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
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Janet Delange (Berwick), Ms Robyn Fairhall (Peninsula), Ms Loretta Garvey (Clayton)


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


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should 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 the 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 (2,000 words) (30%)
Examination (60%)
Quizzes (10%)
Clinical placement (Pass / Fail)
Clinical skills examination (Pass / Fail)
Medication mastery hurdle (100%)

Workload requirements


  • six (6) hours per week


  • 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).

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Chief examiner(s)

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Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 4514.