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HNN765 - Cardiac Care Nursing 1

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)^

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

Elizabeth Oldland

Prerequisite:HNN751, HNN752


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 seven hours per week of independent study.


This unit is part of the Cardiac Care 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 is one of two in this trimester focusing on further developing the speciality knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required for advanced cardiac care nursing practice. There is a focus on refining the student’s ability to identify, synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate complex data from patient and technologically-derived sources to identify risk and inform decisions that deliver safe, high quality nursing care and promote optimal patient outcomes. The nurse’s role in being a high performing member of the multidisciplinary health team with strong communication skills is emphasised. Through engagement with the unit material, clinical practice and personal reflection, students will develop greater decision making autonomy, critical thinking and leadership skills, advanced clinical judgement, and enhanced professionalism.


The unit is designed to prepare nurses for specialty cardiac care practice and covers: assessment and therapeutic management of patients with a variety of complex cardiovascular, haemodynamic and neurological dysfunctions; advanced electrocardiography concepts; physical, psychosocial and functional care of clinically frail and elderly critically ill and injured patients; and advanced interventional treatment modalities including cardiac assist devices, and interventional procedures for structural heart disease, cardiac failure and refractory arrhythmias.


Assessment task 1: Presentation (equivalent to 1500 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%
Assessment task 3: Tests (3) 20%
Assessment task 4: Clinical assessment pass/fail; satisfactory completion of clinical competency hurdles and assessment.

Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this unit. Compulsory clinical hurdles 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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