Complex Nursing Practice 1

Year 3, Semester 1 Core Nursing Practice

Code CRIT3000
Credits 25
Graduate Attributes
This unit uses a systems approach to assess, diagnose, plan, manage, document and evaluate care related to complex health  needs of patients/families. Students apply therapeutic communication and critical reasoning to meet nursing competency  standards in selected clinical contexts. This unit has a focus on acute mental health nursing care, contemporary mental health  nursing issues, models of mental health care. Assessment and planning strategies, particularly with people with crisis (suicide,  self-harm). The unit provides an introduction to critical care nursing including: integrated comprehensive physical and mental health assessment and management. Neurological assessment; advanced pain management of patients in cardiac and  respiratory crisis are important clinical areas covered. Students continue advanced wound care; advanced medication  administration: medications via central lines (CVCs/PICCs), TPN, and PCAs, including dosage calculations and applied  pharmacology for Step 3 pain management, cardiac, respiratory and psychiatric conditions.
Lecture 2.0 Hours, 4.0 Times Semester 
Science Laboratory 2.0 Hours, 8.0 Times Semester 
Tutorial 2.0 Hours, 4.0 Times Semester 
Clinical Practice 40.0 Hours, 3.0 Times Semester 

Learning Outcomes

  • 1 Analyse the current provision of health care to the complex hospitalised patients
  • 2 Organise patient care needs, in consultation with the health care team
  • 3 Respond to changes and deterioration in patient condition
  • 4 Integrate evidence base into nursing care
  • 5 Apply and integrate skills, technology and knowledge required in relation to the practice environment
  • 6 Analyse relevant information in appropriate professional written and oral formats for a range of people and professionals

Assessment Breakdown

All assessments below must be completed.

  • Pass/Fail NMBA clinical competencies
  • Pass/Fail Medication test
  • Pass/Fail Mental Health case study
  • Pass/Fail Skills assessment