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92882 Advanced Perioperative Nursing Practice

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

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


This subject aims to further develop the student's specialty knowledge around key areas associated within the perioperative environment. A strong focus is provided on interdisciplinary surgical team management, adapting to changing surgical demands and the assessment of patients with a variety of care needs. Students also consider evolving policy, practice and technology within perioperative nursing.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Examine the concepts and evidence associated with best practice, leadership and interdisciplinary surgical team management in the operating suite.
B. Adapt effectively to changing surgical demands to care for patients undergoing common and/or complex surgical procedures.
B. Evaluate methods to address changing surgical demands when caring for patients undergoing common and/or complex surgical procedures.
C. Determine the care needs for the well patient or those with complex care requirements within the peri-operative environment.
D. Critically analyse the impacts, concerns or consequences of evolving policy and practice within the peri-operative environment.
E. Analyse the potential impact of new and emerging technologies on nursing practice and surgical patient 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)
  • 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)
  • Review collaborative approaches used with patients, families and interdisciplinary teams to enable optimal health outcomes (2.3)
  • 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)

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)

This subject covers a range of topics and issues relevant for perioperative nurses. This includes factors that influence health care delivery in a variety of perioperative settings including day surgery and other locations where surgical interventions occur. Development and use of emerging technologies, quality improvement, and patient safety and risk management will be explored. Additionally, topics more directly related surgical patient undergoing a variety of surgical interventions are also examined.


Assessment task 1: Indepth Analysis of a Complex Patient Case Study


An in-depth analysis of a complex patient will assist students to advance their perioperative nursing practice by: (a) developing their skills as reflective, critical thinkers; (b) increasing their specific knowledge and understanding of perioperative nursing; and (c) considering ways to implement "best practice" into the care of the surgical patient.


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 2.3

Type: Case study
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

2500 words

Assessment task 2: Online Modules


The purpose of these online modules 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.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A 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: 20%

Assessment task 3: Surgical Speciality Inservice and Reflection


This assessment assists postgraduate students to develop presentation and leadership skills often required in advanced perioperative nursing roles. This assessment contributes to the students learning by (i) developing their skills as reflective, critical thinkers (ii) increase their knowledge and understanding of a specific surgical speciality and (iii) develop the skills of assimilating knowledge into patient care perspectives. This will enhance their capacity for clinical judgement based on their own research, interaction with others and self reflection.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, 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: Individual
Weight: 40%

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 words

Required texts

All essential material will be made available on UTS online.


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

Other resources

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Improve your academic and English language skills
Marks for all assessment tasks such as assignments and examinations are given not only for what you write but also for how you write. If you would like the opportunity to improve your academic and English language skills, make an appointment with the HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support) Service in Student Services.

HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS ( HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at the UTS Library. Phone (02) 9514 9733

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