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NUR3397 Complex Care A

Semester 2, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Terri Davis

Requisites

Pre-requisite: NUR2203 and NUR2204 and NUR2299
Enrolment is not permitted in NUR3397 if NUR2000 and NUR3101 has been previously completed

Overview

Registered nurses require effective clinical reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities and competent clinical skills to work within dynamic interdisciplinary teams in the management of individuals experiencing complex acute health concerns to ensure optimal patient outcomes. This theory-based course, utilising clinical case studies, will enable students to advance their clinical reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to work within dynamic interdisciplinary care teams in the management of individuals experiencing complex acute health needs.

As per the BNSG Program Rules, students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in a course. This program rule forms part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council [ANMAC].

In this course an inquiry-based framework will ensure that students can consolidate, apply and integrate previous learnings of anatomy and pathophysiology, health assessment, diagnostics, pharmacology and management of individuals with complex acute health conditions in high acuity health care settings. Students will examine complex conditions across the lifespan and will apply critical thinking, clinical reasoning and reflective practice skills to person centred, evidence-based nursing care. In this course students will integrate and apply principles of effective collaborative interprofessional communication, teamwork, as well as ethical and legal practice in decision making to integrate person-centred care that meets the requirements for beginning Registered Nurse practice.

This course includes a mandatory 2-day residential School.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply and integrate knowledge of anatomy and pathophysiology, pharmacology, and diagnostics to case studies of individuals with emergent and complex health conditions in high acuity health care settings.
  2. Apply and integrate previous learnings of health assessment and nursing management to individuals with complex health conditions in high acuity health care settings.
  3. Apply critical thinking, clinical reasoning and reflective practice skills to a range of complex acute conditions across the lifespan to demonstrate appropriate person centred, evidence-based nursing care.
  4. Evaluate the nurse’s role within the inter-professional and intra-professional team in regard to effective communication and teamwork in decision making practices within high acuity clinical case studies.
  5. Apply ethical and legal practice frameworks, standards and decision making required of a beginning Registered Nurse to acute high acuity case studies for safe person-centred care.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Nursing roles, responsibility and accountability in the management and care of acutely ill individuals and their significant others within high acuity settings across the lifespan: clinical reasoning including assessment, identification of problem; educational needs of patients and families; technology and caring interface; collaborative interprofessional teamwork 20.00
2. Prioritise & plan safe nursing practice in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing impaired respiratory function and compromised oxygenation 20.00
3. Prioritise & plan safe nursing practice in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing complex alterations in cardiovascular functioning and perfusion 20.00
4. Prioritise & plan safe nursing practice in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experience; alterations in metabolism 20.00
5. Prioritise & plan safe nursing practice in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing alterations: in neurological function and cerebral tissue perfusion 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Brotto, V., & Rafferty, K (2019), Clinical dosage calculations for Australia and New Zealand, 3rd edn, Cengage.
Brown, D., Edwards, H., Seaton, L., Buckley, T. and Lewis, S (2019), Lewis's medical-surgical nursing, 5th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood NSW.
Tollefson, J (2021), Clinical psychomotor skills: Assessment tools for nurses, 8th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne, VIC.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Assessment
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Essay No 45 1,3,4,5
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) Yes 35 1,2,3,4
Date printed 30 June 2022