This unit of study is designed for registered nurses working in the orthopaedic environment. The purpose of the unit of study is to examine the pathophysiology and management of patients with orthopaedic conditions with a focus on trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. Content includes pathophysiology of common musculoskeletal conditions, specific fracture assessment, pain management strategies, a collaborative approach to care and contemporary research and management. Evidence based practice and research is explored to promote clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. This unit of study is designed to meet the developing needs of orthopaedic nurses. Students must be working in an orthopaedic environment and in the clinical speciality being studied.
Clinical practice in orthopaedic nursing
Unit of study code
PG unit of study
Jester, R, Santy, J & Rodgers, J 2011, Oxford Handbook of orthopaedic and trauma nursing, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Co-ordinated by: Robyn Manning
Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
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: Professional Practice and collaborative approach to care
a) Discuss the pathophysiology associated with altered homeostatic changes as it relates to orthopaedic dysfunction or injury
Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2
Theme 2: Assessment and management of adult and paediatric pain
b) Summarise and interpret specific musculoskeletal assessment techniques used to evaluate common traumatic presentations and integrate the findings to clinical practice
Assessment 2 Literature review (2250 words)
Theme 3: Disease process
c) Evaluate surgical, interventional and orthopaedic nursing management strategies used to manage acute, chronic and complex orthopaedic disorders or injury;
Assessment 3 Case study (2250 words)
Theme 4: Musculoskeletal Cancers
d) Critique pain management strategies, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to control orthopaedic dysfunction or injury related symptoms;
Theme 5: Trauma
e) Examine therapeutic relationships and a family centred focus to develop a collaborative approach to nursing care;
f) Evaluate and incorporate into clinical decision making, research, best practice guidelines and evidence based practice.
Units commencing or have commenced in 2017
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