NURSING 3005 - Nursing in Complex Settings I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course describes the professional and legal issues associated with the role of the Registered Nurse in the perioperative setting. Careful preoperative assessment and patient identification are essential skills within the course. The post operative care phase is examined in respect of pain management, wound and drain care and a focus on the clinical signs and symptoms that suggest a patient condition is deteriorating. Students will need to use contemporary best practice guidelines to support their descriptions of perioperative nursing care across all ages.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 3005
    Course Nursing in Complex Settings I
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description This course describes the professional and legal issues associated with the role of the Registered Nurse in the perioperative setting. Careful preoperative assessment and patient identification are essential skills within the course. The post operative care phase is examined in respect of pain management, wound and drain care and a focus on the clinical signs and symptoms that suggest a patient condition is deteriorating. Students will need to use contemporary best practice guidelines to support their descriptions of perioperative nursing care across all ages.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mrs Jo Perry

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    1.    Identify and describe NMBA competencies that relate to the perioperative environment

    2.    Describe roles and functions of staff in the perioperative environment. Define medico-legal aspects of perioperative nursing practice

    3.    Demonstrate understanding of patient identification and procedure matching

    4.    Identify and practice physical assessment skills required for the perioperative setting.

    5.    Develop comprehensive skills for postoperative assessment and epidural pain management

    6.    Understand and relate anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology to care of patients in the perioperative setting.  

    7.    integrate perioperative considerations for special populations and across the lifespan

    8.    Discharge planning – general admission and postoperative discharge. Distinguish and manage post–operative and other complex wounds

    9.  Discuss general principles for interpreting x-rays and the intra hospital transfer of patients

    10.  Examine  health informatics and systems involving electronic health records (EPAS)

    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. 1,2,3,4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4,5,8,9,10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4,5,6, 7,8,9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2,8,9,9,10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,3,4,5,6, 8,9,10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8, 10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,2,3,6,7,9,10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,3,10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Hamlin, L, Richardson-Tench, M & Davies, M 2009, Perioperative Nursing – an introductory text,
    Elsevier, NSW, Australia.

    Recommended Resources
    Stannard, D & Krenzischek, DA 2012 Perianesthesia Nursing Care – A Bedside Guide for Safe Recovery,
    Jones and Bartlett Learning, Sudbury, MA, USA.

    Online Learning
    Half of the lectures of this course are available online via MyUni as Articulated
    powerpoint presentations. Assessments and other course activities are also
    online. Readings from journals and internet sources are also available online.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Item No.        Item                                                      Weighting

    1                    PBL Attendance

    2                    Drug Calculation Test                           NGP

    3                    Preoperative
                          Assessment of Patient                         30%

    4                    Case Study – Deteriorating Patient       70%




  • 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 in this course will consist of:

    Item No.      Item                                                     Weighting
    1                 PBL Attendance
    2                 Drug Calculation Test                             NGP
    3                 Preoperative Assessment of Patient        30%
    4                 Case Study – Deteriorating Patient          70%
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission
    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. Cover sheets are required for all assignments and can be accessed from the School of Nursing website. Extension of 1 week for submission of assignments can automatically be granted when an online request is submitted. (Please see Study Guide for details) Requests must be made before the due date of the assignment. In principle, all assignments should be submitted by the due date. Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 5% of available marks for each working day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten 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.
    The policy for applying for extensions is outlined in the School Manual and the Study Guides.
    Whenever possible staff will turn around marked assignments within 4 weeks or earlier.
    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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