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 Second 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 advanced emergency nursing unit will enable the student to develop proficiency in the emergency management of abdominal, neurological, endocrine and obstetric emergencies, trauma and burns. The unit will prepare the student to provide an advanced level of care to emergency patients across age groups, and from all socio/ cultural and economic groups.


By completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the disease process behind a medical crisis and explain the rationale for the nursing care provided
  2. Discuss and demonstrate planning and management of the trauma patient based on primary and secondary survey assessment for a range of traumatic injuries
  3. Demonstrate and evaluate independent triage practice based on the Australasian Triage Scale
  4. Identify and evaluate appropriate age specific, socio-culturally relevant, nursing interventions for patients in the above groups
  5. Identify and discuss the application of interpersonal skills in the management of patients, families and significant others who are experiencing grief, loss or what they perceive to be a crisis
  6. Critically evaluate and apply nursing research to selected emergency patient care
  7. Critically evaluate the socio-cultural, legal and ethical issues related to the nursing management of the critically ill client/patient.


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 including self-directed learning.

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

Nursing, Nursing and midwifery