6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Please note, this unit has had the following change/s during 2017: change to unit coordinator and chief examiner.
For previous handbook information please contact the Faculty office.
This unit is designed to prepare the post-registration nurse for advanced nursing practice by focussing on the pathophysiology of major body systems, patient assessment and alterations.
The unit will also cover core concepts in care of the deteriorating patient equipping students with knowledge in areas of respiratory assessment and blood gas analysis, shock management and ECG interpretation.
Upon successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:
- Articulate the roles and responsibilities of the specialist nurse in acute care practice
- Apply advanced clinical reasoning related to the pathophysiology of the neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine and renal systems in specialist nursing practice.
- Apply holistic patient assessment to cases involving neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine and renal systems in specialist nursing practice.
- Evaluate the pharmacological and other evidence based therapeutic interventions used to manage neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine and renal system conditions in specialist nursing practice.
- Analyse and interpret 12 lead ECGs, blood gas data and advanced respiratory findings as part of integrated patient assessment..
- Critique current evidence based management strategies related to the pathophysiology of shock states and assessment criteria used to measure the degree of severity.
- On line quizzes x 3 throughout semester (25%)
- Written Assignment (2500 words) (35%)
- End of semester Written Examination (2 hours) (40%) Hurdle
2 x study days (12 hours per semester)
5 Online modules 12 hours per module = 60 hours
Total 72 hours per semester
See also Unit timetable information
Off-campus attendance requirements
Attendance at residential schools held oncampus.
This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Nursing and midwifery