NURSING 1110NA - Health Assessment and Complex Care I

Ngee Ann Academy - Semester 1 - 2015

Health Assessment and Complex care 1 & 2 will enable students to build on their existing knowledge and skills to develop advanced clinical reasoning and problem solving skills. There is no prerequisite requirement for these courses. The topics for assessment have been based on the most common causes of mortality and morbidity as reported by the Singapore Ministry of Health in their statistics. Students will be asked to consider a complex patient scenario based on their own practice setting. The skills required for advanced comprehensive physical, mental, behavioural and psychosocial assessment as well as the advanced pathophysiology and pharmacological issues will be explored and practiced in this course. Students will have opportunities to present and discuss their own cases with other students in the tutorials. It is anticipated that students will learn not only from their own cases but also from those presented by the other students. In presenting their case studies the students will further develop their own teaching skills. The curriculum includes the following content specified by the Singapore Nursing Board curriculum requirements: Health and Physical assessment, Teaching and Learning, Pathophysiology, Applied Pharmacology, and Behavioural Sciences and Sociology.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 1110NA
    Course Health Assessment and Complex Care I
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to B Nurs (Post Registration) students in Singapore only
    Course Description Health Assessment and Complex care 1 & 2 will enable students to build on their existing knowledge and skills to develop advanced clinical reasoning and problem solving skills. There is no prerequisite requirement for these courses.
    The topics for assessment have been based on the most common causes of mortality and morbidity as reported by the Singapore Ministry of Health in their statistics. Students will be asked to consider a complex patient scenario based on their own practice setting. The skills required for advanced comprehensive physical, mental, behavioural and psychosocial assessment as well as the advanced pathophysiology and pharmacological issues will be explored and practiced in this course. Students will have opportunities to present and discuss their own cases with other students in the tutorials. It is anticipated that students will learn not only from their own cases but also from those presented by the other students. In presenting their case studies the students will further develop their own teaching skills.

    The curriculum includes the following content specified by the Singapore Nursing Board curriculum requirements: Health and Physical assessment, Teaching and Learning, Pathophysiology, Applied Pharmacology, and Behavioural Sciences and Sociology.
    Course Staff
    Course Coordinator: Paul McLiesh
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6286
    Email: paul.mcliesh@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships and communication skills and practice with a holistic approach to integration of knowledge, organisation and management of care
    2 Evaluate common complex problems that may be seen in the clinical setting
    3 Demonstrate advanced skills of health assessment and distinguish normal from abnormal assessment findings
    4 Document a comprehensive physical, mental and psychosocial assessment, accurately describing the findings and move inductively from specific physical findings to a more general description of the patient’s condition
    5 Identify behavioural issues relating to the chosen case and understand the implications these have for nursing practice in terms of patient education, counselling and patient care.
    6 Integrate the information gained from the comprehensive patient assessment with an understanding of the pathophysiology of complex cases to problem solve in clinical practice.
    7 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the drugs that may be used in the management of complex disease states seen in their own practice setting. In particular the pharmacokinetics, interactions and issues such as poly-pharmacy.
    8 Communicate the pathophysiological and pharmacological implications of the complex case succinctly and accurately to multidisciplinary members of the healthcare team
    9 Identify and address specific patient education requirements related to the complex case
    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. 1-9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 5, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 4, 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed Texts
    Jarvis, C 2008, Physical examination and health assessment, 5th edn, Saunders, St Louis. (Includes Student Laboratory Manual)
    A later version of this text is available (Javis 2011). If you are able to access a copy of that edition you will need to search for the relevant readings for each week as needed.

    McCance, L , Huether, S, Brashers, V, & Rote N, 2010 (eds) Pathophysiology The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children, 6th Ed, Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia,
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    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.

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    Submission

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    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.

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