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June - Online
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This subject is designed to provide the theoretical foundation for specialty emergency nursing practice.
The concepts of assessment of the emergency department patient and the initial prioritising of care will be explored. The nursing and medical management of patients presenting with respiratory, cardiovascular or neurological dysfunction will be examined in detail. The theoretical concepts and knowledge gained will enable students to apply principles of assessment, triage and resuscitation in the emergency nursing context. The content will relate to management of paediatric and adult presentations with reference to physiological changes throughout the lifespan. Patient and family perspectives of illness will be considered in the development and implementation of multi-disciplinary care planning. Acknowledging the diversity of clinical presentations, in this unit of study we will specifically examine the assessment and management of the most common illness or injuries seen in the emergency department, including those requiring resuscitation. Management of patients with these clinical conditions will be explored, specifically focusing on the evidence-base of interventions and their influence on patient outcomes
Intended learning outcomes
- Apply theoretical knowledge of pathophysiological processes to explain patient assessment findings;
- Analyse clinically relevant signs, symptoms, history and clinical assessment data to determine differential diagnosis and patient care priorities;
- Apply specialist knowledge in the planning of age specific, culturally appropriate nursing care interventions based on identified clinical priorities;
- Recognise and anticipate the alterations in health status and care requirements associated with special or unique populations presenting to the emergency department.
On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and graduate coursework student:
- A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written modes of communication;
- A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.
- An ability to evaluate and synthesize the research and professional literature in this discipline.
Last updated: 12 November 2021