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Post-anaesthetic Recovery Unit Nursing
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This unit of study is designed for registered nurses who are currently working in the post-anaesthetic care setting and wish to consolidate and expand their existing knowledge and skills in this clinical specialty. A systematic approach to clinical assessment and management allows the student to explore all aspects of nursing care, including recognition and management of complications and side effects of anaesthesia and surgical interventions.

Post-anaesthetic Recovery Unit Nursing
Unit of study code 282
Availability Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Australian College of Perioperative Nurses Ltd (ACORN) (2020). Standards for perioperative nursing in Australia. (16th ed). Author. Adelaide. South Australia

Hatfield, A. (2014). The complete recovery room book. 5th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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: The PARU environment & initial patient assessment a) discuss the role of the postanaesthetic care unit (PACU) nurse in the delivery of holistic care Assessment 1: Online activity 15% 4
Theme 2: Airway considerations b) explore systematic clinical assessment processes in the post-anaesthesia phase of care Assessment 2: Essay (1,500 words) 30% 5
Theme 3: Cardiovascular assessment and management c) demonstrate reflection on the knowledge and skills required to provide a safe environment in the post-anaesthesia phase of care Assessment 3: Online discussion 5% 8
Theme 4: Fluid balance & fluid replacement therapy d) evaluate the evidence-based nursing care required to meet the needs of the adult/child in the post-anaesthesia phase of care Assessment 4: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 5: Neurological assessment & management
Theme 6: Patient temperature management
Theme 7: Pain assessment & management
Theme 8: Postoperative nausea & vomiting
Theme 9: Transfer of care

Post-anaesthetic Recovery Unit Nursing (282) 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.