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This unit of study prepares students to plan, assess and manage patients receiving anaesthesia. Through a series of activities and readings, students will investigate the necessity of planning in peri-anaesthesia nursing.  A systematic approach to patient assessment and management is used, and topics including as the use, care and maintenance of anaesthetic equipment, techniques used in anaesthesia, identifying and managing anaesthetic emergencies, and the pharmacology of anaesthesia are covered. Decision making skills are enhanced through examination of professional and ethical considerations.

Anaesthetic nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

PG unit of study





Fee*Tier 1

Prescribed texts:

Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) 2016, Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia. 14th edn. Adelaide, South Australia.

Nagelhout, JJ & Plaus, KL 2014, Nurse anesthesia, 5th edn, Saunders Elsevier, Missouri.

Co-ordinated by: Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Assessment & planning for care

a) Revise and discuss legal and ethical aspects that affect perioperative care pertaining to their role as an anaesthetic nurse

Assessment 1 Online discussion x 1



Theme 2: The anaesthetic machine & anaesthetic delivery

b) Analyse methods of patient assessment in the pre-operative phase and apply these methods to practice

Assessment 2 Essay (1500 words)




Theme 3: Preparation for the administration of anaesthesia

c) Examine the techniques for the administration of anaesthesia including pharmacokinetics of anaesthetics and associated patient management

 Assessment 3 Quiz (20 questions)



Theme 4: General anaesthesia & pharmacology

d) Combine the knowledge and skills required to provide a safe environment for the patient during anaesthesia according to the ANZCA and ACORN guidelines

Assessment 4 Guided case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 5: Monitoring for anaesthesia

e) Plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care to meet the physical and psychological needs of the patient undergoing anaesthesia




Theme 6: Anaesthetic emergencies

f) Critically reflect on and analyse their own skills, values and clinical experiences to improve and practice better patient outcomes




Theme 7: Procedural anaesthesia







Theme 8: Transfer of care







Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.