NURSING 7147 - Concepts of Perioperative Nursing Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Within this course, students will examine and debate key concepts of perioperative nursing practice that are essential for safe and effective patient outcomes. Whilst these topics are not the 'essential' knowledge and skills of clinical practice, and 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 7147
    Course Concepts of Perioperative Nursing Practice
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Flexible delivery mode
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Assessment Essay and discussion boards
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mrs Jo Perry

    Course Coordinator: Jo Perry
    Phone: +61 8 8313 2010
    Location: School of Nursing, University of Adelaide

    Tutor: Liz Kraft
    Phone: +61 8 8222 5525
    Location: Level 3, Eleanor Harrald Building, Royal Adelaide Hospital

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Location: Level 3, Eleanor Harrald Building, Royal Adelaide Hospital
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Examine the core tenets of perioperative nursing practice
    2 Compare and contrast perioperative practice across domestic and international regions
    3 Investigate core issues of working in the perioperative environment
    4 Appraise current practice within a collaborative dialogue with other students
    5 Analyse a critical issue of perioperative nursing
    6 Evaluate new innovations and practice strategies within perioperative nursing
    7 Integrate new knowledge into daily clinical practice
    8 Express and apply core tenets of perioperative practice to a wide range of stakeholders
    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. 1-2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3-5, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4-5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 4, 6, 7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 4, 7, 8
    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, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No set texts. Readings for each week are set as articles in the 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
    All students enrolled in a postgraduate coursework nursing program have access to the School of Nursing – Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni. If you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the Communication features in the site. This site will also feature information about the latest news and events at the School of Nursing.

    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
    Help for Nursing Students
    The University of Adelaide Library has a website to help nursing students use the library and its resource (

    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
    Online Lecture Content
    The lecture content associated with this course is accessible from within the lecture content section of this course available via the MyUni website.

    Please note that the required lecture content for this course will be made available within MyUni. Each week’s sessions are designed to go ‘live’ on the Friday immediately prior to the academic week (i.e. if the week starts on Monday 7 March 2011, then that week’s content will be available from Friday 4
    March 2011).

    Please listen to the content as presented and look at the associated handouts and websites to develop your own notes for this course. You are strongly advised to complete all preparatory requirements prior to attempting any assessments associated with this course.

    Please remember to be selective in your learning. For example, it is better to spend more time learning about the information that you don’t fully understand rather than what you know extremely well.

    Virtual Classroom
    Virtual Classroom contact will be to discuss the content for the module and to discuss how students would apply the knowledge into their clinical practice setting.

    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
    The course looks at topics that impact on patient care, either directly or indirectly, whilst the patient is within the perioperative environment.

    The 12 modules (each lasting 1 week) covers the following content:

    1. Legal issues within the perioperative environment
    2. Professional roles within the perioperative environment
    3. Communication within the perioperative environment
    4. Professional concerns for perioperative nurses
    5. Environmental concerns within the perioperative environment
    6. Asepsis and infection control
    7. Safety within the perioperative environment
    8. Design considerations of the perioperative environment
    9. Special patient populations within the perioperative environment
    10. Care of the patient across the age continuum
    11. Principles of cleaning and decontamination
    12. Innovations and research directions in perioperative nursing
  • 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
    Proposal for essay Formative 0% 1, 3, 5
    Essay Summative 50% 1, 3, 5
    Discussion Board – Part A Summative 25% 1-8
    Discussion Board – Part B Summative 25% 1-8
    Assessment Detail
    Essay (2000 words) 50%
    Students will complete an essay looking at one of the modules and comment on how the knowledge from the module is incorporated into their daily clinical practice.

    Discussion Boards Part A & B (2400 words equivalence) 50%
    Each week will present students with several clinical questions based upon the topic for the module. Students will need to respond to a question and suggest approaches to the situation using their own clinical practice and resources available to them. They are also required to interact with the responses of their peer classmates. The discussion boards are handed up in 2 parts during the course.
    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.

    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
    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 (

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

  • Student Feedback

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