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 pre-admission to safe discharge and the legal and professional aspects of patient care.

Day Surgery Nursing
Unit of study code 298
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

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 Timmins, F & McCabe, C, 2009, Day Surgery: contemporary approaches to nursing care, Wiley-Blackwell.
Co-ordinated by Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN
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: Legal and professional issues in day surgery nursing a) discuss the legal and professional issues that impact on care delivery within the day surgery environment Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 3, 7
Theme 2: Phases of care 1 – pre-admission and admission b) analyse the models of care within the day surgery environment and the associated scope of nursing practice Assessment 2: Short essays (2x essays of 1,000 words each) 40% 5
Theme 3: Phases of care 2 – intraoperative c) discuss and evaluate the importance of patient education within day surgery Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Recovery stages and improving patient outcomes d) assess the physical and psychological needs of the patient from pre-admission to discharge from care

e) examine the nursing care strategies used to meet the needs of the day surgery patient.

Day Surgery Nursing (298) 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.