Term 2 - Online
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This subject is designed to promote development of foundational theoretical knowledge to support safe, patient and family centred care for nurses practicing in a range of acute health care environments. The subject will provide nurses with the theoretical knowledge required to meet the diverse and often complex needs of adult patients in the acute care setting, including an in-depth understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of acute and complex health conditions. The subject provides nurses with the opportunity to extend their knowledge when assessing, planning and providing evidence-based care to adult patients experiencing an acute alteration in their health.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge in a range of acute and complex health conditions by:
- Integrating the core content covered in this subject and its pre-requisite, Applied Pathophysiology into their nursing practice
- Demonstrating the theoretical knowledge to understand the aetiology and management of adult patients experiencing acute alterations in their health status
- Demonstrating the knowledge to recognise, respond and manage deteriorating patients
- Demonstrating the knowledge to complete a holistic patient assessment, including patients' pain and cognition
- Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge to identify, plan, monitoring and evaluate a range of nursing interventions based on patient assessment findings
- Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and critique health care interventions and treatment strategies, to provide high quality and safe patient care.
- A capacity to develop problem-solving and analytical skills
- A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in verbal and written modes of communication
- A capacity to translate new knowledge learned to nursing practice; and
- An ability to critically evaluate research and implement evidence-based finding to inform nursing practice.
Last updated: 6 December 2019