Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick First semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Noelleen Kiprillis (Berwick), Robyn Fairhall (Peninsula)


This unit introduces concepts of medical and surgical nursing and pharmacology, across the lifespan. A case based approach is used to facilitate the integration and application of pharmacological principles and associated drug groups underpinned by human pathophysiology related to the body system under review. Systems studied include respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, renal and endocrine. The topics of pain management, wound assessment and clinical assessment skills introduced in year one will be further developed as each system is studied. Clinical simulation exercises will be utilised in laboratory sessions to develop and enhance the acquisition of clinical skills. The clinical practicum component provides opportunities to develop competency to a year two (2) level in a range of skills learnt in the simulated laboratory environment


On completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiological changes associated with respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, renal and endocrine dysfunction, and their application to the nursing care of patients in practice settings;
  2. describe underpinning principles of pharmacology, therapeutic drug administration and monitoring as they relate to the patient;
  3. list / describe possible implications associated with drug administration, including drug interactions and side effects in the use of drugs across the life-span;
  4. describe the legal and professional nursing requirements associated with the safe use of medications including administration, storage and handling;
  5. assess, plan, implement and evaluate culturally relevant and age specific nursing interventions for patients requiring medical and/or surgical care;
  6. identify ethical issues relevant to the nursing care of patients requiring medical and/or surgical care;
  7. demonstrate safe clinical practice in an acute and/or primary care setting based on the integration of theoretical principles and practical skills;
  8. provide person-centred care according to relevant nursing care principles for patients, under the direct supervision of registered nursing staff and the clinical teacher; and,
  9. reflect and evaluate self-performance related to knowledge, skills and nursing care delivered.


Clinical Placement four (4) weeks (160 hours)


Case study (2000 words) 30%
Examination 60%
Quizzes 10%
Clinical placement Pass/Fail
Clinical skills examination Pass/Fail
Medication mastery hurdle 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Lectures six (6 ) hours per week, Tutorials two (2) hours per fortnight, Clinical laboratories two (2) hours per week, Guided learning activities one (1) hour per week,. Students must attend 100% of all scheduled laboratories, unless a medical certificate is provided . Four (4) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week, 160 hours in total)
This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must have passed BMA1912, BMS1902, BMA1902, NUR1203 or NUR1102


Only available to students enrolled in: 0727 Bachelor of Nursing or 3436 Bachelor of Nursing (Psychological Studies) or 3562 Bachelor of Midwifery
3892 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or 4506 Bachelor of Nursing (Community Health) or
4514 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery