NURSING 7115 - Specialised Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course provides the clinician with the specialty-focused skills and knowledge to function as an advanced anaesthetic and postanaesthesia recovery nurse within the perioperative environment. The course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired along the patient's perioperative pathway and how these are applied to the numerous subspecialities of surgery and the implications on anaesthesia and postanaesthesia recovery nursing practice. The course examines and investigates the advanced knowledge and skills required to competently manage these patients. Advanced assessment and clinical intervention skills are demonstrated and are reinforced within the student's clinical environment. The completion of this course will enable the clinician to function at an advanced clinical level within all areas of anaesthetic and recovery nursing.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7115
    Course Specialised Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 2
    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
    Prerequisites NURSING 7114
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Course Description This course provides the clinician with the specialty-focused skills and knowledge to function as an advanced anaesthetic and postanaesthesia recovery nurse within the perioperative environment. The course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired along the patient's perioperative pathway and how these are applied to the numerous subspecialities of surgery and the implications on anaesthesia and postanaesthesia recovery nursing practice. The course examines and investigates the advanced knowledge and skills required to competently manage these patients. Advanced assessment and clinical intervention skills are demonstrated and are reinforced within the student's clinical environment. The completion of this course will enable the clinician to function at an advanced clinical level within all areas of anaesthetic and recovery nursing.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Yvette Salamon

    Course Coordinator: Yvette Salamon
    Phone: +61 8 8222 5525
    Email: yvette.salamon@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Apply the core Anaesthetic and Recovery nursing knowledge base to anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery clinical settings.
    2 Apply the perioperative clinical pathway process to any anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery speciality
    3 Application of theory to all anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery practice speciality settings
    4 Formulate, prioritise, implement and evaluate appropriate care
    5 Perform with confidence the necessary clinical skills
    6 Advanced communication skills with multidisciplinary team members
    7 Distinguish the concepts that make anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery nursing unique
    8 Locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesis information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
    9 Transfer knowledge, skills and abilities to other team members
    10 Transmit, analyse and generation of solutions to problems at a complex level
    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, 9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 8, 10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4-6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 9, 10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 8-10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7, 10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 9-10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7, 9, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Aitkenhead, AR Smith, G & Rowbotham, DJ 2013, Textbook of anaesthesia, (6th edition) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
    Australian College of Operating Room Nursing (ACORN), 2010, 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:

    Unibooks
    The University of Adelaide
    Adelaide SA 5005
    Phone: +61 8 81255160
    Email: adelaide@unibooks.com.au
    Website: www.unibooks.com.au

    Encompass Bookshop
    Shop 20, Renaissance Arcade
    128 Rundle Mall
    Adelaide SA 5000
    Phone: 08 82240886
    Fax: 08 8223 3570
    Email: adelaide@encompassboks.com.au
    Website: www.encompassbooks.com.au

    Reader
    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.
    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 tutorial discussions on a weekly basis each Tuesday from 1830-2030 (SA time) during this semester.

    Unified
    http://unified.adelaide.edu.au/
    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.

    Library Resources
    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).
  • 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.
    Workload

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

    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
    Overview
    Within each week, the specific anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery sub speciality concerns will be presented. These concerns will address the key points (including relevant assessment & clinical management) for the sub specialities, and will build upon the knowledge & skill from ‘Introduction to Anaesthetic & Recovery Practice’

    Weekly lectures/tutorials via OC, self-directed reading and learning, clinical placement (minimum 4 weeks in each speciality area) and clinical skills workbook.

    Week 1. General surgical anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 2. Gastrointestinal surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 3. Renal & Urological surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 4. ENT, Head & neck surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 5. Ophthalmological surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 6. Orthopaedic surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 7. Vascular surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 8. Cardiothoracic surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 9. Neurological surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 10. Plastics surgery & thermal injuries surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 11. Gynaecological & obstetric surgery anaesthesia & recovery practice
    Week 12. Surgery on the paediatric patient anaesthesia & recovery practice
    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)
  • 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
    Case Study Plan Formative (500 words) 0% 1-4, 6-8, 10
    Learning Portfolio Summative/Formative (2000 words) 30% 1-4, 7, 8, 10
    Case Study Summative (2500 words) 40% 1-4, 6-8, 10
    Poster Summative (2000 words equivalence) 30% 4, 8-10
    Clinical Skills Handbook Non-Graded Pass Non-Graded Pass/Fail 3-5, 8-10
    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
    Cast Study Plan Formative Assessment (500 words) – 0%
    Students are expected to choose a patient and provide a rough plan of the case study outlining the key points to be discussed.
    This assessment is scheduled early in the semester to assist in the planning and development of the case study, and allows the student to receive feedback prior to completion of the final assignment.
    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.

    Case Study  (2500 words) – 40%
    Building on from the case study plan each student is required to complete a case study of high academic standard. Case studies allow clinical episodes and practices to be articulated and explored.

    Poster (200 word equivalence) – 30%
    The poster must be on a clinical procedure covered within this semester’s lecture/tutorial program. The information must be presented as a poster.

    Learning Portfolio (2000 words) – 30%
    Students are expected to submit a portfolio of activities chosen from the surgical specialities from within the 12 weeks of the course.

    Clinical Skills Handbook – Non-graded Pass/Fail
    Continuing on from ‘Introduction to Anaesthetics and Recovery Nursing’, 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. This must be completed by the end of this course.
    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 www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/.
    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 www.health.adelaide.edu.au/nursing/students/resources. 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 www.adelaide.edu.au/clpd/plagiarism/

    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 your study guide for assessment details and the information below 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.

    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.

    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.

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    eSELTs

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