NURSING 7152 - Specialised Perioperative Nursing Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 7152 Course Specialised Perioperative Nursing Practice Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School 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 Assumed Knowledge Context of perioperative environment is known to student. Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science or Master of Nursing Science 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.
Schedule Topic 1 General Surgery 2 Breast and Endocrine Surgery 3 Gynaecological/Obstetric Surgery 4 Renal and Urological Surgery 5 ENT, Head and Neck Surgery 6 Ophthalmological Surgery 7 Orthopaedic Surgery 8 Vascular Surgery 9 Cardiothoracic Surgery 10 Neurological Surgery 11 Plastic Surgery and thermal injuries 12 Oromaxillofacial surgery
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Describe surgical subspecialty anatomy, pathology and corresponding perioperative variances in patient care. 2 Investigate a unique patient situation from a perioperative patient journey 3 Explain how the nursing process applies across all perioperative practice sub-speciality settings 4 Present a complex surgical procedure from within a surgical subspecialty 5 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
2, 3, 5
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1, 2, 3, 5
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
1, 3, 5
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
2, 3, 4,5
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThis course will require the following texts and other resources:
No prescribed texts.
Asynchronous online lectures, accessed via Canvas. Articles and readings accessed via Canvas reading list (University Library links)
Recommended ResourcesPerioperative Practice
Australian College of Operating Room Nursing (ACORN), 2020, 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
Assignments - 4-6 hours
Weekly reading - 4-6 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Case Study Brief Formative 0% 1, 2, 3, 5 Case Study Summative 60% 1, 2, 3, 5 Wiki Summative 40% 1, 3, 4
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Assessment SummaryAssessment 1: Case Study Brief
Due Date: Week 3
Weighting: 0% (Formative)
Length: 250 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 2: Case Study
Due Date: Week 9
Length: 2,000 words
Assessment 3: WIKI
Due Date: Wiki due: Week 10, Friday 10 October 2014
Length: 1500 word equivalence
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: 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 paper.
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 appropriately.
Assessment 2: Case Study
Each student is required to complete a 2,000 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 maintained.
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 3: 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.
SubmissionMarking Rubrics are available in the Study Guide.
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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