NURSING 7154 - Emergency Nursing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course introduces the emergency nurse to the provision of care to those patients presenting to the emergency department. The concepts of patient assessment, care delivery and ongoing management of the emergency department patient priorities will be explored. The content will be primarily oriented toward the adult patient. Reference to physiological changes throughout the age span including neonates, infants, paediatrics and geriatrics will be made when appropriate, and reference will be made to the approaches to clinical management and care delivery. There will be practical clinical workshops in assessment and skills that build on the theory taught with greater small group focus and Nursing / Medical professional input through specialty guest presenters.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7154
    Course Emergency Nursing
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites NURSING 7031
    Restrictions Available to MNSc and GradDipMNSc students only
    Course Description This course introduces the emergency nurse to the provision of care to those patients presenting to the emergency department. The concepts of patient assessment, care delivery and ongoing management of the emergency department patient priorities will be explored. The content will be primarily oriented toward the adult patient. Reference to physiological changes throughout the age span including neonates, infants, paediatrics and geriatrics will be made when appropriate, and reference will be made to the approaches to clinical management and care delivery. There will be practical clinical workshops in assessment and skills that build on the theory taught with greater small group focus and Nursing / Medical professional input through specialty guest presenters.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Iain Everett

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:


    1.  Demonstrate the provision of patient focussed culturally competent and integrated holistic care across a range of emergency department patient presentations.


    2.  Integrate advanced theoretical and clinical knowledge required for the coordination of care delivery across throughout the emergency department environment.


    3.  Actively, assertively implement and/or coordinate appropriate advanced emergency assessment and emergency care as a member and/or leader of the multidisciplinary care team.


    4.  Identify and articulate the clinical concepts that make emergency nursing unique.


    5.  Evaluate care with consideration given to revision of the care plan in response to the observed or measured alterations in the patient’s physiological/ psychological/ emotional status.


    6.  Integrate advanced theoretical and clinical knowledge in order to undertake assessment and implement nursing care for specific patient presentations with consideration to ethical and legal constraints– for example: violent crime, sexual assault, drug and alcohol, mental health presentations and child protection.


    7.  Select and perform with confidence and competence the necessary clinical skills required for specific emergency patient presentations or emergency situations.


    8.  Appraise, select and utilise health care and information technologies to ensure the delivery of advanced emergency assessment, emergency care delivery and communication throughout the health care setting.


    9.  Evaluate the current clinical issues in emergency nursing and consider the implications for the local, national and international context.
    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.

    2, 4, 5 & 6

    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.

    1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9

    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.

    3, 7, 8 & 9

    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.

    3, 5, 7, & 9

    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, 5, & 9

    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, 2, 3, 4 & 9

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    2, 4, 5, 6 & 8

    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.

    3, 4, 6, 7 & 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Most of the teaching is done through CANVAS with readings for each week, web based resources available online. Students are encouraged to access the prescribed text books that are pertinent to the course. Access to our ANS librarian who will help students with Literature searches and accessing resources through the library.
    Recommended Resources
    Most of the teaching is done through CANVAS with readings for each week, web based resources available online. Students are encouraged to access the prescribed text books that are pertinent to the course. Access to our ANS librarian who will help students with Literature searches and accessing resources through the library.

    Prescribed Texts:

    Curtis, K, & Ramsden, C 2019, Emergency and Trauma Care for nurses and paramedics, 3rd Edition, Elsevier, Sydney.

    Talley, NJ & O’Connor, S 2018, Clinical examination: a systematic guide to physical diagnosis, 8th edition, Churchill/Livingstone, Elsevier, Sydney.
    https://www-clinicalkey-com-au.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/#!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C20160048362

    Marieb, EN & Hoehn, K 2016, Human anatomy and physiology, 10th edition, Pearson International, US.
    Online Learning
    MyUni and the platform CANVAS are integral to the course – Recorded face to face lectures through ECHO 360, Readings, reflective activities, Communication with students. Online resources – texts as well as web links, Professional organisations web pages and the ABS and State and Federal health departments and the Health Info-net for Indigenous web links.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face to face lectures / presentations most weeks with an interesting mix of industry health experts that present regularly. Detailed information is provided on MyUni (Canvas) for this course. 

    Some of the content - presentations / lectures usually have a theoretical component supported by their readings and reflective activities and then further enhanced by case based discussions, tutorials & short workshops.

    The assessments are geared for the student to critically assess the topic in light of recent evidence based practice and the research behind that. Content is evidenced based with all the readings ebing up to date, recent and relevant.

    International students and those for which English is a second language are encouraged to use the resources of the writing centre for assistance in their course work as well as access to our ANS librarian is off great benefit for our students with literature searches and accessing resources.


    Workload

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

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

    Lectures/ Tutorials
    The student is expected to attend Course lectures once a week - usually a wednesday or Thursday (dependent on Timetabling) from 8:00 am to 1300 at the University of Adelaide AHMS Campus, North Terrace.
    Student participation and discussion will be expected in all sessions.

    Readings
    A reading list has been compiled for this course and will be made available through MyUni. Lecture and readings have been carefully chosen. All of these are required and have been selected to optimise your knowledge on the topic and so that they will continue to be of use after you graduate.

    Clinical Practice and Skills Acquisition
    This course supplements theoretical knowledge with field based learning. Students are required to complete clinical skills and work a minimum of 300 clinical hours in the emergency department during this semester
    It is expected that you will need to invest about 24 hours per week of study to successfully complete this course. This includes study activities, attendance at lectures readings and assessment. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Face to face lectures / presentations most weeks with an interesting mix of industry health experts that present regularly. One example being our presentation and tutorial on Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence. The topic is presented by the SA Sexual Assault unit – Nurse Practitioner – specialist in this area.

    The presentations and lectures usually have a theoretical component supported by their readings and reflective activities and then further enhanced by case based discussions.

    The assessments are geared for the student to critically assess the topic in light of recent evidence based practice and the research behind that. Content is evidenced based with up to date reading that are recent and relevant.

    International students and those for which English is a second language are encouraged to use the resources of the writing centre for assistance in their course work as well as access to our ANS librarian is off great benefit for our students with literature searches and accessing resources.
    Specific Course Requirements
    The student needs to be working in the Emergency Area of practice at least 0.6FTE, have at least 2 to 3 years’ experience in the area and have the support of their Clinical Managers to do the course. This is a both a theoritical and practical course requiring mentoring and support in the clinical area for the development of the students in the acquisition of clinical skills/competencies.  The development of critical thinking is an important aspect as the student is based in a very fluid and high pressure environment. 
  • 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 Task Type Weighting Hurdle Requirement
    Learning Outcome
    Search Strategy and Synopsis Formative

    NGP

    No 1, 5, 6, 8
    Essay/Case Study (2500 words) Summative
    40%
    No 1, 3, 5, 6, 9
    Structure Clinical Assessment Summative NGP - Hurdle Assessment Yes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
    Case Study /Presentation Summative 20% No 2, 5, 6, 7
    Exam Summative 40% No 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Clinical Skills Diary Formative NGP Yes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
    Assessment Detail
    500 word – Synopsis & Search Strategy (Weighting NGP – formative): students will be required to provide their search strategy and synopsis regarding the Essay/Case study they will be producing. This should provide a very brief outline/plan of the pathology, assessment, nursing and medical interventions applied and the evidence to support this. 

    2500 word - Essay/Case Study (40%): Demonstrating an understanding of the emergency presentation – pathophysiology, appropriate assessment/interventions (Nursing & Medical) and critiquing the evidence base for the case or condition and relating it to their own practice context in emergency nursing. PAgilent Consent will be required. 

    Structured Clinical Assessment (NGP – Hurdle assessment): Replicating an emergency patient scenario, the student is assessed on their ability to demonstrate a focussed clinical assessment, that is appropriate and holistic with the resulting interventions being reflective of current evidence based emergency nursing care.

    2000 word equivalent - Poster/presentation (20%):  Presentation to peers/colleagues of the Written case study within their practice context. Providing a brief description on the care given to the patient with conclusions about the evidence base for that care.

    Exam (40%): A combination of MCQ and 2 scenario based long answer questions. Students will be given 4 scenario questions that cover most of the content of the course over the semester to revise before the exam. On the day 2 questions will be chosen for the exam out of the 4 they have revised – they will not know, the question that will be chosen. The MCQ will cover content that is not used in the scenario based questions.

    Clinical Skills Diary (NGP – Hurdle requirement): This is a record kept by the student and their workplace. It includes the Emergency Nursing Standards (College of Emergency Nursing Australasia) that need to be demonstrated by the expert Emergency Nurse. These standards need to be demonstrated at a beginning level for the emergency nursing student. The skills and competencies are demonstrated in some the workshops in the course but predominantly in their practice setting. They can observe and practice these skills and are assessed as competent or proficient by their clinical facilitators or the coordinator after.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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