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92760 Post Anaesthesia Recovery Unit (PARU) Nursing

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject aims to expand the students' awareness and understanding of the evolving post-anaesthetic recovery unit (PARU) nursing role. Through the development of specialised knowledge, students advance their expertise in optimal care of the post-anaesthesia patient including specifically clinical and professional practice, communication and collaboration, leadership and patient advocacy. Innovative simulation technologies are used to support students as they build their confidence in working with the deteriorating patient within the post-anaesthesia care unit. Finally, students engage in activities which focus on the importance of safe, supportive and healthy work environments.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Examine the evolving role of the postanaesthesia recovery nurse in the context of different models of care, technological advances and their implications on patient care
B. Develop specialised knowledge on a range of nursing assessments and interventions to enable high level person centred care across clinical scenarios with varying levels of complexity
C. Examine the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of the postanaesthesia recovery nurse
D. Establish supportive practice and a healthy work environment through excellence in communication and collaboration
E. Determine the needs for the post operative patient including those with complex care requirements, deteriorating and/or in physical/psychological distress within the post anaesthetic care unit
F. Critically reflect upon the role of the postanaesthesia recovery nurse in the context of providing autonomous care for patients including those with complex postoperative care needs

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)
  • Locate and apply research knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the available evidence for optimal healthcare delivery (1.1)
  • Examine the potential for creative approaches that enhance the interdisciplinary workforce, enabling health-promoting environments (2.2)
  • 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)
  • Explore knowledge and skills within their context of acute care practice, to enable best practice (5.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject provides a blend of teaching and learning opportunities through face-to-face workshops, self-directed and online learning. This subject also provides students with flexibility in assessment choices to support individual learning needs and make connections between prior knowledge and experiences and new information.

Online learning modules and discussions
Uses interactive, scenario-based learning which unfolds at the student’s pace, and peer feedback is immediately provided to develop students' reasoning and problem-solving skills. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in discussion on current issues within perioperative nursing with other students in on-line forums.

Study Days and online learning materials
This subject benefits from both the real time delivery of content and access to online resources. Face to face study days enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology, and engage with sensitive or confronting topics.

Personal, professional and expert narratives
Students will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with professional industry based experts in relation to the key concepts and learning objectives of the subject.

Simulated in-class role plays
Role-plays provided a simulated environment for students to practice new skills learnt through theory and knowledge development. Scenarios from relevant situations are used to depict real life experiences in nursing practice. Students will have the opportunity to interact, observe and provide feedback within the facilitated debriefing, and reflect on their own skills, values and experiences.

Structured decision making activities
Working in small teams students engage in real-time, shared decision-making activities. This assists students to

engage with policies and utilise knowledge to formulate responses to situations, under time pressure, as would be expected within a clinical practice setting. Together, students learn to quickly achieve consensus for decisions.

Feedback for decision outcomes is also provided in real-time allowing students to assess and reflect on their decision-making choices.

Communication skills development
Teaching and learning strategies incorporate the development of professional communication skills for all students. This encompasses professional and therapeutic communication required for nursing practice

Content (topics)

The content of this subject will focus on:

  • The PARU environment
  • Patient safety and risk management
  • Patient assessment and management including airway, cardiovascular, neurological and fluid resuscitation
  • Pain assessment and management
  • Postoperative nausea and vomiting assessment and management
  • Crisis management
  • Handover and documentation

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Literature Review

Intent:

To critically evaluate findings from evidence based literature on an aspect of post anaesthetic recovery nursing practice of the student’s interest.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, C and E

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

1.0, 5.0 and 5.1

Type: Essay
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Length:

2500 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Appropriateness and accuracy of search strategy 20 A 1.0
Quality of selection and degree of relevance of evidence-based articles and rationale for choices 20 A 5.0
Depth of analysis and critique of articles 30 C 1.0
Strength of summary of findings and application to practice 30 E 5.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Online Activities

Intent:

The purpose of the online activities is for students to engage with subject material using interactive, scenario-based learning which unfolds at the student’s pace. Activities include the opportunity to engage in discussion on current issues within perioperative nursing with other students in on-line forums.

This contributes to student's learning by assisting them to develop professional communication skills in order to lead practice change within the specialist area of postanaesthesia nursing.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, C and D

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

1.0, 1.1 and 4.0

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Specialised knowledge and critical thinking and reflection 40 B 1.0
Ability to communicate clearly and interact productively within an online group 30 D 4.0
Use of evidence to support argument particularly in relation to professional, legal and ethical responsibilities 30 C 1.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Group Presentation

Intent:

This assessment contributes to learning by engaging the students in teamwork, which will enhance their capacity for professional judgement via interactions with their colleagues around specific contemporaneous patient populations within the PARU environment. It will assist them to critically evaluate aspects associated with a specific patient population, which will subsequently inform their clinical practice while assimilating other patient care perspectives. This will enhance their capacity for clinical judgement based on their own research, interaction with others and self-reflection.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, C, D and E

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

1.0, 2.2, 3.0 and 4.0

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 30%
Length:

Task 1 - Inservice online discussion - 500 words original post, 250 words feedback to other students posts

Task 2a - Inservice Material (no word count)

Task 2b - 1000 word

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
The group in-service identified key aspects to patient population to plan for optimal recovery management. 20 B 2.2
The in-service presented recommendations for nursing practice in relation to potential complications and management techniques. 35 E 1.0
Incorporation of specific nursing roles and responsibilities and identification of evidence based practice, with application to ACORN and related standards. 35 C 3.0
The group demonstrated an ability to work as part of a team. 10 D 4.0
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

References

A comprehensive list of references and other resources is available for this subject on UTSOnline.

Other resources

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