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NUR3398 Complex Care B

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


Examiner: Linda Ng


Pre-requisite: NUR2203 and NUR2204 and NUR2299
Enrolment is not permitted in NUR3398 if NUR2000 and NUR3101 has been previously completed


Increasing patient acuity and escalating complexity of patient care means that Registered Nurses need to be accurately and efficiently skilled to undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment of deteriorating patients and respond safely and effectively to promote positive patient outcomes. In order to achieve this, Registered Nurses require knowledge of the theoretical and clinical concepts that inform reasoned, evidence-based decision making in practice and promote, safe, ethical, quality nursing care. This course builds on evidence-based practice approaches and develops critical thinking and decision-making skills to ensure optimal outcomes across the lifespan for patients with acute health care 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].

This course aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to confidently and competently perform a comprehensive assessment of patient and safely perform increasingly complex nursing interventions. This course will enable students to make safe and effective clinical decisions and to understand and apply theories of clinical decision-making including the clinical reasoning model in clinical practice.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate current clinical research that will improve the quality of complex nursing care or interventions and maintain patient safety.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills in person-centred clinical decision making to support, promote, maintain and restore the health of patients.
  3. Evaluate the role and influence that effective inter-professional practice, including collaboration with the family, has on patient outcomes.
  4. Apply reflective, evidence-based nursing practice consistent with NMBA Competency Standards relevant to complex care nursing.
  5. Recall the principles of safe medication management.
  6. Accurately calculate medication dosages.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Application of clinical reasoning and decision-making skills within the simulated laboratory setting based on sound assessment and analysis to plan collaborative, patient focused acute care 20.00
2. Acute patient assessment and nursing management across the lifespan 20.00
3. Managing acute health alterations in a variety of simulated settings 20.00
4. Collaborative patient and family centred care for acute health challenges across the lifespan 20.00
5. Perioperative nursing care (pre-, intra, post-operative care, complication prevention, organisation and management, and discharge planning) 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
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz 1 No 10 5,6
Assignments Written Quiz 2 No 20 1,2
Assignments Practical Objtv Strctrd Clncl Exm (OSCE) No 40 1,2,3
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 30 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 30 June 2022