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HNN755 - Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)^

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

Elyse Coffey





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Theoretical component 3 hours per week - a combination of 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 core principles of perianaesthesia nursing and collaborative care, and evidence-based practices in anaesthesia and post-anaesthesia care. Engagement with this unit material and clinical practice will enable students to deliver safe, high quality person-centred nursing care to patients presenting for procedures and surgery requiring anaesthesia. The units also aims to build teamwork and communication skills to establish and maintain collaborative professional respectful relationships with the perioperative healthcare team and to manage risk in order to optimise patient care.


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; pharmacological therapies including anaesthetic agents, adjunct therapies and pain management therapies; patient assessment and monitoring of neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory and haemodynamic states; concepts and principles of homeostasis related to acid-base status, fluid and electrolyte balance and haematology.


Assessment task 1: 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 clinical practicum component in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

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