NURSING 7152 - Specialised Perioperative Nursing Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 7152 Course Specialised Perioperative Nursing Practice Coordinating Unit School of Nursing Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Flexible delivery mode Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites NURSING 7145 Restrictions Available to M.NurSc and G.DipNurSc students only Course Description This course provides the clinician with the specialty-focused skills and knowledge to function at an advanced perioperative nurse level within the perioperative environment. The course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired along the patient's perioperative pathway and how these are applied to the numerous subspecialties of surgery and the implications on perioperative nursing practice, specifically the instrument and circulating nurse roles. The course examines and investigates the advanced knowledge and skills required to competently manage these patients. There is a strong focus on the acquisition of skills in the clinical environment. The completion of this course will enable the clinician to function at an advanced clinical level within their specialised area of perioperative nursing.
Course Coordinator: Mrs Jo Perry
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Breast and Endocrine Surgery
Renal and Urological Surgery
ENT, Head and Neck Surgery
Plastic Surgery and thermal injuries
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Describe surgical subspecialty anatomy, pathology and corresponding perioperative variances in patient care.
Investigate a unique patient situation from a perioperative patient journey
Explain how the nursing process applies across all perioperative practice sub-speciality settings
Demonstrate competency in a range of surgical subspecialties
Present a complex surgical procedure from within a surgical subspecialty
Design a surgical plan of care for patients undergoing surgery from 2 sub-specialties
Compare perioperative patient journeys across a variety of surgical sub-specialties
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)
1,2,4 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
5,2 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
6,7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,6,7,4 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
7,2 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
Required ResourcesThis course will require the following texts and other resources:
Rothrock 2018, Alexander’s care of the patient in surgery, 16th edition, Mosby,
Asynchronous online lectures, accessed via Canvas. Articles and readings
accessed via Canvas portal
Recommended ResourcesPerioperative Practice
Australian College of Operating Room Nursing (ACORN), 2017-2018, ACORN standards for perioperative
nursing, ACORN, Adelaide.
Online LearningOnline Lecture Content
The lecture content associated with this course is accessible from within the lecture content section of this course available
via the Canvas website.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered through the following means:
Lecture content will be asynchronous online presentations linked to relevant
electronic resources such as professional documents, websites and e-books.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The student is expected to engage with this course for 12 hours/week
Lecture content - 2 hours
Chat - 1 hour
Assignments - 6 hours
Weekly reading - 3 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Assessment Task Assessment Type (Formative and/or Summative) Percentage of total assessment weighting for grading purposes (Summative Tasks must add up to 100%) Hurdle Requirement (Yes or No) Learning Outcomes being assessed / achieved Case Study Brief Formative 0% 2 Learning Portfolio Summative 40% 1-7 Case Study Summative 40% 2 Wiki Summative 20% 1, 3-7 Clinical Skills Handbook Summative 0% Yes 4
Specific Course RequirementsPurchase of the textbook is required for the associated learning activities which form part of the learning portfolio work.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThere is a "drop in" online chat area for discussing issues and topics throughout the course. The chatroom is open for 1 hour per week. However, students may make submissions to the chatroom asynchronously.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryASSESSMENT 1: LEARNING PORTFOLIO
Due Date: Part A (first specialty) – Week 7
Part B (second specialty) – Week 13
Length: 2,500 words (approx)
ASSESSMENT 2: CASE STUDY BRIEF
Due Date: Week 3
Weighting: 0% (Formative)
Length: 500 words
This assessment is scheduled early in the semester to assist in the planning
and development of the case study, so that students can receive feedback on
your work before handing in their final assignment.
ASSESSMENT 3: CASE STUDY
Due Date: Week 9
Length: 2,500 words
ASSESSMENT 3: WIKI
Due Date: Wiki due: Week 10, Friday 10 October 2014
Length: 1000 word equivalence
ASSESSMENT 5: CLINICAL SKILLS HANDBOOK
Due Date: Week 12
Weighting: NGP / NGF
Length: Not applicable
Assessment Related RequirementsThe Learning Portfolio submissions contain material from the online resources associated with the textbook. Students must purchase the textbook for this course in order to access these materials.
Assessment DetailASSESSMENT 1: LEARNING PORTFOLIO
Students are expected to submit a portfolio of activities. Students must choose
TWO surgical specialties from the 12 weeks within the course. You are
encouraged to plan your work and complete your activity of choice on a weekly
basis. The portfolio is to be submitted in two parts; Part A covering one
chosen surgical specialty, and Part B covering the other chosen surgical
ASSESSMENT 2: CASE STUDY BRIEF
Select a patient you have cared for, relating actual events in which you were
involved and critiquing the clinical events based upon the literature.
Once you have selected the patient:
Identify the relevant part of the patient’s hospital journey, whilst being
careful not to identify the patient or your institution in any way. Provide a
brief paragraph which situates the patient, providing background, identifying
the significance to perioperative nursing and any limitations or boundaries of
your intended work (this is designed to assist in the development of the
introduction for your final case study assignment).
Provide a rough plan (in dot point form) of your case study identifying
headings that demonstrate the logical sequence and structure for your proposed
Outline the key points to be discussed using headings identified above and the
issues to be critiqued (this is designed to assist in the development of the
content of the paper ensuring the patient selection and significant issues are
covered appropriately, and from a variety of perspectives).
Describe the search strategy undertaken to identify preliminary references
including key works and databases used (this is to ensure contemporary and
reliable resources are used).
Provide a reference list containing 5 preliminary references relevant to your
case study which complies with the School of Nursing’s School Academic Manual.
A high academic writing standard is required with key points in text referenced
ASSESSMENT 3: CASE STUDY
Full text journal articles available through electronic databases.
Each student is required to complete a 2,500 word nursing case study of a high
academic standard. Case studies allow clinical episodes and practices to be
articulated and explored. The case study should be about a patient you have
cared for, relating actual events in which you were involved and critiquing
the clinical events based upon the literature. You may write in the first
person to convey actual conversations. Please also ensure patient anonymity is
It will be of more interest for you to explore a case where an event actually
happened rather than a case where everything went perfectly as planned. You can
then analyse what policy or system factors contributed to the event and put
forward strategies for future prevention of repeat events.
Structure of the Case Study
The following areas should be considered:
Introduction to the case and explanation of the reason for selection.
Body of text that covers the following areas:
• present the patient’s story - including clinical
presentation, diagnosis, any relevant history and the pathophysiology of the
• outline of the clinical progress of the patient through
the perioperative environment, including interdisciplinary interventions (with
an emphasis on nursing)
• critique the nursing management of the patient and
interpret the outcomes of interventions, supported with relevant (and
Conclusion that summarises the patient case study.
The patient’s anonymity must be maintained. Always use a pseudonym so that the
patient is not identifiable and state in the case study that this is what you
are doing. Do not include any other information that may potentially identify
the patient including palaces, dates, times or events.
ASSESSMENT 4: WIKI
This Perioperative Practice Wiki must be submitted no later
than the nominated date. If you follow the suggested guidelines then the 1500
word length will be achieved. High academic standard continues to be expected.
The Wiki must be on a clinical procedure covered within this
semester's surgical specialty program. The information must be presented as a
wiki, using the marking guide as outlined below. Therefore students are
expected to follow the guidelines as suggested for advice.
You will be able to edit your own wiki and the wikis of
others, just as in the “real” published Wikipaedia. If you add anything to
anyone else’s wiki, the rules of referencing apply. You cannot add anything
which you do not have justification for.
ASSESSMENT 5: CLINICAL SKILLS HANDBOOK
The assessment of skills will occur over the two academic semesters (Semester
1, Semester 2). Each of the competencies for the course has been given a level
that must be achieved as part of the assessment. Students are required to
complete at least 50% of the competencies for this semester. Which competencies
are completed is dependent upon the clinical rotations of the students.
Students will be assessed by a clinical supervisor / clinical title holder whom
they work with. It is essential that students who do not have exposure to
particular skills, negotiate with the course coordinator with enough time to
arrange for clinical experience to occur. Clinical skills assessment books must
be submitted to the Course Coordinator by the due date in Semester 2.
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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
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