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NUR2203 Episodes of Care B

Semester 1, 2022 Online
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 : 27 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Linda Stanbury

Requisites

Pre-requisite: NSC2500 and NUR2101 and NUR2102

Overview

Registered nurses are required to be adaptable to practice with competent theoretical and evidence- based knowledge and clinical reasoning skills for optimal patient outcomes. Illness episodes often require complex and extensive understanding of the pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, pharmacotherapy and nursing management to ensure optimal health outcomes. This theory-based course will enable students to develop skills to work within dynamic interdisciplinary care teams across the lifespan and meet the needs of diverse populations. Preparing future registered nurses for practice in the context of national and regional health priorities is essential to developing, skilled, safe and ethical nursing professionals.

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 theoretical course is designed to develop and augment specific knowledge for the care of individuals and families across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings. Students will use a evidence based approach to introduce the pathophysiology, health assessment, diagnosis and management of individuals with complex health conditions. Students will examine a selection of the acute exacerbation of illness, chronic diseases and complex conditions across the lifespan and will develop the critical skills required to effectively assess, intervene, and manage exacerbations of conditions and support individuals with self-management strategies. Theoretical knowledge, which supports the independent and collaborative responsibilities of Registered Nurses using pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, will be discussed. Clinical reasoning frameworks for clinical decisions making will be used to improve clinical, judgement and critical thinking. Cultural competency and ethic-legal considerations will be applied to patients and families in weekly content and assessments.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of learning and teaching strategies complementary to an inquiry-based approach throughout the semester. This course will require students to develop telehealth educational packages for people post discharge to assist them self-manage their conditions. It will also include digital learning of the electronic Medical Administration Records software. Students will have access to virtual learning with online software package on nursing management of medical conditions and medications management.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate the pathophysiological, pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacological management of acute exacerbation of illness, chronic diseases and complex conditions.
  2. Evaluate the principles of professional nursing practice for people with diverse health concerns within the Australian contexts, including a selection of regional, rural and National Health Priorities across the lifespan including the needs of culturally diverse, disadvantaged, and vulnerable groups with acute, chronic and complex conditions.
  3. Apply critical thinking, reasoning, Code of Conduct and Standards of Practice for nurses, clinical decision making, that govern nursing practice, including ethico-legal and cultural considerations and applying evidence for patient care assessment, planning, nursing management and evaluation of safe effective nursing care.
  4. Integrate principles of teamwork, interprofessional and interprofessional teamwork, communication and evidence-based practice into safe, ethical and compassionate family centred care.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Nurses role, responsibility and accountability in the management of people across the lifespan; prioritisation of care, coping with acute illness, environmental stressors, educational needs of patients and family, technology and care interface, competence and safety and interprofessional and intraprofessional teamwork. 10.00
2. Applying safe nursing practice and knowledge in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing renal dysfunction and compromised acid-base and electrolytes; pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment, diagnosis, monitoring and nursing management. 15.00
3. Applying safe nursing practice and knowledge in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing gastrointestinal dysfunction and compromised nutrition (undernutrition and obesity); pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment, diagnosis, monitoring and nursing management. 15.00
4. Apply safe nursing practice and knowledge in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing neurological conditions. 15.00
5. Apply safe nursing practice and knowledge in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing; impaired reproductive and sexuality concerns. 15.00
6. Apply safe nursing practice and knowledge in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing: Cancers including solid, blood and lymphatic; immune dysfunction including a range of infectious diseases. 15.00
7. Apply safe nursing practice and knowledge in the management and care of individuals and their significant others experiencing: End of Life and palliative managed. 15.00

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 Case Study 1 No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Case Study 2 No 40 1,2
Assignments Creative Creative work Yes 40 3,4
Date printed 27 June 2022