NURSING 7215 - Neuro Science in Nursing II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course is designed to assist learning and development of advanced practice for nurses working in clinical practice caring for patients with neurological conditions. The course will cover both theory and practice in conditions such as neurological neoplasms, intracerebral bleed, stoke. Other concepts addressed include nursing management, leadership and rehabilitation in this field.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7215
    Course Neuro Science in Nursing II
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites NURSING 7214
    Restrictions This course is restricted to students undertaking the Graduate Diploma or Master of Nursing Science
    Course Description This course is designed to assist learning and development of advanced practice for nurses working in clinical practice caring for patients with neurological conditions. The course will cover both theory and practice in conditions such as neurological neoplasms, intracerebral bleed, stoke. Other concepts addressed include nursing management, leadership and rehabilitation in this field.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Paul McLiesh

    Course Coordinator
    Paul McLiesh

    (08) 8313 6286
    Adelaide Nursing School
    Level 4 AHMS
    University of Adelaide

    Content Expert Elisa Gardiner

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. To explain the aetiology of traumatic brain injury, differentiating between of the pathological processes, nursing management and outcomes.
    2. To explain the nursing management of a patient with intracranial pressure monitoring.
    3. To explain the pathophysiology of primary and metastatic brain tumours, summarise treatment options and nursing management.
    4. To summarise the pathophysiology of aneurysms and other cerebrovascular abnormalities, including surgical and radiological management.
    5. To summarise the pathophysiology of subarachnoid haemorrhage and plan the nursing management of patients experiencing vasospasm.
    6. To analyse and critique current literature regarding neurosurgical procedures and evidence based nursing care and how this impacts on vulnerable people such as indigenous and elderly populations.
    7. To summarise the aetiology and pathophysiology of stroke, treatment options and outcomes and plan nursing care.
    8. To explore behavioural and psychological responses to neurological pathologies.
    9. The evaluate rehabilitation pathways in neurological and neurosurgical patients and summarise the role of other disciplines.
    10. To review and critique the role of Nurse leaders in neuroscience and the future for neuroscience nursing in order to undertake a leadership and development role in this specialty.


    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)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    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
    6, 8, 10
    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
    9, 10
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    ,6, 7, 8, 9
    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

    Hickey, JV 2013, Clinical
    Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, Lippincott Williams &
    Recommended Resources
    Woodward, S & Mestecky, A (eds) 2011, Neuroscience nursing: evidence based practice, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

    Tymiasnski, D, Sarro, A, & Green, T 2012 Navigating Neuroscience Nursing: A Canadian Perspective. Pappin Communications, Pembroke, Ontario.

    Layon AJ, Garielli A & Friedman WA 2013, Textbook of Neurointensive Care, 2nd edn, Springer, London.

    Lindsay KW, Bone I & Fuller G, 2010, Neurology and Neurosurgery Illustrated, 5th edition, Elsevier, London
    Online Learning
    Thsi course is offerred online although there is a one day face to face workshop during semester.

    Students should work through the study guide, accessed via the online learning management system- Canvas.

    There are weekly quizzes to complete as well as weekly recorded lectures
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be delivered through the Blended Learning Mode.
    Lectures will be available on MyUni as Podcasts or PowerPoint presentations and
    optional virtual classroom sessions and an on campus workshop will be held
    during the semester. 

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

    It is expected that the student will need to spend about 24 hours of study a week to successfully complete this course. This includes reading, completing activities, attendance at the workshop and listening to podcasts.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Week 1
    Traumatic Brain Injury – aetiology and pathology
    Week 2
    Traumatic Brain Injury- Patient management, seizures, post traumatic amnesia

    Week 3
    Intracranial pressure- hypo/hypertension

    Week 4
    Neoplasms of the brain

    Week 5
    Aneurysms and vascular abnormalities

    Week 6
    Subarachnoid haemorrhage and vasospasm

    Week 7
    Neurosurgical procedures and nursing management
    Week 8
    Neurosurgical procedures and nursing management
    Week 9

    Week 10
    Behaviour and psychological responses to neurological pathologies.

    Week 11
    Rehabilitation in neuroscience

    Week 12
    Leadership and the future of neuroscience nursing

    Specific Course Requirements
    Workshop attendance. One day long workshop
  • 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




    Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
















    Case Critique








    Literature Review
















    Assessment Detail

    Assessment 1: FORMATIVE

    It is critical to be able to apply your understanding of neuroanatomy as it applies to traumatic brain injuries. This online assessment will demonstrate the student’s understanding and application of these principles.

    Online quiz, requiring a staged completion by the end of week 2. Approximate word count 500 = Non graded.

    Assessment 2: SUMMATIVE

    Weekly quizzes. This online assessment will demonstrate student’s understanding and application of weekly themes as identified in the course program.

    Weekly online portfolio starting after week 3 till for the duration of the course. Approximately 1500 words = 25% Weekly summative submissions following week 3.

    Assessment 3: SUMMATIVE

    Case study and case critique on Traumatic Brain Injury. Focus of this case critique is on; seizure management, Wessex Head Injury Matrix (WHIM) testing and cerebral storming, recognising and responding to clinical neurological deterioration increased Intra Cranial Pressure (ICP). From this case study, the student will be required to analyse and critique the scenario including best practice and current evidence to determine the best practice on the identification and management of cerebral storming. This case study is based on a coroner’s case – de identified.

    Literature review Approximately 2000 words= 25% Due Week 6

    Assessment 4: SUMMATIVE

    Literature Review on ruptured Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA) aneurysm with a sub arachnoid haemorrhage. The focus of this review will be neurosurgical interventions including, cerebral angiogram with securing of aneurysm. Pharmacological and non pharmacological interventions to maintain BP and Cerebral Perfusion Pressure (CPP), fluid and electrolyte management, neurological assessment and risk, identification and management of vasospasm.

    Literature review. Approximately 2500 words = 30% Due Week 10.

    Assessment 5: SUMMATIVE

    Presentation on different aspects of stroke management. Selected topic of stroke management from the emergency admission to rehabilitation or end of life care.

    Presentation = 20% Due week 13.



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    otherwise stated in this study guide, are to be submitted electronically via
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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.

    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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    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.

    This course was not offered in 2017.
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