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This unit of study provides students with opportunities to consolidate and expand their clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes within the specialty of anaesthetic nursing. 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 221

Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts

Australian College of Perioperative Nurses Ltd (ACORN) 2018, Standards for perioperative nursing in Australia, 15th edn, Author, Adelaide, South Australia.

Nagelhout, JJ & Elisha S, 2018, Nurse anesthesia, 6th edn, 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

Note 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 safe nursing care a) discuss legal and ethical aspects that affect perioperative care pertaining to their role as an anaesthetic nurse Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 3, 8
Theme 2: Anaesthesia – delivery and preparation b) analyse methods of patient assessment in the pre-operative phase and apply these to practice Assessment 2: Case analysis (2,000 words) 40% 5
Theme 3: Monitoring for anaesthesia c) examine the techniques for anaesthesia administration, including pharmacokinetics of anaesthetics and associated patient management Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: General anaesthesia & pharmacology d) explore the knowledge and skills required to provide a safe environment for the patient during anaesthesia according to current ANZCA and ACORN guidelines
Theme 5: Anaesthetic emergencies e) evaluate the nursing care required to meet the physical and psychological needs of the patient undergoing anaesthesia
Theme 6: Procedural anaesthesia f) analyse their own skills, values and clinical experiences in order to promote safe patient outcomes.
Theme 7: Transfer of care

Anaesthetic Nursing (221) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.