Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Julia Morphet



  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


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 an understanding of disease processes (pathophysiology), which will underpin the assessment and emergency management of abdominal, neurological 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.


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

  1. Discuss the pathophysiological processes underpinning complex disease or injury states.
  2. Critically analyse patient assessment findings and prioritise appropriate, age specific, culturally relevant, therapeutic interventions for patients experiencing complex disease or injury states.
  3. Review and critique the evidence underpinning complex patient interventions.
  4. Plan and execute the assessment and management of a paediatric patient with a complex illness or injury.
  5. Apply age specific principles of ventilation in management of a ventilated patient.
  6. Demonstrate and evaluate independent triage practice based on the Australasian Triage Scale.
  7. Critically evaluate the care of the patient and family in the provision of end of life care and organ donation in the emergency department.
  8. Critically evaluate and apply nursing research to selected emergency patient care.
  9. Critically evaluate the socio-cultural, legal and ethical issues related to the nursing management of the critically ill patient.
  10. Develop and role model the essential elements of leadership and management for emergency nursing.


Students must be working in an emergency department a minimum of 3 days/week.


Written assessment: Contemporary issue in emergency nursing (3,000 words) (40%)
Written examination (2 hours) (60%) (Hurdle)
4 x Clinical assessments
Clinical Performance Appraisal (Hurdle)
Complex paediatric assessment (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

56 hours lectures / workshops, 144 hours self-directed work (including guided online learning), 288 hours clinical practice.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Nursing, Nursing and midwifery