Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Ainsley Jamesand Mr Md. Nadim Rahman (Peninsula)


This unit introduces the concepts of medical and surgical nursing across the lifespan along with an introduction to pharmacology. 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 and endocrine. Pain management and wound assessment and integrity, introduced in first year, are explored at an increasingly complex level. 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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the pathophysiological changes associated with respiratory, cardiovascular and endocrine dysfunction, and their application to the nursing care of clients in medical/surgical settings;
  2. discuss the basic principles of pharmacology, therapeutic drug administration and monitoring as they relate to nursing;
  3. analyse the problems associated with drug administration, including drug interactions and the use of drugs across the life-span;
  4. describe the legal and professional nursing requirements associated with quality use of medications including safe drug administration, storage and handling;
  5. identify and apply appropriate evidence based nursing interventions when caring for clients with compromised wound integrity, and pain management;
  6. begin to develop the ability to plan culturally relevant and age specific nursing interventions for acutely ill clients;
  7. identify ethical issues relevant to the nursing care of clients with an alteration in health status;
  8. demonstrate safe clinical practice in an acute care setting based on the integration of theoretical principles and practical skills;
  9. provide person centred care according to relevant nursing care principles, to clients under the supervision of registered nursing staff and the clinical teacher;
  10. conduct and document comprehensive assessments of the needs of clients utilising an appropriate assessment tool; and
  11. begin to evaluate self-performance in terms of the delivery of quality nursing care.


Clinical placement: 3 weeks (120 hours).


Examination (60%)
Case study (30%)
Quizzes (10%)

Skill assessment: Pass / Fail Clinical placement assessment, 100% mastery Calculation hurdle. Students must achieve a pass in the examination,the skill assessment and the clinical placement to pass the unit. Students must attend 100% of all scheduled laboratories, unless a medical certificate is provided - refer to school's clinical policy for details.

Workload requirements

Five (5) hours lectures per week supported by 2 hours laboratory, 1 hour of tutorial with two (2) hours of online guided learning activities per week plus three (3) weeks of clinical placement at five(5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week).

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



Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic), Bachelor of Nursing Practice, Bachelor of Nursing Practice/Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing Community Health.