University of Technology Sydney

92438 Medical Surgical Nursing

6cp; 4hpw (tutorial); 8.5hpw (laboratory); 80-120hrs (clinical placement)
Requisite(s): ((42 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90330 Standard entry (BN) OR 42 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM91040 Standard Program) AND 92433 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 2)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.



This subject builds on previous clinical subjects. Students develop their understanding and application of nursing processes with increasing emphasis on effective critical reasoning and sound judgement. The focus of learning is on the nursing management of adults admitted to acute care facilities with medical–surgical conditions. Students analyse and apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills in clinical case scenarios based on commonly encountered medical–surgical problems. Nursing competencies previously achieved are reinforced and relevant nursing skills strengthened and extended including: vital signs and neurological observations; infection control; administration of parenteral medications; person-centred nursing care; suture/staple removal; pain assessment and management; and fluid and electrolyte replacement. Students are exposed to simulated and scenario-based emergency situations, and guided to develop appropriate evidence-based, patient-focused responses. All learning experiences focus on providing safe and effective care to individuals and families drawing on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (ACSQHC 2011) and the Essentials of Care Program (NSW Health: Nursing and Midwifery Office 2014).

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

Spring session, City campus

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