Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Julia Morphet (Peninsula campus)


The emergency nurse requires a diverse knowledge and skill base to appropriately and effectively assess and manage patients in the emergency department. This unit will enable the student to develop proficiency in the emergency management of respiratory, cardiac, renal and mental health emergencies, and shock. The principles of ventilation and triage will be evaluated. The unit also encompasses the development of skills which will enable the student to provide support for patient's families and significant others in the emergency department.


On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Describe, implement and evaluate assessment of the emergency patient through the primary and secondary survey approach.
  2. Plan and implement appropriate, age specific, culturally relevant, therapeutic interventions for clients/patients experiencing cardiovascular and respiratory health emergency.
  3. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in caring for the emergency patient, their families and members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles used to manage a medical emergency crisis in all age groups within an emergency department.
  5. Identify the needs of the patient's family and significant others in the emergency department and plan appropriate nursing interventions to address these needs.
  6. Explore and evaluate the clinical application of nursing research and theoretical literature to selected problems related to the above groups in emergency care.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of Australasian Triage Scale.


Students must be working in an emergency department a minimum of 3 days / week


Clinical Performance Appraisal (Pass / Fail)
Examination (60%) (Hurdle)
Assignment (40%)
Clinical Hurdles (Pass / Fail)

Students must achieve a pass in the final examination, Clinical Performance Appraisal and Clinical Hurdles to achieve a pass in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study