NUR2447 - Clinical concepts - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Robyn Fairhall


Dr Robyn Fairhall (Clayton)
Nelly Foley (Peninsula)

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis.

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in M2006 or 0727


The aim of this unit is to develop in students an understanding of the basic principles of pain and wound care management as they relate to nursing, as responsible and appropriate nursing intervention is frequently a determinant of the overall success of therapy. The need for the nurse to develop a broad knowledge base of wound and pain management and therapeutic regimes is considered an essential element of professional clinical practice.


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

  1. explore the physiological aspects that influence wound healing;
  2. demonstrate the ability to undertake a comprehensive wound assessment, and to discuss wound characteristics and their relationship to type of dressing product selected;
  3. identify the principles of infection control relating to wound care;
  4. discuss the impact of appropriate wound assessment and provision of comprehensive wound management in the health care setting;
  5. examine the physiological and psychological effects of chronic and acute pain;
  6. analyse and develop a framework for the assessment of pain, disability and physical function, including the use of appropriate tools;
  7. identify current therapeutic and complementary measures to manage pain in the health care setting; and
  8. discuss social and cultural influences on pain and disability and he educational needs of clients in relation to the provision of evidence-based pain management.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Module one: Case study (25%) (1,500 words)
  • Module two: Case study (25%) (1,500 words)
  • Examination (50%) (2 hours)

Workload requirements

Two (2) hours of workshop per week (80% mandatory attendance)

Two (2) hours of directed online material per week

Eight (8) hours private study per week.

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