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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Sonia Allen


This unit addresses the need for rural nurses to be formally prepared for an expanded practice role. Unit content has been selected on the basis of health situations commonly encountered in rural nursing practice and identified in the literature by Australian rural nurses as learning priorities. This unit will develop the students' ability to respond appropriately to medical, obstetric, traumatic, farming and industrial, environmental or psychosocial health crises in the context of rural and remote practice. Students will refine knowledge and skills pertinent to effectively triage, manage, refer, transfer, and where appropriate, resuscitate and stabilise clients.


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

Educational Objectives

  1. discuss the implications of rural practice, law and ethics as it relates to nurses' initiation of emergency care in rural health crises;
  2. solve problems pertinent to rural medical, traumatic, obstetric, environmental and psycho-social emergencies;
  3. apply sound clinical reasoning to managing clients in emergency situations;
  4. identify the pharmacological interventions, reactions and interactions a rural nurse may be required to address in rural practice;

Clinical Objectives

  1. undertake advanced clinical assessment and first-line treatment of clients of all ages who experience health crises in a rural setting;
  2. demonstrate competent resuscitative skills across the lifespan;
  3. appropriately triage, manage, refer and transfer clients experiencing a health crisis;
  4. practice safely with increasing independence.


Assignment (30%)
Case study (30%)
Examination (40%)
Clinical OSCE (20%)
Clinical evaluation (Pass / Fail)

Chief examiner(s)

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


Must have passed 2 units in {NUR3009, and NUR3002 OR NUR3106}.


Available only to students undertaking Bachelor of Nursing and Rural Health Practice.