NURSING 7115 - Specialised Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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 subspecialties 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 Adelaide Nursing School
    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.NurSc and G.DipNurSc 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 subspecialties 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 8313 2995
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Apply core A&R nursing knowledge to anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery patients in a variety of speciality clinical settings
    2 Assess and apply as appropriate perioperative clinical pathways to patients of all specialities from a A&R care perspective
    3 Apply knowledge and theory to ensure best practice underpins all anaesthetic and post anaesthetic recovery practices for management of A&R resources and unit
    4 Apply A&R nursing skills to assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating appropriate care of anaesthetic and post anaesthetic patients
    5 Apply effective communication skills with all multidisciplinary team members in the perioperative arena and within the health care environments
    6 Demonstrate knowledge in analysing and evaluating information from a wide variety of sources to resolve complex issues within the practice setting 
    7 Demonstrate knowledge on how to transfer knowledge, skills and abilities to other team members and act in senior leader roles within practice 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed Texts
    Aitkenhead, A Moppert, I and Thompson, J (eds.) 2013, Smith and Aitkenheads Textbook of Anaesthesia, (6th ed), Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

    Anatomy and Physiology Textbook - Students Choice
    The readings for this course are available electronically via Canvas MyUni. It is the students responsibility to organise printing should they prefer a hard copy of the readings.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Texts:
    • Harley, I & Hore, P 2013, Anaesthesia an Introduction, (5th ed), IP Communication, Melbourne
    • Butterworth, JF Mackey, DC and Wasnick, JD 2013, Morgan & Mikhail's Clinical Anesthesiology (5th ed), McGraw Hill Medical Pub. Division, New York
    • Drain, CB and Odom-Forren, J 2013, Drain's perianesthesia nursing a critical care approach (6th ed), Elsevier/Saunders, St. Louis, Missouri
    Online Learning
    Online Lecture Content
    The lecture content associated with this course is outlined in the Study Guide accessible from weekly folders on the Canvas MyUni website.

    Online Classroom
    The Online Classroom (OLC) technology will be used for tutorial discussions on a weekly basis during the semester. The time for the class will be confirmed and posted on this page by Mid December to allow for clinical work rosters to be coordinated. Outline for accessing and using the OLC is included in the Study Guide.
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    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use the library and its resource at
    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 online delivery mode with Online Classroom contact. Lectures and tutorials via the Online Classroom (OLC) will be utilised to discuss the content for the week and to discuss how students would apply the knowledge into their clinical practice setting. Course materials and resources will accessed electronically and include mediums such as discussion boards, professional documents, websites and e-books.

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

    With weekly lectures via OLC, self-directed reading, other learning material and the completion of clinical competencies and portfolio activities. It is expected that you will need to invest about 24 hours per week of study to successfully complete this course. Some weeks it may be more and other weeks less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Within each week of this semester Anaesthetic and Recovery concerns in regard to each of the surgical specialties will be presented. Students will engage in pre-prepared presentations, the on-line classroom and weekly readings and activities to guide their investigations and explore the problems presented. The content will address key points including the relevant assessment & clinical management for each specialty and will build upon the knowledge & skills from ‘Introduction to Anaesthetic & Recovery Practice’.  The specialty areas covered will include:
    • General Surgery
    • Gastrointestinal Surgery
    • Renal & Urological Surgery
    • ENT, Head & Neck Surgery
    • Ophthalmological Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Neurological Surgery
    • Plastics & Thermal Injury Surgery
    • Gynaecological & Obstetric Surgery
    • Paediatric Patients
    Specific Course Requirements
    To connect to the Online Classroom (OLC) you will require:
    • Either a PC (Personal Computer) or Macintosh computer with Windows or OS-X with operating systems
    • Internet access
    • A multimedia headset which must have BOTH earphone and microphone capacity to allow appropriate participation and discussion in Online Classroom (OLC). 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
    Quiz Formative - 250 words (equivilent) 0% 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7
    Portfolio Competency Tasks Part C (2 Sets) Summative - 2250 words (equivilent) 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
    Portfolio Competency Tasks Part D (3 Sets) Summative - 3750 words (equivilent) 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
    Clinical Simulation Development Summative - 1500 words (equivilent) 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
    Online Classroom Participation Summative NGP/NGF 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The Clinical Skills Competencies with the Portfolio Sets requires students to spend a minimum amount of time (4 weeks minimum in each area) in both the Anaesthetic and Recovery specialty areas, in order to gain skills to competently practice at an advanced level across these areas.
    There will be a Workshop and Study Day in approximately Week 9 or 10 at a date to be confirmed.  The Workshop will take place on the Friday of the confirmed week for an all day skills session working with other PG nursing students from ICU, ED and Coronary Care. We will then meet for the Study Day on Saturday for presentations from members of our Course Advisory Group and other specialist A&R staff.
    Assessment Detail
    Formative Quiz
    Within Canvas students will be required to successfully complete a quiz relating to refresh and reiterate the importance for professional concepts to our ongoing professional practice. The quiz will comprise of 10 questions of either the multiple choice or true/false composition.

    Portfolio Competency Tasks - (Parts C & D) Summative
    Students are expected to submit a portfolio of activities (Competency Sets) in 2 parts this Semester. Each Set has a practical and theory component based on the theme of the Set which allow students to tie theory to practice.  The assessments will allow students to demonstrate competence, and demonstrate their leadership and critical thinking skills.  The Portfolio will also enable students to keep a record of the clinical skills practiced and developed during their participation in the Graduate Diploma of Anaesthetics and Recovery Program.
    Clinical Simulation Development - Summative
    Students will work in a group to develop a clinical simulation which they will run the workshop day. Each group will coordinate and run their own scenario, and once the scenario is completed they will lead the debrief session for the participants.
    Workshop/Study Day Attendance - NGP/NGF

    Online Classroom Participation - NGP/NGF
    Must attend 80% of online component
    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
    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 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.

    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: changing just a few words does not constitute paraphrasing.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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