NURSING 7215 - Neuro Science in Nursing II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Elisa Gardiner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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
8 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
Hickey, JV 2013, Clinical
Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, Lippincott Williams &
Recommended ResourcesWoodward, 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 LearningThsi 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
Traumatic Brain Injury – aetiology and pathology
Traumatic Brain Injury- Patient management, seizures, post traumatic amnesia
Intracranial pressure- hypo/hypertension
Neoplasms of the brain
Aneurysms and vascular abnormalities
Subarachnoid haemorrhage and vasospasm
Neurosurgical procedures and nursing management
Neurosurgical procedures and nursing management
Behaviour and psychological responses to neurological pathologies.
Rehabilitation in neuroscience
Leadership and the future of neuroscience nursing
Specific Course RequirementsWorkshop attendance. One day long workshop
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Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
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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