|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 :||24 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: NSC2500 and NUR2101 and NUR2102
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.