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Day surgery nursing

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Day surgery is an increasingly popular option for patients requiring elective surgery. Modern day surgery has evolved considerably due to advances in both surgical and anaesthetic techniques, providing safe, efficient and cost effective patient care in today’s fast paced healthcare environment. This unit of study is designed to explore the unique role of registered nurses working in contemporary day surgery settings, and examines the challenges they face in the provision of patient centred care. The topics introduced in this unit of study include; day surgery environments and the models of care, patient transition from preadmission to safe discharge and the legal and ethical aspects of patient care.

Day Surgery Nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study





Fee*Tier 1

Prescribed text:

Timmins, F & McCabe, C, 2009, Day Surgery: contemporary approaches to nursing care, Wiley-Blackwell.

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: Legal and professional issues in day surgery nursing

a) Discuss the legal and ethical aspects that affect patient care within the day surgery environment

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2


2, 4

Theme 2: Phases of care 1 – Preadmission and admission

b) Analyse the models of care within the day surgery environment and the associated scope of practice for nurses

Assessment 2 Essay (2000 words)



Theme 3: Phases of care 2 – intraoperative

c) Assess the physical and psychological needs of the patient from pre-admission to discharge from care

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 4: Recovery stages and improving patient outcomes

d) Examine the nursing care strategies used to meet the needs of the day surgery patient





e) Critically analyse the communication processes used within day surgery





f) Critically evaluate your own values, attitudes, skills and clinical experience to participate in ongoing professional development of self and others




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.