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Nursing Specialty 2 (Cardiorespiratory) (NURS90113)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90113
Term 3 - Online
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This subject is designed to promote advanced theoretical knowledge to support safe, patient-centred care for nurses practicing in clinical environments specialising in cardiac and respiratory care. This subject builds upon the knowledge and skills learnt in Nursing Speciality 1 to consolidate and extend the integration of theoretical aspects of specialty nursing for advanced cardiac and respiratory patient assessment, management and evaluation of care. It expands the student's knowledge with regard to the high prevalence and high risk conditions encountered in cardiac and respiratory diseases, the complexity of disease processes, treatments (including pharmacology), symptoms and symptom management, and subsequent nursing assessments, health management, and supporting technical skills. Students also learn how to anticipate, identify and manage patients with acute alterations in health, including recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient. There is a continued emphasis on scientific principles and research evidence underpinning practice and further developing skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to work with people affected by cardiac and/or respiratory disease/s to find quality strategies in specialty practice.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students will demonstrate advanced cardiac and respiratory knowledge by:

  • Applying the core theoretical knowledge covered in this subject and its pre-requisites, Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Speciality 1 to inform their nursing practice;
  • Demonstrating advanced pathophysiology knowledge pertaining to acute alterations in cardiac and respiratory function and will be able to apply this knowledge to the assessment and management of a patient with an acute health alteration;
  • Applying knowledge of cardiac and respiratory assessment and evidence-based research and guidelines to select nursing interventions for patients with acute cardiac and respiratory conditions;
  • Applying knowledge and demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills to evaluate the effectives of nursing interventions.

Generic skills

  • 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: 19 July 2019