NURSING 7116 - Concepts Anaesthetics & Recovery Nursing Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

Within this course, students examine and debate key concepts of anaesthesia and postanaesthetic recovery nursing practice, which are essential for safe and effective patient outcomes. Whilst these topics are not the 'essential' knowledge and skills of clinical practice, an understanding of topics such as quality management and mental health does influence the care provided by professional nurses practicing within the perioperative environment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7116
    Course Concepts Anaesthetics & Recovery Nursing Practice
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Flexible delivery mode
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M.NurSc and G.DipNurSc students only
    Course Description Within this course, students examine and debate key concepts of anaesthesia and postanaesthetic recovery nursing practice, which are essential for safe and effective patient outcomes. Whilst these topics are not the 'essential' knowledge and skills of clinical practice, an understanding of topics such as quality management and mental health does influence the care provided by professional nurses practicing within the perioperative environment.
    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 Discuss how the topics covered impact onto patient care, either directly or indirectly
    2 Explore how to integrate new knowledge, technologies and best practice into daily clinical practice
    3 Locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesis information from a wide variety of sources to investigate and develop best practice in a clinical setting
    4 Apply communication skills within the multidisciplinary team of the perioperative arena to effectively relate knowledge and concepts to peers
    5 Evaluate new innovations and practice strategies within perioperative nursing and apply to own practice setting
    6 Analyse and implement solutions to complex problems within the perioperative speciality
    7 Apply core concepts and principles of perioperative practice across diverse practice settings such as metro, remote, rural and international facilities
    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
    Phillips, N 2017, Berry & Kohn’s Operating Room Technique, (13th Ed), Mosby Elsevier, Sydney

    Readings for each week are set for this course and 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
    Recommended Text:
    • Harley, I & Hore, P 2013, Anaesthesia an Introduction, (5th ed), IP Communication, Melbourne
    • Australian College of Operating Room Nursing (ACORN), 2014-2015, ACORN standards for perioperative nursing, ACORN, Adelaide
    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.

    At 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

    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 (OLC) contact. Lectures and tutorials via the 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.

    It is expected that you will need to invest about 12 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
    Lectures for this Semester will cover the following topics:
    • Legal issues within the perioperative environment
    • Professional roles within the perioperative environment
    • Communication in the perioperative environment
    • Professional concerns for perioperative nurses
    • Environmental concerns within the perioperative environment
    • Asepsis and infection control
    • Safety within the perioperative environment
    • Design consideration of the perioperative environment
    • Special patient populations
    • Care across the continuum
    • Principles of cleaning and decontamination
    • Innovation and research directions in perioperative nursing
    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 OLC.  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
    Vark Analysis Essay Formative - 250 words 0% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
    Discussion Board - Group Task Summative - 375 words equivilent per student 10%  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
    Discussion Board - Individual Tasks Summative - 1125 words 30%  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
    Aid Scenario Group Presentation Summative - 1500 words equivilent per student 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
    Aid Scenario Personal Reflective Essay Summative - 750 words 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
    Assessment Detail
    VARK Learning Analysis Essay
    Students will consider their discovered learning style in regard to an article by Hummel and compare to their experiences in learning and teaching so far within your career.

    Discussion Board Tasks
    Allow student to explore in-depth varied activities throughout semester, which relate to weekly lectures and engage reflective practice and critical thinking.

    Aid Scenario Group Project
    Allows the students to discuss and formulate a plan based on the given scenario that engages their critical thinking. They will need to collaborate their combined knowledge to problem solve the situation as a team, determining roles and communicating effectively for a successful outcome. Engages students to explore international issues and how their knowledge can be applied to complex issues outside our normal parameters.

    Aid Scenario Personal Reflection
    Engages critical thinking skill as student reflect on their experiences and discoveries while completeing the Aid Scenario, as well their role within the team and the overall functioning of the team to achieve a successful outcome and plan.
    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.

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

    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.
  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.


    The evaluation of learning and teaching processes and practices is essential to enable the School and individual teaching staff to continue to improve student learning outcomes, with an emphasis on student centred learning. While Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) is only one source of information used to evaluate learning and teaching effectiveness, we consider your responses to be very valuable in the continued development of our programs.
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