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HNN740 - Core Principles of Intraoperative Nursing Care

Unit details


2017 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)^

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

Pat Nicholson





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Theoretical component 3 hours per week - a combination of classes and cloud (online) learning modules. Students will be expected to undertake an additional seven 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


The unit introduces students to the core principles and concepts of intraoperative nursing and collaborative management with a specific focus on the global, national and local quality & safety standards. An inquiry-based learning framework and clinical experience in this unit will enable students to critically analyse and apply evidence-based practice in order to implement risk management strategies in the intraoperative context.


This unit covers the role of specialist intraoperative nurses in managing surgical and/or procedural patients in relation to: concepts and principles of infection prevention, surgical safety and environmental planning and preparation; surgical wound assessment and management; and medico-legal requirements. The unit also aims to build teamwork and communication skills to establish and maintain collaborative professional respectful relationships with perioperative colleagues and to manage risk in order to optimise patient care.


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 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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