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ANP5003 Emergency Care

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Geoff Wilson
Moderator: Cheryl Ross


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MNRS or PCNP or PDEV or SING


This course aims to prepare registered nurses to demonstrate advanced nursing practice competence within the legal and professional context of emergency care of rural and remote populations.


This course specifically focuses on emergency nursing care of adults and children in rural and/or remote contexts. Within this context, advanced nursing skills are essential to ensure optimum outcomes for the client. These skills ensure that timely, appropriate assessment, intervention and referral for continuity of care occur in the absence of support services. This course is designed to embed advanced nursing practice skills and graduate skills to promote critical thinking and decision making for autonomous and accountable practice, within specified legal parameters. Students are required to complete four (4) weeks of clinical experience organised as two placements of two (2) weeks duration if they are not currently working in a rural or remote nursing setting or emergency care area. Students who are currently employed in an emergency care area but not in a rural or remote setting will be required to undertake at least two (2) week of clinical placement outside of their current practice setting. Students who currently work in a rural and remote emergency care area will be required to undertake one week of clinical experience. All students while on clinical will be required to undertake and be assessed in the skills of Advanced Life Support, Cannulation and Suturing.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. successfully and appropriately apply the health management protocols and drug therapy protocols to the management of the emergency client
  2. establish a climate of practice conducive to the development of collaborative relationships and practice
  3. demonstrate ability to work within the legal, professional and ethical frameworks within the context of rural and remote nursing practice
  4. use multiple approaches to decision making in the rural and remote environment, necessary to ensure best practice in relation to meeting client needs
  5. demonstrate competence in cannulation, suturing, basic and advanced life support (ANMC Competencies and Skills Assessment);
  6. justify triage and retrieval decisions in relation to client problems


Description Weighting(%)
1. Module 1: Legal and ethical context of Rural and Isolated Practice 20.00
2. Module 2: Patient Assessment 25.00
3. Module 3: Emergency Collaborative Management of the Sick Adult 20.00
4. Module 4:Emergency Collaborative Management of the Sick Child 15.00
5. Module 5: Advanced Emergency Skills - advanced life support; cannulation; Suturing, and Plaster Techniques 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Aehlert, B 2009, ECG’s Made Easy, 4th edn, Mosby/Jems, St Louis.
  • Cameron, P, Jelinek, G, Kelly, A, Murray, L, Brown, A & Heyworth, J 2004, Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, 2nd edn, Churchill-Livingstone, Edinburgh.
  • Drake Melander, S 2004, Case Studies in Critical Care Nursing, 3rd edn, Saunders, Philadelphia.
  • Ellis, K.M 2007, EKG Plain and Simple, 2nd edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  • Limmer, D, O'Keefe, Dickinson, E.T 2005, Emergency Care, 10th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  • Mcllwraith, J., and Madden, B 2006, Health Care and the Law, 4th edn, Lawbook Co, Sydney.
  • Morton, PG, Fontaine, DK, Hudak, CM & Gallo, BM 2005, Critical Care Nursing - A Holistic Approach, 8th edn, Lippincott-Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Tiziani 2006, Havard's Nursing Guide to Drugs, 7th edn, Elsevier-Mosby, Marrickville, N.S.W.
  • Urden, L.D., Stacy, K.M. and Lough, M.E 2006, Thelan's Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management, 5th edn, Elsevier, St Louis.
  • Wagner, K. D., Johnson, K.L. and Kidd, P.S 2010, High Acuity Nursing, 5th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Clinical Experience 80.00
Directed Study 30.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRE-CLINICAL REFLECTIONS 1 1 12 Mar 2012 (see note 1)
CASE CRITIQUE 48 48 21 May 2012 (see note 2)
ADVANCED EMERGENCY SKILLS 1 1 11 Jun 2012 (see note 3)
ONLINE TEST 49 49 11 Jun 2012 (see note 4)

  1. The Pre-Clinical Reflections are completed via an on-line forum.
  2. The Case Critique assignment is submitted via EASE (electronic submission).
  3. The ANF Competencies and Skills which will be assessed are Advanced Life Support, Cannulation and Suturing.
  4. The on-line exam will be held during the end of semester assessment period. The Examiner will advise the date of the online exam.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no on campus attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the student's responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximize their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must complete up to 160 hours of supervised clinical experience dependant on context and current clinical experience. Students are required to complete four (4) weeks of clinical experience organised as two placements of two (2) weeks duration if they are not currently working in a rural or remote nursing setting or emergency care area. Students who are currently employed in an emergency care area but not in a rural or remote setting will be required to undertake at least two (2) week of clinical placement outside of their current practice setting. Students who currently work in a rural and remote emergency care area will be required to undertake one week of clinical experience. During these clinical placements, students will have to demonstrate mastery of the ANF Advanced Nurse competencies noted in the clinical assessment tool including Advanced Life Support, Cannulation and Suturing Skills to obtain a passing grade in this course. Mastery will be assessed by the student's preceptor who will use the forms developed by USQ for this specific purpose. These forms will contain a list of the ANF competencies and the preceptor will be asked to sign off on each element of each competency as the student demonstrates competency. Failure to demonstrate clinical competency will result in a fail grade in this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the Case Critique and the On-line Test satisfactorily students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each item. To complete the clinical experience satisfactorily, students must demonstrate that they have completed the required hours and achieved the ANF competency standards and clinical assessments in Advanced Life Support, Cannulation and Suturing. To complete the Pre-Clinical Reflections, Clinical Experience Performance Evaluation and Advanced Emergency Skills satisfactorily students must obtain a mark of one (1) for each item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment will apply for each working day late.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a pass in this course students must submit each assessment item, achieve an aggregate of 50% of the marks available for the summative assessments (Case Critique and On-line Test) and satisfactorily complete (mark of 1) Pre-Clinical Reflections, Clinical Experience Performance Evaluation and Advanced Emergency Skills.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is an online examination which is accessed through the Studydesk. Students will be required to access during the designated period.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Supplementary examinations in this course. Deferred examinations will be at the discretion of the Examiner in extenuating circumstances.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment by EASE (or if electronic submission is not possible despatch the assignment to the USQ). The onus is on the student to provide proof of the submission (or despatch) date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made.

  3. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media.

  5. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special considerations. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  6. In the event a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover sheet the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

  7. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the Examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  8. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete- Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Makeup); IDB (Incomplete- Both deferred Examination and Deferred Makeup).

  9. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Evaluation and benchmarking

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. Clinical milieu data will be extrapolated to maintain Clinical contractual arrangements with appropriate and supportive clinical agencies. It is expected that all students undertaking this course will complete the online student evaluation