This unit of study addresses nursing practices and interventions that are designed to meet the needs of seriously or critically ill patients being nursed in high acuity hospital settings. It builds on the knowledge, skills and experiences gained in NURS5084 Nursing the Acutely Ill Person and NURS5043 Understanding Health and Managing Disease. The majority of the unit content is devoted to the general field of medical/surgical nursing of seriously or critically ill patients in a high acuity setting. Historically many of these patients would have been located in the emergency or critical care areas of acute hospitals. This unit, however, recognises that changes within the health care system mean that a majority of ‘general’ wards in acute hospital settings have a significantly high acuity population. It also recognises that many patients being nursed in these settings are elderly. The unit explores (through the use of case studies) acute life-threatening health problems such as; interruptions to circulation, neurological functioning and respiratory function. An important component of this unit of study is the understanding of the nursing assessment and management required when caring for deteriorating patients and those with patients with rapidly changing clinical conditions.
Unit details and rules
|Nursing and Midwifery
|NURS5084 and NURS5043
|Available to study abroad and exchange students