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96203 Professional Development in Perioperative Practice

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks


This subject aims to advance students' professional development and non-clinical skills in the perioperative environment. Students develop their cognitive skills by analysing, consolidating and synthesising their theoretical knowledge in relation to accountability in practice, evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning and transfer this knowledge into managing complex issues. Students also establish strategies to build excellence in communication skills and teamwork. The subject also aims to enhance students' professional practice by encouraging students to critically evaluate and transform their individual and workplace leadership and decision-making skills to build excellence in their perioperative nursing practice.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Analyse the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of the perioperative nurse
B. Critically appraise patient safety and risk management strategies in the perioperative environment
C. Demonstrate effective communication skills
D. Integrate and apply knowledge of multidisciplinary teamwork in the perioperative environment
E. Evaluate individual and workplace leadership skills
F. Appraise research evidence to develop and improve clinical decision making skills

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 effective, collaborative and responsive leaders (2.0)
  • 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 non -clinical skills in perioperative practice and integrate evidence in relation to these skills into clinical practice, thereby providing support for your professional development as a perioperative nurse.

These strategies include:

  1. Preparatory activities for study days e.g. recommended readings, watching online material, discussion forum participation. These activities will be integrated into in-class learning.

  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.

  3. Online learning modules using interactive, scenario-based learning which will unfold at your own pace. Feedback is immediate which assists in developing reasoning and problem solving skills.

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

Content (topics)

This subject covers a range of topics and issues relevant to the professional development of perioperative nurses. This subject aligns closely with the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) Guidelines for Perioperative Nursing (2018). Content includes:

  • National standards and risk management tools for perioperative nursing
  • Accountability in practice including patient safety and risk management, legal and ethical considerations, critical thinking and evidence based practice.
  • Effective communication and teamwork in the perioperative setting including the development of situational awareness and shared mental model.
  • Development of leadership skills including advanced clinical reasoning and decision-making skills with reflective practice.


Assessment task 1: Online Reading/resources and Reflective Discussion Activities (ORaRDA)


This assessment will encourage students to link knowledge and skills learned in on-campus workshops to their individual work settings. Through four separate and sequential online reading and reflective activity forums, students will be asked to read and reflect upon the concepts of: (i) Leadership; (ii) Decision Making; (iii) Communication and Teamwork and (iv) Accountability in Practice. Participation in these forums will support students’ development as advanced practitioners in the perioperative settings.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

C, D and F

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

1.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0

Weight: 40%

4 separate initial posts (1 post per concept), 400 words each; 4 separate responses to other students posts (1 post per concept), 100 words each. Total 2000 words.

Assessment task 2: Reflection on Individual and Team Performance


This assessment supports students to observe and reflect on their individual and team responses to a critical incident, which requires timely assessment and management.


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, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0

Weight: 60%

3500 words

Required texts

Students will have access to the ACORN Standards via UTS Online, there are no other required texts. All required readings and material will be provided.

Other resources

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Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
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Improve your academic and English language skills
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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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