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92616 Core Concepts in Acute Care Nursing

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Subject handbook information prior to 2019 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Description

This subject provides a contemporary, evidence-based framework for the assessment and management of acutely unwell patients in relation to some pre-determined core concepts. The subject aims to enhance professional practice by encouraging students to critique their individual and workplace practices in light of what is considered as 'best practice' in acute care nursing, and to consider potential improvements to the practice of acute care nursing at both individual and systemic levels.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Examine the role, responsibilities and impact of the nurse in providing best care for acutely ill patients
B. Integrate and apply knowledge of pathophysiological processes for people experiencing common acute health problems
C. Critically evaluate current approaches to nursing management of acutely unwell patients
D. Appraise research evidence to develop and improve nursing practice for optimal patient outcomes
E. Analyse the impact of systems processes and contemporary acute care treatments on health outcomes

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy and research to enhance health care and health outcomes (1.0)
  • Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context (3.0)
  • Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations (4.0)
  • Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role (5.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

In this subject, you will participate in a range of teaching and learning strategies that are designed to assist you to explore core concepts in acute care nursing and integrate evidence in relation to these concepts into clinical practice, thereby providing support for your professional development as an acute care nurse.

These strategies include:

  1. Preparatory activities for study days e.g. recommended readings, watching online material, discussion forum participation. These activities which will be integrated into in-class learning; and
  2. Face-to-face study days which will be delivered in a variety of formats e.g. presentations and workshops, small and large group exercises, and lab-based practical simulation activities.

The focus for the teaching and learning strategies in this subject is collaborative learning and engagement, which reflects the best practice of acute care clinicians today.

Content (topics)

This subject will explore the advanced nursing care of patients in acute care settings. Content includes a range of topics that reflect health phenomena in acute care illnesses requiring medical and/or surgical intervention:

  • National standards and risk management tools for acute care nursing
  • Structured approaches to assessment and management of patients in acute care settings
  • Core concepts including advanced respiratory and cardiac management, mental health, wound care, fluid and glucose management, and pharmacological interventions in acute care.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Patient adverse event critique

Intent:

The critique of an adverse event will assist students to advance their acute care nursing practice by: (a) identifying peak bodies and guidelines for national improvements in safety and quality in acute care nursing; (b) developing their skills as reflective, critical thinkers; (c) extending knowledge and understanding of the nursing management of a specific adverse event; and (d) considering ways to implement "best practice" for the management of adverse events at both individual and systemic levels in acute care facilities.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 3.0 and 5.0

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

1500 words maximum

Assessment task 2: Online Reading/Resources and Reflective Discussion Activities (ORaRDA)

Intent:

This assessment will encourage postgraduate nursing students to link knowledge and skills learned in on-campus workshops to their individual work settings. Through an online reading and reflective activity forum, students are asked to locate and read resources, and reflect upon the A - G principles of assessment of patients in acute care settings. Participation in these forums will support students' development as advanced practitioners in recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in acute health care settings, and may also prepare them for the case study that comprises Assessment Three.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

One (1) original post = 500 words; two (2) separate responses to others' posts = 150 words each. Total 800 words.

Assessment task 3: In-depth analysis of a patient case study

Intent:

An in-depth analysis of a complex patient will assist students to advance their acute care nursing practice by: (a) developing their skills as reflective, critical thinkers; (b) increasing their specific knowledge and understanding of the two core concepts in acute care nursing; and (c) considering ways to implement "best practice" for these core concepts at both individual and systemic levels in acute care facilities.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 3.0 and 5.0

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Length:

2500 words

Required texts

There are no required texts for this subject. Students are encouraged to draw upon the latest research in peer-reviewed journals and evidence-based reviews. Throughout the subject a number of preparatory readings will be made available via UTSOnline to facilitate in-class learning activities. These readings are collated from journal articles, reviews, or reports on areas that are pertinent to the subject. It is strongly recommended that students access and use these readings as a means of enhancing participation in the study days.

References

Refer to UTSOnline for access to up to date references for this subject.

Other resources

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Improve your academic and English language skills
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HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
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