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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 persons 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 outcomes for persons. This unit of study is designed to meet the developing needs of orthopaedic nurses.

Clinical Practice in Orthopaedic Nursing
Unit of study code 922
Availability Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing
Pre-requisite 042 – Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts N/A
Co-ordinated by Sinu Thomas
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


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

Assessment Tasks
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Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


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(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Professional practice and collaborative approach to care a) examine 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) interpret specific musculoskeletal assessment techniques used in common traumatic presentations to inform clinical practice Assessment 2: Literature review (2,250 words) 45% 6
Theme 3: Disease process c) analyse 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 pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management strategies used to control orthopaedic related symptoms
Theme 5: Trauma e) explore therapeutic communications to develop a collaborative approach to nursing care
f) evaluate the clinical decision-making process in the context of orthopaedic nursing

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

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing.