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HNN742 - Principles of Complex Perianaesthesia Nursing Care

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)^ with significant campus requirements

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Pat Nicholson

Prerequisite:HNN755, HNN740


Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

^Theoretical component 3 hours per week - a combination of on campus classes, cloud (online) modules and seminars. Students will be expected to undertake an additional 7 hours per week of independent study


This unit is part of the Perioperative Specialty stream of the Master of Nursing Practice for students who are also employed in a suitable clinical area in partnership with Deakin University.

^Students enrol as Cloud (online) students, however there are significant campus requirements.


This unit focuses on further developing the speciality knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required for perianaesthesia nursing practice. There is a focus on the student’s ability to manage complex and special populations and to identify risk and inform decisions that deliver safe, high quality nursing care and promote optimal patient outcomes. 


This unit covers the role of specialist nurse in managing patients across the life cycle undergoing anaesthesia in relation to: the concepts and principles of anaesthetic techniques and postoperative care in special populations; assessment and management of anaesthetic specialties including complex medical conditions and emergency presentations; concepts and principles of advanced monitoring; and postoperative care following complex and specialty surgery.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Clinical assessments Pass/Fail

Assessment task 3: Examination (2 hours) 60%


Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this unit. Clinical assessments form part of the assessment of this unit. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.


Note: Failure of a compulsory practicum component in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

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