Clinical Practice in Orthopaedic Nursing
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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 922
Availability Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite 042 – Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts N/A
Co-ordinated by Ruth Green
Content 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: 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 x2 10% 2, 8
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 (2,250 words) 45% 6
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 (2,250 words) 45% 10
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.

Clinical Practice in Orthopaedic Nursing (922) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.