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NUR2204 Acute Care Across the Lifespan B

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Acute Care Across Lifespan B
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 060399 - Nursing not classified
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 11 April 2021


Examiner: Jan Walker


Pre-requisite: NUR2102
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR2203

Other requisites

Students must have access to the internet for course preparation materials.


This course is the second course to examine the dynamic interdisciplinary acute care context of nursing practice including the management of individuals with acute and episodic health problems. Students acquire a deep understanding of the current acute care health concerns for people across the lifespan. Preparing students for evidence-based practice to address national health priorities is essential to developing knowledgeable, skilled safe, ethical nursing professionals. Acute illness episodes require complex and diverse interventions, requiring nurses to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills to ensure optimal patient outcomes.


This course is the second of three Acute Care Across the Lifespan courses. Students will develop a range of acute care nursing skills and therapeutic communications within a simulated laboratory environment. In Acute Care B students will focus on more complex assessment, planning, management, and evaluation of patient care and patient care outcomes for persons experiencing more severe acute and episodic illnesses and injuries. This includes acute perioperative, cardiovascular, respiratory, pain, and mental health care. Pathophysiology, pharmacology, lifespan, and ethnic diversity are key concepts that are addressed in relation to these health concerns.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Develop and apply knowledge and skills to care for patients experiencing conditions related to National Health Priorities
  2. Apply understanding of lifespan/developmental, ethnic diversity, and collaborative patient centred care knowledge to provide nursing care to diverse individuals from birth to death who are experiencing moderate to severe acute or episodic health issues.
  3. Apply clinical reasoning, and psychomotor skills interventions to prioritise and manage the safe, evidence based nursing care for acute presentations in a variety of simulated clinical settings.
  4. Apply an understanding of pathophysiology and pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to the management of acute health concerns.
  5. Use information literacy skills and the ability to communicate information accurately and effectively in both simulated clinical and academic contexts.


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. Perioperative nursing care (pre-, intra, post-operative care, complication prevention, organisation and management, and discharge planning) 20.00
3. Managing acute health alterations in a variety of simulated settings. 20.00
4. Acute patient assessment and nursing management across the lifespan. 20.00
5. Collaborative patient and family centred care for acute health challenges across the lifespan. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Berman, A., Snyder, S. J., Levett-Jones, T., Burton, P. & Harvey, N (2017), Skills in clinical nursing, 8th edn, Pearson.
LeMone, P., Bauldoff, G., Gubrud, P., Carno, M., Levett-Jones, T., Dwyer, T., Moxham, L., Reid-Searl, K., Berry, K., Carville, K., Hales, M., Knox, N., & Stanley, D (2020), LeMone and Burke's medical-surgical nursing: Critical thinking for person-centred care, 4th edn, Pearson Australia.

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.
Berman, A (2020), Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, 5th edn, Pearson.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 70.00
Online Lectures 13.00
Online Tutorials 13.00
Residential Schools 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Lab Workbook-Stroke Case Study 30 14 22 Mar 2021 1,2,3,4,5
Written Assignment 50 25 20 Apr 2021 1,2,4,5
Lab Workbook-Paediatric Case 30 15 17 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5
Lab Attendance & Participation 1 1 04 Jun 2021 3 (see note 1)
Open Examination - Online 100 45 End S1 1,2,4,5 (see note 2)

  1. 80% laboratory attendance is mandatory. External students will undertake this component during the mandatory residential school. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (
  2. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend 80% of the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend 80% of the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them. Engagement in online discussion forums forms part of the directed study components of this course..

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the Lab Attendance students must attend the mandatory laboratories and achieve 80% (a mark of 1). To satisfactorily complete the examination students must achieve at least 40% of the marks available. To satisfactorily complete all other assessment items students must achieve at least 50% of the marks available for each item. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and must have achieved 80% (mark of 1) for the Lab Attendance .

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdles (Proficiency), i.e. achieved 80% (mark of 1) for the Lab Attendance and must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

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

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA referencing style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways.
This course:

  1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. Forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  3. Forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. The dates and location of the residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.

Date printed 11 April 2021