NURSING 7111 - Advanced Burns Nursing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course will further develop nursing and medical science in relation to burn management and examine advanced principles of burn nursing in the adult and paediatric settings. This course will examine the holistic needs of the burn injured patient, with a major focus on the role of the multidisciplinary team in burn care. It will have both theoretical and clinical components supported by online tutorials. Topics will include transcultural nursing, physical therapy, infection control, psychological and psychosocial issues, reconstructive surgery and case management. Students will continue to complete a range of clinical competencies throughout the course.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7111
    Course Advanced Burns Nursing
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Flexible delivery mode with online classroom tutorials
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites NURSING 7110 Fundamentals of Burns Nursing
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Course Description This course will further develop nursing and medical science in relation to burn management and examine advanced principles of burn nursing in the adult and paediatric settings. This course will examine the holistic needs of the burn injured patient, with a major focus on the role of the multidisciplinary team in burn care. It will have both theoretical and clinical components supported by online tutorials. Topics will include transcultural nursing, physical therapy, infection control, psychological and psychosocial issues, reconstructive surgery and case management. Students will continue to complete a range of clinical competencies throughout the course.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Paul McLiesh

    Additional Academic Staff:
    Rachel Kornhaber -

    School of Nursing Office:
    Ph - +61 8313 3595
    Email -
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Discuss the theory that supports burns nursing practice and apply that to practice
    2 Describe, analyse and perform an burns assessment and demonstrate effective treatment of burns patients
    3 Distinguish and implement assessment and treatment techniques based upon best available evidence
    4 Debate current clinical issues in burns nursing
    5 Demonstrate the skills that allow the delivery of effective nursing care to patients with burn injuries in conjunction with other healthcare professionals.
    6 Demonstrate leadership and mentorship in the burns care setting
    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. 1-3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3-4
    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. 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4-5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Herndon, D (ed) 2007, Total Burn Care, 3rd edn, Saunders, Philadelphia.
    1. Copies of this text will be available for student loan by negotiation with the course coordinator but are available online.

    Carrougher, G (ed.) 1998, Burn Care and Therapy, Mosby, Missouri

    The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Sood 2006, Achauer & Sood’s Burn Surgery and Reconstruction, 1st edn, Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia.

    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
    This course will be delivered through the following means:
    Weekly two hour tutorial via online classroom

    The online classroom (OC) technology will be used for tutorial discussions on a weekly basis each Wednesday from 1100-1300 (SA time) during this semester. Some information on the OC should have been provided to you, 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
    • Internet access
    • 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.

    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.

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    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 be delivered through the Flexible delivery mode with online Classroom contact.
    As you will all be studying off-campus, it is going to be essential that you communicate with other students to facilitate discussion and broaden your knowledge of the differing methods of delivering burn care that may occur. This communication will occur during the tutorials in Advanced Burns Nursing. The use of the online classroom to facilitate real time interaction between students and expert clinicians, widely separated by distance, will be the type of opportunity previously only found at the national burns conference of the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association.

    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
    In this course we will cover a variety of topics which shape and direct the activities of burns nurses as they practice in health services. We will consider the principles of the physical and emotional rehabilitation in a culturally appropriate manner. This course will cover the practical issues that face burns nurses on a daily basis. Advanced Burns Nursing focuses on applying knowledge to practice. Specifically, the course content addresses:

    1. Pain management
    2. Non accidental injury
    3. Nutrition
    4. Infection control
    5. Psychological care
    6. Burn survivor support
    7. Burn staff support
    8. Physical therapy and rehabilitation
    9. Reconstructive surgery
    10. Case management and discharge planning
    11. Distance burn management
    12. Trans cultural nursing
    13. Ethical issues and palliative burn care
    14. Professional issues

    Every endeavour will be made to present material that reflects current knowledge. In addition, reference will be made to current research in topics that are being addressed. The overall aim is to provide knowledge on what is currently believed to be best clinical practice in the international world of burns nursing care.

    The course coordinator is supported with advice and clinical acumen from mentors who are a valuable part of the course team. Mentors should be utilised by students as they are a valuable resource and have a wealth of experience.
  • 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
    Synopsis Formative 0% 1-2
    Presentation Summative 25% 1-3, 5
    Portfolio Summative 40% 2-4
    Essay Summative 35% 3-6
    Clinical Diary – ongoing throughout the year Summative Non-graded pass/fail 1-3, 5
    Assessment Detail
    A synopsis of your presentation should be submitted to the course coordinator via MyUni. The topic for the synopsis (& therefore presentation) can be chosen from any of the subjects that have been covered in Advanced Burns Nursing.

    Outline should include these headings:
    • Introduction
    • Aims and Objectives
    • Audience
    • Structure
    • Steps
    • Outline the key points to be discussed
    • Conclusion
    • References

    Briefly describe the search strategy undertaken to identify preliminary references including key words and list databases used (e.g. Medline). This is to ensure contemporary and reliable resources are used to support your work.
    Provide a reference list containing 5 preliminary references on the topic

    It is a requirement of the assessment that the presentation is made to a group of your peers in the presence of your clinical titleholder. It is expected that the presentation should take approximately 20 mins with time allowed in addition for questions. The topic can be chosen from any of the subjects that have been covered in Advanced Burns Nursing.

    This portfolio will form part of the assessment for this course.
    You are encouraged to plan your work and complete your activities on a week-by-week basis. This will be much more conducive to your learning than grouping activities together.

    You are conducting a rural study day when a community nurse approaches you. In the community that the nurse works in there is a 16 year old Aboriginal man who was burnt two years previously. He now has severe neck and axillary contractures. He has a history of substance abuse by petrol sniffing and also suffers from epilepsy. The contractures are significantly impairing his ability to manage life and he has been asking the nurse what can be done to help.

    Discuss the options that may be available to him, including the care that will be required in hospital. Highlight any potential barriers to successful treatment and possible strategies to overcome them. The focus of this essay should be in the context of the course content.
    Assessment Submission
    Assessments, 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
    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 that 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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