HNN755 - Core Principles of Perianaesthesia Nursing Care


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Semester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H568, H569, H572, H668, H669, H672, H771




For courses H572, H672: HNN740

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Theoretical component 10-13 hours per week - a combination online seminars (3 hours) and self-guided modules (7-10 hours). Students are also required to complete a minimum of 24 hours a week in specialty clinical practice in their employing hospital.

In-person attendance requirements

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including up to 10 synchronous online seminar days that are recorded and made available to students on demand.


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 unit 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.

Hurdle requirement

Clinical assessments - Pass/Fail

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