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Case Based Inquiry Acute Care Perspectives 1 (NUR232)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1N-internal
MANDURAH: S1N-internal
Description Will engage students in simulated case based inquiry to introduce them to the complexity of caring for patients in acute care settings. Students will explore health and illness across the lifespan through the lens of the acute care nurse incorporating critical thinking, problem solving, and evidence based practice to provide holistic nursing care. This unit is the first of three units with a medical-surgical focus that reflect current health trends in Australia focusing on national health priority areas.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit the student will be able to:
1. Develop their understanding of the nursing competencies relating to the care of medical and surgical patients in the acute care setting.
2. Identify, analyse and discuss legal and ethical issues relating to nursing practice in acute care settings.
3. Discuss the nursing assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care in a range of acute illnesses including cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological disease and mental illness across the life span.
4. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and nursing evidence based practice in a variety of acute care scenarios
5. Apply the nursing process and critical thinking in acute care nursing.
6. Develop essential nursing skills relevant to acute care settings that ensure safe, effective and evidence based nursing practice for patients across the lifespan whilst promoting a therapeutic nurse patient relationship
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshop: 3 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Over the course of the semester students will complete 3 modules, with each module centering on a case study designed to introduce students to acute care nursing. Students will be asked to apply the nursing process to three distinct patients whilst developing core clinical nursing skills. In each workshop students will be asked to apply the knowledge they have learnt to different scenarios and develop an appreciation for holistic nursing care. This unit is designed to be a hands-on simulated learning experience for the student and requires each student to actively participate in both the workshop sessions and complete the assigned pre reading and online learning tasks.
Assessment The assessments for this unit include the presentation of a clinical teaching session and an end of semester exam. The clinical teaching session will require the student to work within a small group environment to present the correct application of a clinical skill. The assessment will also involve the submission of a learning plan and short reflection. The end of semester exam will consist of short answer and extended response questions in relation to clinical case studies.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Nursing and NUR231 Complexities of Health and Illness Across the Lifespan 1. Completion of all Year 1 nursing units.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR203 may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2015: 'Case Based Inquiry: Acute Care Perspectives 1'
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Nursing (BNurs) [New in 2016]
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