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The subject aims to help students develop knowledge, skill and application within the context of nursing care provided to clients/patients experiencing acute health problems. Students will develop their capabilities in client/patient assessment, data collection, nursing problem identification and evidence-based application of relevant nursing interventions. Students will develop abilities to work in interprofessional collaboration with medicine and allied health to deliver safe, effective, evidence-based collaborative care.
Throughout the subject there will be a focus on examining the health care system, including digital health components, from the perspective of factors that can affect patient outcomes and the importance of identifying, critically appraising and integrating evidence into clinical practice. Using safety and quality as a framework student will examine trends in critical incidents that result in adverse outcomes for patients locally and globally. They will also be introduced to emerging strategies in health care that seek to improve safety and quality and consider the role of the nurse in leading these efforts at a clinical and organisational level.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe the ethical and legal principles of autonomy, confidentiality, and informed consent as they apply to nurse-patient interactions;
- Demonstrate an understanding of nursing assessment frameworks for practice in the acute and community setting;
- Prioritise and rationalise patient health assessment data and implement nursing interventions within the Clinical Decision Making Framework while maintaining cultural awareness, respect and sensitivity;
- Incorporate and demonstrate understanding of the role of the National Health Priorities (The National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions (Links to an external site.) in practice, where relevant;
- Demonstrate understanding of how digital health technologies can be applied in practice, such as electronic health records, clinical decision support systems, patient portals, electronic medication administration, telehealth, and mobile apps;
- Reflect on how cultural background and history, including that of First Nations Peoples, influences and shapes one's worldview and the nurse/patient relationship;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key contemporary safety and quality issues in Australian and International healthcare;
- Explain why the health care system is a potential source of adverse events for patients;
- Apply knowledge of patient assessment, evidence-based research and guidelines to select nursing interventions for patients with acute conditions while maintaining cultural awareness, respect and sensitivity; and
- Refine patient assessment by using a comprehensive nursing framework and utilise assessment data to develop nursing care plans for patients experiencing acute illness across the lifespan while maintaining cultural awareness, respect and sensitivity.
- capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation
- critical thinking and analytical skills in individual and interprofessional team settings
- capacity to rethink own ideas and an openness to new ideas
- appreciate how social-historical structures, including colonisation, contribute to social inequity and exclusion, and develop strategies that help redress this
- development of digital literacy skills required to communicate new knowledge
- demonstrate a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship and practice
Last updated: 14 November 2023