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HNN743 - Principles of Complex Intraoperative 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


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 intraoperative 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 in order to promote optimal patient outcomes.


This unit covers the role of specialist intraoperative nurse in comprehensively managing patients across the life cycle undergoing surgery in relation to: the concepts and principles of intraoperative techniques in complex and specialty populations; assessment and management of elective and emergency patients undergoing complex and specialty surgical procedures; and applying core principles of intraoperative practice in a range of novel, ill-structured, complex time critical surgical cases.


Assessment task 1: Written assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hours) 60%

Assessment task 3: Clinical assessments Pass/fail


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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