NURSING 7116 - Concepts Anaesthetics & Recovery Nursing Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Within this course, students examine & 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 & 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 School of Nursing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Flexible delivery mode
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Course Description Within this course, students examine & 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 & 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 Liz Kraft

    Course Coordinator: Liz Kraft
    Phone: +61 8 8222 5525
    Email: elizabeth.kraft@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 Discuss how the topics considered, impact onto patient care, either directly or indirectly, on a daily basis
    2 Integrate new knowledge into daily clinical practice
    3 locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesis information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner
    4 Apply effective communication skills with multidisciplinary team members
    5 Evaluate new innovations and practice strategies within perioperative nursing
    6 Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others
    7 Analyse and implement solutions to complex problems within clinical speciality
    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, 6, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 6, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 4, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6-7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Texts
    No set texts. Readings for each week are set as articles in the reader.

    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.
    Recommended Resources
    Hamlin, L., Richardson-Tench, M. & Davies, M. 2009. Perioperative Nursing – An introductory text, 1st Ed., Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW

    Electronic version (Ebook) available

    Australian College of Operating Room Nursing (ACORN), 2012-2013, ACORN standards for perioperative nursing, ACORN, Adelaide
    Online Learning
    Online Lecture Content
    The lecture content associated with this course is accessible from within the MyUni website.

    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, via MyUni.  Lecture content will be self-running online presentations linked to relevant electronic resources such as professional documents, websites and e-books.Online classroom contact will be via MyUni discussion boards and blogs to debate the content for the module 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.

    Weekly recorded lectures/tutorials will be available within MyUni in addition with, self-directed reading and learning.

    It is expected that you will need to invest about12 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
    Week Topic
    Week 1 Legal issues within the perioperative environment
    Week 2 Professional roles within the perioperative environment
    Week 3 Communication in the perioperative environment
    Week 4 Professional concerns for perioperative nurses
    Week 5 Environmental concerns within the perioperative environment
    Week 6 Asepsis and infection control
    Week 7 Safety within the perioperative environment
    Week 8 Design consideration of the perioperative environment
    Week 9 Special patient populations
    Week 10 Care across the continuum
    Week 11 Principles of cleaning and decontamination
    Week 12 Innovation and research directions in perioperative nursing
    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 for about $25)
  • 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
    Essay outline Formative 0%
    (500 words)
    1,2,3
    Discussion Board A
    (weeks 1 - 6)
    Summative 25%
    (1000 words - 200 words each entry)
    1-7
    Discussion Board B
    (weeks 7 - 12)
    Summative 25% (1000 words - 200 words each entry) 1-7
    Essay Summative 50% (1800 words) 1-7
    Assessment Detail
    Essay outline- (500 words)
    Over the 12 weeks of the semester, students will find topics covered that can either directly or indirectly impact onto our daily practices as an anaesthetic and recovery nurse.  In the Essay outline students are to choose a topic and briefly write an outline for the essay 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

    Essay – (1800 words)
    Developing on from the students essay outline students will discuss their topic of choice in terms of how it impact on the patients that are care for within  the perioperative environment.  Discussion should be structure around identifying problems encountered as well as possible solution or process which could be implemented.  

    Discussion Board Part A & B (1000 words for both part A  & part B) (200 words for each Discussion Board entry)
    Within the MyUni course, students will find the Discussion Board.  Each week has a discussion topic that needs to be discussed and debated.  Question and issues for reflection and analysis are included with each week’s guideline.  Each student must provide their thoughts on these discussion topics.  All thoughts must be supported by relevant literature.Participation and conversation amongst students is encouraged, however students must include one formal discussion board entry for each week via MyUni that is referenced.
    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). 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: changing just a few words does not constitute paraphrasing.

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

  • 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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.

    eSELTs

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