NURSING 7144 - Advanced Orthopaedic Nursing Practice II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course aims to further develop those skills required to function as an advanced Orthopaedic nurse. Specifically the skills and theoretical knowledge required to apply/manage effective traction, splinting and/or immobilise a limb post-injury. This is presented in a theoretical format and via a two-day workshop on campus. This course will also focus on spinal disorders and the knowledge required for the rehabilitation of the spinal and the general orthopaedic patient.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7144
    Course Advanced Orthopaedic Nursing Practice II
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Two day workshop on-campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites NURSING 7142
    Restrictions Available to M.NurSc and G.DipNurSc students only
    Biennial Course Offered in even years
    Assessment Online quiz, essay, clinical diary
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Paul McLiesh

    Course Coordinator: Paul McLiesh
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6286
    Location: AHMS, Adelaide Nursing School, The University of Adelaide

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Course Timetable

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

    Course not offerred in 2017
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Debate the theoretical basis that supports orthopaedic nursing practice that is based on best available evidence
    2 Discuss contemporary issues that impact orthopaedic nursing both relevant to clinical practice and to the specialty
    3 Identify and utilise evidence based practice and knowledge that advances nursing skills and encourages the critical examination of nursing practices in orthopaedics
    4 Plan and deliver effective care for the orthopaedic patient at an advanced level
    5 Critique existing practice and implement changes to improve service delivery that is delivered in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team.
    6 Demonstrate leadership and mentorship in orthopaedic nursing.
    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
    This course will require the following texts and other resources:
    1. Dandy, DJ & Edwards, DJ 2009, Essential Orthopaedics and Trauma, 5 edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Edinburgh.
    2. Thompson, J 2010, Netter’s Concise Orthopaedic Anatomy, 2 edn, Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia.
    Recommended Resources
    McRae, R & Esser, M 2008, Practical fracture treatment, 5th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

    Solomon, L 2005, Apley’s Concise System of Orthopaedics and Fractures, 3rd edn, Hodder Arnold, London

    Note: You are not required to buy recommended texts. However, they provide valuable supplementary reading on various aspects of the material covered within this course and you are encouraged to have a look at them.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered online and mirrors the weekly topics in the other semester 1 course: Therapeutic Management of the Orthopaedic Patient 7143.
    There is a compulsory 2 day face to face workshop however. You will need to be in Adelaide for this workshop. It is generally held the Monday & Tuesday of week 4 of the semester.
    The sessions normally start around 0830 and finish by 1630. The coordinator will provide a timetable of the sessions closer to the time.

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

    While all students work at a different pace it is expected that study for this course will be approximately 10 hours per week of your time. This is a rough guide and may vary for students who have not studied recently
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course content will include the following:
    • Orthopaedic Paediatrics
    • Metabolic Disorders. Arthritis
    • Confusion: Dementia & Delirium/ Ageing
    • Diabetes. Nutrition.
    • Wound healing. Pressure area care
    • Pain management. Pharmacology
    • Infections
    • Drug & Alcohol
    • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    • Tumour. Palliation
  • 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
    Online Quiz Formative 0%
    Online Quiz Summative 30% 1-3
    Evidence Based Practice Essay Summative 70% 2, 3, 5, 6
    Assessment Detail
    Due Date: Weekly: Monday (before the OC session)
    Weighting: 30%
    Length: 1,250 words equivalent.
    Weekly on-line quizzes are a means of reviewing the weekly topics. The quiz that matches the on line classroom (OC) topic or is relevant to that week should be completed by the Monday of that week.
    By completing the quizzes you will be reviewing the required information for each topic and this will assist you in gaining the most from this course.
    This will ensure you have reviewed the appropriate topic before the OC session. This will assist all students in being able to fully participate in the classroom sessions.

    Due Date: ~Week 11
    Weighting: 70%
    Length: 2,500 words
    Select a procedure from your ward procedure manual, which is predominantly associated with the care of the orthopaedic patient and reflects your readings from this semester. (If you are unsure of a topic ask your course coordinator or clinical titleholder). Review the literature and find research articles reviewing this practice, consider the question: Does the literature support the current practice? (It is suggested you use five articles).
    In an essay of 2500 words review the procedure based on the research and make recommendations for changes to the procedure. Or you may simply document support for this practice if it is supported by your readings. Your essay should also include a draft of your recommended changes to the procedure (if current practice is not supported by the literature).
    Your review should then be presented (discussed) in a ward tutorial to gain feedback from your colleagues and peers. This feedback should be included in the summary of your paper.
    A copy of the procedure along with the articles used must be handed up with the assignment. You should also include evidence that this has been presented to your colleagues.
    Assessment 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

    An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file. If submitting a PowerPoint presentation for marking, the .ppt or .pptx must be submitted as .pdf file. It is also important to submit your file under your name, such as surname.firstname. MyUni stamps all the other details against your filename once you submit your assessment.

    Turnitin is used to submit all assignments in this course. Turnitin is a plagiarism software tool that enables the student to identify any matching text before final submission.

    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
    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.

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    This course has consistently received a high level of positive SELT feedback- it was not offered in 2016 but in previous years the
    delivery and content has been refined in response to student feedback through SELTs and informal feedback.

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