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NURS5082: Developing Nursing Practice

This unit of study complements NURS5081Introduction to Nursing Practice and further develops the understanding of clinical judgement in practice and the role of nurses in providing comprehensive care to those experiencing hospitalisation. This includes but is not limited to: maintenance of appropriate fluid status, preventing and controlling healthcare associated infection control, quality use of oral medications, effective levels of oxygenation and pain management. This knowledge will be extended to incorporate the experience of caring for patients when the body fails to function as expected, and particularly where surgery is required. Students undertaking this unit of study will further develop skills in physical assessment, communication, and documentation and will be introduced to safe medication administration. All learning experiences focus on providing effective and safe care to people from diverse cultural and social population groups. Unit content is underpinned by the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (ACSQHC, 2011).

Code NURS5082
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the underlying principles of comprehensive care for a surgical patient in order to perform clinical skills within this context
  • LO2. Critically analyse and apply evidence informed by research to the practice of caring for the surgical patient.
  • LO3. Apply the Practice Thinking Framework within the context of the surgical patient to guide practice thinking and judgement.
  • LO4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of legal guidelines relevant to quality use of medicines, patient confidentiality, consent and documentation applicable to patient encounters during the peri-operative experience.
  • LO5. Rehearse and refine core verbal and non-verbal communication skills for use with patients and other health professionals.
  • LO6. Utilise case study methodology to develop critical thinking and problem- solving skills.
  • LO7. Demonstrate satisfactory achievement in a professional experience placement undertaken in the surgical setting (as outlined in the UoS specific Clinical Record Log Book).
  • LO8. Demonstrate and critically reflect upon professional behaviours within a developing professional identity through safe ethical nursing practice for people from diverse social and cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.