NURSING 3005 - Nursing in Complex Settings (Perioperative)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

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 (Perioperative)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    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
    Prerequisites NURSING 2011
    Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only
    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

    Jo Perry
    +618 8313 2010

    Email contact is best due to this lecturer being part time.

    Adelaide Nursing School
    Level 4, AHMS Building
    University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus
    Phone: +61 8313 3595

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Apply principles of NMBA competencies, code of conduct and National Standards to nursing care in the perioperative environment

    2. Describe the perioperative environment, including roles and functions of staff. 

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

    4. Demonstrate understanding of pre, intra and postoperative patient assessment and nursing interventions, including considerations for special patient populations across the lifespan.

    5. Explore how situational awareness, decision making and effective communication contribute to perioperative outcomes.

    6. Develop knowledge and skills for assessing and caring for a patient with a complex wound, including burns.

    7. Describe principles and nursing considerations for surgical conscience, asepsis and infection control, scrubbing, gowning and gloving.

    8. Explore applications of anaesthetic care, acute pain management, postoperative nausea and vomiting.

    9. Identify nursing assessment points and management for underwater seal drains, surgical drains, venepuncture, pressure injury, fall prevention, patient ID and procedure matching.

    10. Discuss general principles of medico-legal, health informatics, medical imaging and intra hospital transfer of patients.

    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
    Hamlin, L,  Davies, M, Richardson-Tench, M & Sutherland-Fraser, S, 2016, Perioperative Nursing – An Introduction, 2nd Ed
    Elsevier, NSW, Australia.

    Tollefson, J, Hillman, E, 2018 Clinical Psychomotor Skills, 7th Ed. Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Vic.

    Recommended Resources
    Readings as per Lectures and Modules outlined in Canvas
    Online Learning
    Lectures and tutorials for this course are recorded and posted online in Canvas. Assessments and other course activities are also
    online. Readings from journals and internet sources are also available online.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Each week there will be an online lecture and a face to face tutorial session. Attendance is recommended at all sessions in order to optimise learning. Throughout the course are skills sessions which also form part of the assessment. A group presentation on a PBL Case Study is a summative assessment piece of this course.

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

    The student will be expected to spend between 4-6 hours engaging with the activities of this course each week during the semester  on campus. Off campus work will include 3-4 hours of reading as well as viewing online lectures and viewing materials. Preparation of assignments is on top of this time commitment. Students are encouraged to plan well, since this course has a lot of content and requires extensive reading and preparation for sessions.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Module Lecture Content
    1 Course Introduction
    Framing the Perioperative environment/Perioperative Roles
    Preoperative Care
    Preoperative Care across the Lifespan
    Pt ID and Procedure Matching
    Surgical Conscience
    2 Nursing Informatics
    MedicoLegal in Perioperative Care
    Complex Wound Care
    Asepsis & Infection Control
    Under Water Seal Drains & Surgical Drains
    3 Intraoperative Care
    Special Patient Populations (including Mental Health & Aboriginal Health in Periop)
    Perioperative Pressure Care
    Fall Prevention
    Perioperative Communication
    Intrahospital transfer/Discharge Planning
    4 Anaesthetics
    Anaesthetic Agents
    Anaesthetic Emergencies
    Post-Operative Care
    Advanced Acute Pain Relief/PCA/Epidural
    Post Operative Nausea/Vomiting
    * Each module goes over 2 weeks

    Tutorials (face to face activities)

    - Preoperative Assessment Activity
    - Basic Lab Interpretation
    - Medical Imaging modalities and nursing considerations
    - Decision making and situational awareness
    - Landmark medico-legal cases in surgery

    Clinical skill activities

    - Preoperative interview techniques
    - Venipuncture/Labaratory interpretation
    - ANTT/Surgical ANTT/Complex Wound Care
    - Scrubbing, gowning, gloving
    - Anaesthetics and postoperative care
    - Hand hygeine and nursing informatics
    - Situational awareness/special patient populations
    - PACU/Xray/UWSD

    PBL sessions

    - Perioperative Case Studies, incorporating aspects of care across the lifespan and special patient populations.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Clinical placement is complementary to this course, and it is expected that the students will be able to apply knowledge from the theory course to their clinical site.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Problem Based Learning (PBL) occurs in small groups and is based around case scenarios. Participation of all members of the group is essential for the overall success of the group. Students will be expected to use their knowledge to analyse and critically plan care for the patient in each scenario.
  • 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

    Item Number Item Weighting Learning Outcomes
    1 Preoperative H5P activity Formative 1, 2
    2 Drug Calculation Test (HURDLE) NGP/NGF 1
    3 Insulin Administration Quiz NGP/NGF 1,2
    4 Problem Based Learning group work 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    5 Clinical Skills 60% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

    Assessment Related Requirements
    The drug calculation test is a hurdle. That means that this piece of assessment must be passed before the student can pass the course.

    Students will be allocated to groups for skills sessions. Due to limited spacing it is very difficult to change people around between groups. Any switches must be approved by the course coordinator ahead of the session time.
    Assessment Detail
    Formative Assessment – Preoperative Assessment H5P activity

    Drug Calculation Test
    This is a Hurdle requirement of the course and students will be awarded either a Non Graded Pass or Fail for this aspect of the course.

    Insulin Administration Quiz
    Meeting the requirments of the Insulin administration session and quiz will enable the student to admininster insulin within their appropriate scope of practice on clinical placement.

    Practical Skills Worksheets/Quiz
    Each Skills session has a worksheet/quiz to complete and submit by the following week to capture the main points of learning attained.

    PBL Case Study Group Project
    In small groups you will work through an assigned case study and prepare a report/presentation for your peers as a group.

    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. 

    To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form prior to the assessment deadline. 

    See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy
    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.

    The final grade for this course will be a culmination of all activities.

    Each skill module is worth 15%. A student must participate in the skills session in order to be able to submit the accompanying summative work for assessment grading. If a student does not participate in the skills session, yet submits the worksheet/quiz, they will not receive credit in points for it, they will be awarded a zero for that session.

    Grading of written work will be guided by a rubric which students will have access to prior to submitting their assignment. Review of the originality report prior to submission is also highly recommended.

    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 ( 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.

    2020 saw more lectures being online, with successful viewing by students according to their schedule. This will continue in 2021, with set posting times of content, so that students can regulate their viewing schedule.

    Skills sessions worked best in 2019 when there was interation and "hands on" activity. This will continue with suggested refinements in 2021. In 2020, skills which could be stepped through online were utilised with students giving positive feedback about the activities. The online activities will form the basis of the summative skills assessments.

    In 2019, students liked the smaller group work in the skills sessions, and also enjoyed having the opportunity to feedback in a timely fashion as to positive and negative aspects of the course. A survey monkey for contemporaneous skills feedback will be utilisd again.

    Positive feedback included the use of the Intellilearn software for the drug calculation test, and this process has been refined.

    PBL was a popular aspect of this course, and will be restructured for volume and delivery reasons in 2021 to be a small group activity where students present their PBL case back to their peers.

    The exam was a source of great stress for students, and the exam has been replaced by smaller quizzes within the skills assessment of the course.
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