NUR3310 - Translation of nursing knowledge to complex acute care practice - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 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)

Tamsin Jones


Ms Noelleen Kiprillis (Clayton)
Amy Koenig (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


NUR2226 and NUR2228


Must be enrolled in M2006 or M3007


This unit builds on NUR2225, NUR2226, NUR2228 and NUR2229 introducing students to the nursing management of patients with complex and/or life threatening problems across the lifespan.

The unit will focus on the integration of advanced health assessment skills, clinical application of evidence-based practice and ethical principles in the management of complex nursing situations. Clinical judgement skills will be developed through the translation of knowledge involving the management of the deteriorating patient.

Pathophysiology, pharmacology, and healthcare interventions will be critically evaluated in the context of complex healthcare issues.

This approach will complement the extensive clinical experience that students will undertake during this unit. In simulated and actual clinical settings, students will apply diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative techniques associated with caring for a person with a complex body system health breakdown in a range of settings.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will:

  1. Apply knowledge of pathophysiological, psychological and psychosocial concepts to patients with complex and/or life threatening illness throughout the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate evidence-based knowledge of a range of complex health problems experienced by patients throughout the lifespan in a range of settings.
  3. Identify and implement response systems for the deteriorating patient in the clinical setting.
  4. Apply knowledge of appropriate therapeutic medications in terms of their mechanism of action, important aspects of pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, interactions and contraindications in the patient with complex and/or life threatening illness.
  5. Demonstrate clinical judgement skills to identify, analyse and resolve clinical concerns in the patient with complex and/or life threatening illness.
  6. Develop and implement patient-centred care appropriate to the needs and wishes of the patient and their family/carer, inclusive of race, age, gender, sexual preference, physical or mental state or other diverse needs.
  7. Undertake complex nursing activities in a range of health settings, and apply appropriate principles of prioritising and time management appropriate to the clinical setting.
  8. Critically reflect on decisions and judgements made to demonstrate accountability for informed patient care.
  9. Practice with increasing independence in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC) Professional Standards for the Registered Nurse, Codes of ethics and Code of professional conduct for nurses.


Clinical placement (200 hours) Hurdle


  • iSAP Case Study (20%)
  • On-line simulation scenario (10%)
  • Written examination (3 hours) (40%) Hurdle
  • Clinical Placement (200 hours) (30%) Hurdle

Workload requirements

On-campus: 7 weeks on-campus: 2-hour workshop each week and 2-hour clinical learning environment (CLE) each week.

Off-campus: 200 hours of clinical placement (40 hours per fortnight)

Private study: 84 hours (7 hours per week)

Total 312 hours

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