Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery




Not offered in 2016


The advance practice general nurse requires a diverse knowledge and skill base to appropriately and effectively assess and manage clients/patients in a hospital environment. This unit will enable students to develop proficiency in the holistic management of patients with gastrointestinal, neurological, endocrine and musculoskeletal dysfunction, and trauma. The unit will prepare the student to provide an advanced level of care to medical and surgical patients across age groups, and from all socio-cultural and economic groups.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Locate and critically appraise data to support advanced medical/surgical nursing practice.
  2. Synthesise information in order to plan and implement appropriate, evidence-based, person-centred therapeutic interventions for medical and surgical patients experiencing gastrointestinal, neurological, endocrine and musculoskeletal dysfunction, and trauma.
  3. Critically evaluate the socio-cultural, legal and ethical issues related to the nursing management of medical and surgical patients.
  4. Analyse the application of interpersonal skills in the management of patients, families and significant others who are experiencing grief, loss or what they perceive to be a crisis.
  5. Critically analyse the clinical, situational and professional issues supporting and complicating advanced practice in medical and surgical nursing.
  6. Critically evaluate approaches to patient safety and clinical risk management.


Students must be employed in an approved medical or surgical unit for a minimum of 3 days per week


Clinical assessment (Pass / Fail)
Examination (40%) (Hurdle)
Written assignment (3,000 words) (30%)
Case presentation on complex patient safety issue/clinical risk (3,000 words) (30%)

Students must achieve a pass in the final examination and Clinical Assessment to achieve a pass in the unit.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including self-directed learning.

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