario for this assignment.
After reading the clinical scenario you will be required to answer a series of questions in relation to the information provided within the clinical scenario. The information provided in weeks 3–9 will assist you to answer the questions.
Weighting: 35% Length: 25 minute presentation (2500) word equivalent)
5 minutes questions time
Accompanying documentation such as the assignment coversheet should still be submitted via MyUni, Assignment.
For this assignment you need to select and present a current contemporary issue in infection control nursing. The choice of issue may be any aspect of infection control nursing and can include discussion on policies, procedures, and equipment or professional standards
SubmissionAssessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/.
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 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.
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.Plagiarism
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 www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/. 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 (https://access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp)
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
- Academic Support with Maths
- Academic Support with writing and speaking skills
- Student Life Counselling Support - Personal counselling for issues affecting study
- International Student Support
- AUU Student Care - Advocacy, confidential counselling, welfare support and advice
- Students with a Disability - Alternative academic arrangements
- Reasonable Adjustments to Teaching & Assessment for Students with a Disability Policy
- LinkedIn Learning
Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.
The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.