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Health Across the Lifespan 2 (NUR122)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2N-internal
MANDURAH: S2N-internal
Description Continuing the broad approach to lifespan development the biophysical, cognitive, psychosocial, moral and spiritual, and environmental perspectives will be explored. Utilising evidence based principles students will investigate the determinants of health that contribute to individual, family and community wellbeing across the lifespan. Topics to be explored will include: holistic care, dementia, health assessment and vital signs, skin integrity and wound care, and sensory perception.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe the concept of health and illness across the human lifespan.
2. Explain the reasoning for the measurement of vital signs and achieve competency in completing the skills of obtaining a patient's temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and oxygen saturation status.
3. Identify the indications for completing health examinations and demonstrate competency in the assessment of a patient's mental state, neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular systems.
4. Understand the factors that are responsible for the impairment of skin integrity and affect wound healing, and demonstrate competency in basic wound care and management.
5. Describe the components involved in the sensory-perception experience, and be able to discuss the nursing interventions required to promote and maintain sensory function.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of dementia, their treatment and care.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of death, dying and grief, the cultural, religious and spiritual considerations, and discuss the care of the body after death.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit incorporates structured timetabled learning in the form of interactive lectures, clinical tutorials and online modules. Tutorial learning activities are designed to facilitate hands-on learning, critical thinking, reflection, and peer collaboration. The unit also includes self-directed learning activities within a supportive online learning environment. The unit is divided into twelve weekly modules, each providing a lecture with learning outcomes, tutorial activity or online module, and direction to reading and other online resources. Online discussion is encouraged to promote collaboration, peer support and learning.
Other Learning Experiences Lecture: 1 hour per week, prerecorded and available via ECHO through the web unit on the learning management system
Assessment The assessments for this unit include pre-tutorial quizzes, a clinical skills assessment, and end of semester exam. The pre-tutorial quiz will ensure tutorial preparation for teaching and result in increased learning. The clinical skills assessment will provide the students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in completing a basic physical assessment including the determination of vital signs. The students must pass the clinical skills assessment to pass the unit. The exam will consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions, and assess student learning from throughout the semester. Detailed formative and summative feedback is provided on the quizzes and the clinical skills assessment for the purpose of improving learning and contributing to better student outcomes.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Nursing. Completion of NUR112 Health Across the Lifespan 1 or NUR100 Introduction to Nursing Practice; NUR114 Professional Practice 1 or NUR103 Contemporary Nursing Practice.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR105 Nursing Health Assessment and Physical Examination may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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Nursing (BNurs) [New in 2016]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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