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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)TBA (Berwick), Ms Ainsley James (Gippsland), Mr Nadim Radim (Peninsula)


This unit explores the integration and application of pharmacological principles and associated drug groups underpinned by human pathophysiology related to the body system under review. The interrelationship and symptom specific of the following systems, neurological, musculoskeletal, renal, vascular and haematological and gender issues related to health are studied. Pain management and wound integrity studied in NUR2002 - Nursing practice in Context 1, are explored at an increasing complex level. The clinical practicum component of this unit provides the student the opportunity 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 gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, renal, vascular and hematological dysfunction and gender issues, and their application to the nursing care of clients in medical/surgical settings;
  2. demonstrate the basic principles of pharmacology, therapeutic drug administration and monitoring as they relate to nursing practice;
  3. analyse the problems associated with drug administration, including drug interactions and the use of drugs across the life-span;
  4. understand the nursing application of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative techniques associated with caring for a client with a body system health breakdown;
  5. plan culturally relevant and age specific nursing interventions for acutely ill clients across the lifespan;
  6. identify and apply appropriate evidence based nursing interventions when caring for clients with compromised wound integrity, and pain management;
  7. critically discuss ethical issues relevant to the nursing care of clients with an alteration in health status;
  8. demonstrate safe, evidenced based 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. evaluate self-performance in terms of the delivery of quality nursing care.


Clinical placement: 2 weeks (80 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 can be provided - refer to school's clinical policy for details.

Workload requirements

  • Five
  • hours lectures per week supported by two
  • hours laboratory, one
    1. hour of tutorial with two
    2. hours of online guided learning activities per week.
  • Two (2) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week) and,
  • Private study over the 12 week semester - a total of 312 hours.

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Chief examiner(s)

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



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