NURSING 7114 - Introduction to Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course provides the clinician with the clinically-focused skills and knowledge to function at a baseline anaesthetic and post-anaesthesia recovery nurse level within the peri-operative environment. The course follows a patient's experience through their peri operative pathway and analyses the common phases along this journey. Topics presented cover the knowledge & skills required during preoperative, intra-operative and post-anaesthesia recovery phases of care. There is a strong focus on the skills acquirement within the student's clinical environment. Following this course the clinician will be able to function at a base level within the areas of anaesthetic and recovery nursing.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7114
    Course Introduction to Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Flexible delivery mode with online classroom contact
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Course Description This course provides the clinician with the clinically-focused skills and knowledge to function at a baseline anaesthetic and post-anaesthesia recovery nurse level within the peri-operative environment. The course follows a patient's experience through their peri operative pathway and analyses the common phases along this journey. Topics presented cover the knowledge & skills required during preoperative, intra-operative and post-anaesthesia recovery phases of care. There is a strong focus on the skills acquirement within the student's clinical environment. Following this course the clinician will be able to function at a base level within the areas of anaesthetic and recovery nursing.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Yvette Salamon

    Course Coordinator: Yvette Salamon
    Phone: +61 8 8222 5525
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Construct a core knowledge base that will complement any anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery clinical care unit.
    2 Use understanding of the perioperative clinical pathway
    3 Recognise and analyse the theory that underpins all anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery practice
    4 Formulate, prioritise, implement and evaluate appropriate care of anaesthetic and post anaesthetic patients
    5 Practise necessary clinical skills competently
    6 Distinguish the concepts that make anaesthetics and post anaesthetic recovery nursing unique
    7 Locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesis information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
    8 Apply effective communication skills with multidisciplinary team members
    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. 1-6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4-5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed texts
    Harley, I & Hore, P 2013, Anaesthesia an Introduction, (5th ed.), IP Communication, Melbourne.

    Australian College of Operating Room Nursing (ACORN), 2012-2013, ACORN standards for perioperative nursing, ACORN, Adelaide.

    Schick, L & Windle, PE 2010, Perianesthesia nursing core curriculum: preprocedure, phase I and II PACU nursing, (2nd edition), WB Saunders, St. Louis.

    The prescribed texts are integral to the course and may be purchased from all or some of the following outlets:

    The University of Adelaide
    Adelaide SA 5005
    Phone: +61 8 81255160

    Encompass Bookshop
    Shop 20, Renaissance Arcade
    128 Rundle Mall
    Adelaide SA 5000
    Phone: 08 82240886
    Fax: 08 8223 3570

    The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.
    Please note: it is your responsibility to organise printing should you prefer a hard copy of the reader.
    Recommended Resources
    Aitkenhead, AR Smith, G & Rowbotham, DJ 2013, Textbook of anaesthesia, (6th edition) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
    Online Learning
    Online Lecture Content
    The lecture content associated with this course is accessible from the MyUni website.

    Online Classroom
    The Online Classroom (OC) technology will be used for lecture/tutorial discussions on a weekly basis each Tuesday from 1830-2030 (SA time) during this semester.

    UNIFIED is your one-stop shop for email, calendar, MyUni and Access Adelaide. It even allows you to search the Library.
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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 flexible delivery mode with Online Classroom contact.
    Lectures and tutorials via the Online Classroom will be utilised to discuss the content for the week and to discuss how students would apply the knowledge into their clinical practice setting.

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

    Weekly lectures/tutorials via OC, self-directed reading and learning, clinical placement (minimum 4 weeks in each speciality area) and clinical skills workbook. It is expected that you will need to invest about 24 hours per week of study to successfully complete this course. This includes all study activities, virtual classrooms, readings and assessment. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A patients pathway through the perioperative environment, looking firstly at the pre procedural phase (including patient assessment & admission processes), followed by the intraoperative phase (including anaesthetic & circulation nurse knowledge & skills) and finally to the postoperative phase (including post anaesthetic recovery assessment & intervention knowledge and skills).

    Week 1. Nursing roles within the perioperative environment
    Week 2. Airway skills and anaesthetic machines
    Week 3. Respiratory physiology/disease & impact on anaesthesia and recovery care
    Week 4. Cardiac physiology/disease & impact on anaesthesia and recovery care
    Week 5. Acid base balance/fluid management
    Week 6. Haemodynamic monitoring
    Week 7. Shock/emergency anaesthesia & recovery
    Week 8. General anaesthesia
    Week 9. Regional anaesthesia
    Week 10. Surgical, anaesthetic & post anaesthetic complications
    Week 11. Post anaesthesia recovery – Part 1
    Week 12. Post anaesthesia recovery – Part 2
    Specific Course 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 (An application for Blackboard Collaborate is available for free for Smartphones or Tablets on Android or Apple store)
    - Internet access
    - A multimedia headset – it must have BOTH earphone and microphone (These are available in computer variety stores)
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable
  • 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
    Learning Portfolio A Formative 0% 1-5, 7
    Learning Portfolio B Summative 50% 1-5, 7
    Education Guide Summative 25% 2, 5, 7
    Presentation Summative 25% 5, 7-8
    Clinical Skills workbook Summative Non-Graded Pass 1, 2, 4-8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The clinical skills workbook requires students to spend a minimum amount of time (4 weeks minimum in each area) in both (Anaesthetics and Recovery) speciality areas, in order to gain skills to competently practice at an advanced level across these areas.
    Assessment Detail
    Learning Portfolio A (Formative assessment) (700 words) − 0%
    Students are expected to submit a portfolio of activities from Week’s 1 & 2 from the study guide. As this is a formative assessment there is no grade attached to this assessment piece. It does however allow the student to receive feedback on their academic writing, and allows them to develop their skills required for successful completion of further assessments.

    Learning Portfolio B (3,500 words) − 50%
    Students are expected to submit a portfolio of activities for Weeks 3 – 13

    Education Guide (2000 word equivalence) – 25%
    Students are to develop a quick reference instructional guide for a piece of equipment used in their work environment

    Presentation of education guide (1,500 words equivalent) − 25%
    Students will present their education guide in a PowerPoint presentation via the Online Classroom and respond to questions about their presentation from fellow students.

    Online Participation − Pass/Fail (must attend 80% of online component)

    Clinical Skills Handbook – Non-graded Pass/Fail
    While this is a non-graded assessment, the handbook enables students to keep a record of their clinical skills practiced and developed during their clinical component within the Graduate Diploma.

    See Study Guide for 7114 Introduction to Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing for further detail.
    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 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

    Using Turnitin
    Most assessments for this course will be submitted via Turnitin in MyUni.
    Turnitin is an electronic program that enables students to check that they are referencing correctly. It also enables more efficient feedback as assignments submitted via Turnitin are assessed using an online process
    Please refer to the course study guide for assessment details and further information about Turnitin

    All assessments should be submitted by the specified due date.

    Late submission of work
    Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 10% of available marks for each day after the due date. Work submitted more than 10 days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.

    Word limit
    You are advised to comply with word limits. You are, of course, not expected to achieve exactly the required length and a 10% leeway on either side is acceptable. However a penalty of 5% of available marks will apply for word limit of the 10% leeway.
    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).
    Use of EndNote with the School of Nursing Style is strongly recommended
    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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