Emergency Nursing
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This unit of study is designed to explore issues specific to nursing practice in the emergency setting. Topics explored in this unit of study include triage, trauma management, medical and surgical presentations, mental health emergencies, disaster management, and stabilisation and transfer.

Emergency Nursing
Unit of study code 069
Availability Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

GC single unit of study (single unit of study only available for graduates of Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing or equivalent)

Pre-requisite Single unit of study only available for graduates of Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing or equivalent
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Maria Baric MACN / Sinu Thomas
Email: maria.baric@acn.edu.au / sinu.thomas@acn.edu.au
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: Triage a) apply knowledge of physiology and pathophysiology to the assessment and management of acute and chronic disease, recognising their complex and dynamic nature across the life span Assessment 1: Online activities x2 20% 1-9
Theme 2: Medical & surgical presentations b) rationalise and evaluate current management of illnesses and injury in the emergency department and develop an understanding of the medical and surgical procedures, therapies and interventions available Assessment 2: Literature critique (1,500 words) 30% 5
Theme 3: Trauma c) analyse the standardised triage systems used in Australasia to enhance clinical assessment, prioritisation and allocation of appropriate resources Assessment 3: Case analysis (3,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Mental health presentations d) examine the impact of injury and the systematic approach used in trauma management to clinical practice
Theme 5: Stabilisation and transfer e) discuss patient stabilisation and preparation for transfer for diagnostic procedures, surgery, and/or ongoing clinical assessment and management

f) rationalise and evaluate clinical management and assessment strategies to prevent and manage complications to optimise patient outcomes

g) critically reflect on your current practice in relation to current literature and evidence in assessing and planning patient care

h) recognise the cultural and ethnic issues in relation to the care of a patient and evaluate the nurse’s role, attitudes and values in care of patients presenting to the emergency department.

Emergency Nursing (069) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.