HNN227 - Acute Illness and Supportive Care


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course D355, D381, D387, H326, H329

Previously: Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3
Campus contact:

Trimester 1:
Waterfront (Geelong): Claire Crossfield
CBD/NIKERII: Jamie Wheelahan

Trimester 2:
Waterfront (Geelong): Monica Schoch
Warrnambool: Chris Wakefield


HNN114 AND one of HNN122 or HNN124

Note: Enrolled and/or Internationally qualified nurses may have altered prerequisite requirements. If required, course advice can be sought from



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will spend on average 300 hours over the trimester undertaking synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning activities for this unit.

This will include 28 hours synchronous learning activities and a 160 hour professional experience placement. Students will spend 14 hours undertaking guided asynchronous learning activities.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar per week
1 x 2 hour simulation session per week and
160 hour clinical placement


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Department of Health – Safety Screening Requirements - Police Record Check, Working With Children Check and Immunisation Status

In accordance with the Department of Health policy, all students are required to undertake a Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Worker Screening Act 2020, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students are required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


This unit is one of two units within the Clinical Studies Cluster: Year 2. The unit aims to provide opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills related specifically to the assessment and management of patients experiencing acute episodic illness in acute care.

Students will apply an understanding of pathophysiology to select acute illnesses related to hospitalisation. Using the nursing process students will implement strategies to optimise outcomes and minimise the impact of hospitalisation on patients’ functional abilities.

During a four (4) week professional experience placement students will develop mindsets and apply knowledge and skills learned in this unit and previous units.

Hurdle requirement

  • Clinical skills - Pass/Fail
  • Professional experience placement - Pass/Fail
Failure of the clinical component will lead to a fail in this unit and may lead to exclusion.

Unit Fee Information

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