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Post-anaesthetic Recovery Unit Nursing
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This unit of study provides students with opportunities to consolidate and expand their clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes within the specialty of post anaesthetic care nursing. Issues and content covered in this unit of study provide students with an opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills, especially in airway management, respiratory and cardiac assessment, management of context-specific technology and enhanced decision-making skills.

Post-anaesthetic Recovery Unit Nursing
Unit of study code 282

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) 2018, Standards for perioperative nursing in Australia, 15th edn, 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

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) apply the nursing knowledge and skills required to provide a comprehensive nursing assessment and plan nursing care to meet the needs of the patient during the post anaesthetic phase Assessment 1: Online activity – Guided case analysis 10% 3
Theme 2: Airway considerations b) combine ACORN and ANZCA standards with nursing knowledge and skills to provide a safe environment for the patient in recovery Assessment 2: Essay (1,500 words) 30% 5
Theme 3: Cardiovascular assessment and management c) critically evaluate the clinical skills required for delivering quality patient centred care within PARU Assessment 3: Online discussion  x1 10% 7
Theme 4: Fluid balance & fluid replacement therapy d) propose comprehensive, safe and effective evidence-based practice related to the nursing assessment and management of acute pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting in PARU Assessment 4: Case analysis (2,000 words) 50% 10
Theme 5: Neurological assessment & management e) critically analyse the role of the PARU nurse in discharge planning.
Theme 6: Patient temperature management
Theme 7: Pain assessment & management
Theme 8: Postoperative nausea & vomiting
Theme 9: Intermediate recovery & discharge from PARU

Post-anaesthetic Recovery Unit Nursing (282) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.