NURSING 5101HO - Apheresis Nursing I

Teaching Hospitals - Semester 1 - 2014

This course will examine the nursing and medical science underpinning therapeutic and donor apheresis. Topics will focus on the care and management of the patient/donor undergoing apheresis procedures and the recognition and treatment of common complications. The principles of basic haematology, coagulation and immunology will be reviewed. Machines and technical procedures, including the use of columns and filtration apheresis and photopheresis will be explored.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 5101HO
    Course Apheresis Nursing I
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Teaching Hospitals
    Units 6
    Contact Flexible delivery mode
    Restrictions Available to GradCertNursSc students only
    Course Description This course will examine the nursing and medical science underpinning therapeutic and donor apheresis. Topics will focus on the care and management of the patient/donor undergoing apheresis procedures and the recognition and treatment of common complications. The principles of basic haematology, coagulation and immunology will be reviewed. Machines and technical procedures, including the use of columns and filtration apheresis and photopheresis will be explored.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kate Cameron

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kate Cameron
    Phone: +61 8 8222 2991
    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 Examine the appropriate nursing practice for the delivery of apheresis
    2 Discuss the assessment, preparation and management of a patient/donor receiving apheresis, including paediatric apheresis
    3 Describe and discuss the basic pathophysiology of disease treated by therapeutic apheresis
    4 Analyse the principles of basic haematology and of the ABO/Rh system
    5 Apply the principles of immunology and the mechanisms of immune response to common neurological diseases where apheresis interventions are used.
    6 Discuss the principles and the rationale for therapeutic apheresis procedures
    7 Recognise and discuss the risks and adverse reactions associated with apheresis procedures.
    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. 1-7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-2, 7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Linz, W, Crookston, K, Duvall, D, Kong, B. Jones, H & Sabin, S (eds) 2010, Principles of apheresis technology, 4th edn, American Society for Apheresis (ASFA), Vancouver, Canada.

    The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
    Online Learning
    Online Classroom
    The online classroom (OC) technology will be used for two classroom sessions during this semester. You need to familiarise yourself with this technology to become reasonably comfortable with using it prior to the start of the semester.

    Hardware requirements

    To connect to the OC you will require:
    • a computer – either a PC-based or a Macintosh-based machine with Windows or OS-X with Java
    • Internet access – there seems to be little difference between broadband and dial-up connections other than the speed of the initial connection. You will need to select your connection type when you first log-in.
    • a multimedia headset – it must have both earphones and microphone (These are available in computer variety stores for about $25).

    If you are going to utilise a computer and internet connection from your workplace, you need to discuss this with your employer. You will also need to establish with your workplace IT department if there are any firewalls that need to be negotiated to allow connection to the OC. If your IT department need further clarification on this they can contact your course coordinator.


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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Flexible delivery with two Online Classroom sessions.

    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 12 hours per week of your time
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course content will include but not be limited to the following:

    History of apheresis
    Apheresis instrumentation
    Patient assessment and care
    Circulation and blood volume estimation
    Physical characteristics of blood
    Pharmacology in apheresis
    Vascular access
    Complications and adverse events in apheresis
    Therapeutic apheresis
    Plasma exchange in neurological, renal and metabolic disorders
    Therapeutic plasma exchange in haematological disorders
    Filters, columns and photopheresis
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Due Date
    Presentation search strategy and outline Formative 0% Optional topic (1-7) Week 4
    Online presentation Summative 25% Optional topic (1-7) Week 7/8
    Article critique Summative 25% 1 Week 10
    Portfolio of activities Summative 50% 1-7 Week 12
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Presentation search strategy and outline: 0%, 400 words
    The object of this assessment is to develop and present beginning skills in literature search strategies in preparation for the online presentation.

    Assessment 2: Online presentation: 25%, 1700 word equivalent

    For this assignment you are required to present an online PowerPoint presentation of 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation, 3 minutes discussion) to the coordinator and fellow students in the scheduled online classroom time.

    Assessment 3: Article critique: 25%, 1800 words
    The object of this assessment is to consider some of the issues in apheresis nursing as identified in the learning throughout this program and discuss them in relation to the prescribed article and your context.

    Assessment 4: Portfolio of activities: 50%, 4000 words
    Students are expected to submit a compiled document of portfolio activities from the study guide. They are encouraged to plan their work and complete activities on a week by week basis.
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    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

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